Anthrax Name New Fill-In Drummer While Charlie Benante Steps Away

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Anthrax is currently on the road and touring alongside Black Label Society and Exodus, however, band drummer Charlie Benante is stepping away from performing for a little bit.

Unfortunately, Benante is in need of taking care of some health matters (nothing serious, per the band).

A statement has been provided via Anthrax social media regarding Benante’s temporary exit, as well as who will be covering for Anthrax drummer.

Per that statement provided by the band:

“Our man who beats the beat – Charlie Benante – has stepped away from the tour for a few days to have a minor procedure done and will not be at the next few shows.

“Never fear, the formidable Derek Roddy is filling in while Charlie is away – and no worries, Charlie will be back soon. In the meantime, the metal is still heavy and the show must go on. We’ll see you there!”

Roddy has made a hell of a name for himself in the world of drumming. He has performed for such bands as Nile, Malevolent Creation, and Divine Empire (just to name a few).

That said, Roddy is perhaps most well-known for his work in Hate Eternal.

While Benante takes time to address these health matters and rest up, Roddy makes for a great choice for a fill-in Anthrax drummer. If you are interested in seeing the band live, you can find all their upcoming tour dates and locations listed below.

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  • 1/24 – Winnipeg, MB, Burton Cummings
    1/25 – Grand Forks, ND, Alerus Center
    1/27 – Madison, WI, The Sylvee
    1/28 – Mt. Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
    1/29 – Chicago, Il, Radius
    1/31 – Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theater
    2/2 – Portland, ME, Cross Insurance Arena
    2/3 – Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
    2/4 – Bethlehem, PA, Wind Creek Events Center
    2/5 – Boston, MA, House of Blues
    2/7 – Corbin, KY, Corbin Arena
    2/8 – St. Louis, MO, The Factory at The District
    2/10 – San Antonio, TX, Tec Port Center + Arena
    2/11 – Houston, TX, Bayou Music Center
    2/13 – Wichita, KS, The Cotillion
    2/14 – Oklahoma City, OK, The Criterion
    2/15 – Albuquerque, NM, Revel
    2/17 – Riverside, CA, Riverside Municipal Auditorium
    2/18 – Oakland, CA, Fox Theater


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