ANTHRAX Guitarist: Vocalist JOHN BUSH Is Not Out Of The Band

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has rejected Internet rumors that vocalist John Bush has been kicked out of the group in favor of returning frontman Joey Belladonna.

Just hours after an offical press release was circulated confirming ANTHRAX's plans to tour this summer with the classic "Among the Living" lineup, Ian dismissed speculation that Bush's tenure in the group has come to an end.

Responding to several online postings about Bush's current status in the group, Ian wrote, "For the 10th time, John is not out of the band."

ANTHRAX's "Among the Living" lineup — Ian, Belladonna, Charlie Benante (drums), Dan Spitz (guitar) and Frank Bello (bass) — has confirmed a number of European festival appearances this spring/summer, and has scheduled an Australian tour in May. In addition, the group remain a favorite to fill the "mystery band" open slot on the main stage at this year's Ozzfest, which kicks off July 15 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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