John Bush has once again admitted that he has "thought about" the idea of embarking on a special tour during which he would perform material from his time as the singer of ANTHRAX.
Bush fronted ANTHRAX between 1992 and 2005 but was sidelined when ANTHRAX reunited with Joey Belladonna for a 20th-anniversary tour. When that collapsed, and relationships disintegrated with next frontman Dan Nelson, Bush returned for a time before Belladonna took the job back in 2010.
During an appearance on the January 20 episode of "The Rock Show With Gully And Joe", Bush was asked if he would be open to the idea of going out and playing some of Bush-era ANTHRAX songs live again, with with a new band or with some of his former bandmates in ANTHRAX. He responded (hear audio below): "I've thought about it. It's not something that is in any motion to happen. Somehow, someway, it would be cool to sing those songs.
"I am proud of all the records I made with ANTHRAX, and I think there's some great tunes there, and they're just kind of in a limbo state, which is okay. You know, one day, somehow, someway, it would be cool."
He continued: "Those guys, they're a working machine right now, and they seem to be functioning quite well. I don't have a desire to do something to kind of infiltrate them and make something uncomfortable for Joey, because I'm sure they're happy right now, and that could throw a big monkey wrench in it, and that's not my goal or desire. But that being said, somehow, one day, it would be cool to do a couple of shows playing those songs. I don't know where, I don't know how, I don't know with who, I don't have any plans to make that happen today, but maybe one day before I'm too old, it would be cool… It would be nice to do it before I need to come on stage with a cane."
Bush temporarily rejoined ANTHRAX for a number of shows in late 2009 and early 2010 but stepped aside in May 2010 in order to make room for the permanent return of Belladonna.
Although Joey did perform the John Bush-era song "Only" live with ANTHRAX on a couple of occasions, the track has since been dropped from the band's set. "We've got enough songs [that were originally recorded with me on vocals]," Joey explained in a 2016 interview. "We've got enough material; I don't need to go back. I'd just as soon leave that alone. I mean, once in a while I get people complaining, and then after a while, it got really old too. I hate that whole thing, 'cause we're not even the same… We happened to be in the same band, but it's a completely different thing."
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