ANTHRAX Singer To Play Three Solo Shows In Finland

ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna has scheduled the following solo tour dates:

Mar. 10 - The Met - Providence, RI
Mar. 11 - Toads Place - New Haven, CT
Mar. 17 - Carriage House - Louisville, OH
Mar. 18 - Chicago City Limits - Schaumberg, IL
Mar. 19 - The Token Lounge - Westland, MI
Mar. 20 - The Warehouse - Valparasio, OH
Mar. 26 - Cube Restaurant - Newark, DE
Mar. 31 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
Apr. 08 - Quixotes - Denver, CO
Apr. 09 - The Venue - Casper, WY
Jun. 02 - The Rock House - Indianapolis, IN
Jun. 03 - The Basement - Columbus, OH
Jun. 04 - McGuffy's House Of Rock - Dayton, OH
Jun. 09 - Virgin Oil Club - Helsinki, Finland
Jun. 10 - Sauna Open Air Festival - Tempere, Finland
Jun. 11 - Club Teatria - Oulu, Finland
Jun. 17 - Martini Ranch - Scottsdale, AZ
Jun. 22 - The Nutty Irishman - Farmingdale, NY
Jun. 23 - Bourbon Street - Baltimore, MD
Jun. 24 - Havana's - New Hope, PA
Jun. 25 - Livewire Night Club - Mentor, OH

When asked in a recent interview with why he decided to do solo dates at this time, Joey replied, "Well, I'm always putting dates together. Right now, I'm working with some agents and we found some places to play. But I'm always pursuing that, regardless. I've been doing this solo for so long and even though I'm with ANTHRAX now, I'm still doing it. It's not just because I have nothing to do, but because it's what I do. We really aren't working that much (with ANTHRAX) anyhow, but at the same time it really doesn't have anything to do with that. But, the dates are just falling in this year, as opposed to last year. I also play out every weekend, locally. I have a cover band called CHIEF BIG WAY. And we do a classic rock covers from BOSTON, JOURNEY, FOREIGNER, LED ZEPPELIN and bands like that."

On the topic of whether he plans on releasing a new BELLADONNA CD anytime soon, Joey said, "I have about three-quarters of a record ready. And we are trying to finish it up. It seems like it takes forever, but it's really a matter of who is available to work on it and finish it. And of course, I have to start working on some ANTHRAX material as well. I have been, but there is still more work to do on that one. So that's going to take some time, but that shouldn't interfere with what we are doing to finish up the release. But, I'm really enjoying the music that we are creating."

Regarding the sound of his new solo material and how it compares to his previous solo work, Belladonna said, "I think that it's a bit more metal in some ways. It's harder, it has different tunings and it is a bit more intricate. But it's still hard and heavy rock. There is a bit of old-school thrash. But I really don’t want to put any labels on it."

On whether BELLADONNA performs any ANTHRAX or cover songs or if the band just sticks to Joey's solo material:

Joey: "Well, it's all of the above. Depending on the night and what everyone feels comfortable with. Some nights we could do all ANTHRAX, and it's totally different with BELLADONNA because we are a three-piece. Everyone's take on the songs is a little different. So, it's kind of cool that way. But we've been leaning towards doing ANTHRAX material, because it just feels comfortable banging them out."

Video footage of Joey Belladonna performing in Plymouth, Massachusetts on July 31, 2009 can be viewed below.


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