ANTHRAX manager Tim Dralle has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that bassist Frank Bello is no longer a member of ANTHRAX. The group's official statement on the matter is as follows: "Due to internal reasons, Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING) will be temporarily handling bass playing duties for ANTHRAX on their upcoming tours of Japan and Australia." More information will be made available soon.
As previously reported, ANTHRAX will be joined by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, and SOILWORK on their upcoming headlining tour of Japan and Australia. The dates are as follows:
Apr. 12 - Sapporo, JPN @ Penny Lane
Apr. 14 - Tokyo, JPN @ O-EAST
Apr. 15 - Tokyo, JPN @ O-EAST
Apr. 17 - Osaka, JPN @ Hatch
Apr. 19 - Fukuoka, JPN @ Logos
Apr. 20 - Hiroshima, JPN @ Club Quattro
Apr. 21 - Nagoya, JPN @ Club Quattro
Apr. 23 – Adelaide, AUS @ Heaven
Apr. 24 – Brisbane, AUS @ The Arena
Apr. 25 – Melbourne, AUS @ The Palace
Apr. 26 – Sydney, AUS @ The Metro
Apr. 27 – Sydney, AUS @ The Met
Additional support in Australia will come from EMBODIMENT 12:14.
ANTHRAX will release their much-anticipated live DVD, "Music Of Mass Destruction", on April 6 through Sanctuary Records. Filmed at a sold-out Metro in Chicago on Friday, December 5, 2003, "Music Of Mass Destruction" reportedly captures what is being described as "the show to define the band's legendary career."