ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has responded to the scathingly negative comments made by the group's (former?) axeman Rob Caggiano regarding the reunion of the band's classic "Among the Living" lineup.
In an interview with the Anthrax Reunion Bashing Club published a couple of days ago, Caggiano said about the reunion, "[ANTHRAX] fucked up! The band should have made a new record with [vocalist John] Bush and myself instead of doing this reunion thing. I feel like ANTHRAX lost a lot of momentum by doing this and they also made it a lot harder for anyone to take them seriously as far as 'new' music is concerned. They became a 'nostalgia' act. When I was in the band, we were playing sold-out shows all over the world and the audiences were always packed with young kids! These same young kids would be singing every word of 'What Doesn't Die', 'Safe Home' or any of the 'We've Come for You All' stuff... going nuts!!! It really felt like the band was building its fan base up again. It was proof that after 20 years, ANTHRAX was still relevant in the ever-changing world of heavy metal! This was especially true in Europe, where the band actually had a 'real' record label working the record.
"I think there are a few different reasons for this reunion. I think it boils down to the people that surround this band for the most part, though... It all boils down to money. I'm sure the management is making a lot of money off this circus. One thing is for sure: the 'music' wasn't the reason for the reunion! So I guess that would make all the other reasons.... wrong!! Right?"
Writing in response to Caggiano's comments, Ian said, "I understand Rob's sentiment and it's a nice one. The problem is it is not based in reality. There was no next record. I stated this months ago and I will reiterate one more time: Without the reunion there was no next record. It's nice to imagine that things would've just gone on from 'We've Come for You All', but it was impossible. That's it. As far as why that is the case, sorry, it's none of anyone's business outside the members of this band.
"And just one aside... No one ever brings up the fact that Frankie [Bello, bass] is back in the band because of this reunion. I think that's a great thing. The three of us [Scott, Frank and drummer Charlie Benante] are closer than ever. All I see is why did he leave?
"We know what we are doing. The wheels are in motion. The songs sound great. And yes, I can answer the question of what it is we are doing and who is going to sing and whatever else you are wondering, and I will when it is time. So please stop arguing and complaining about this. Just be happy that we are still here making music and we're all still around to enjoy ourselves."