Why Some People Thought Joey Belladonna Was ‘Nuts’ For Rejoining Anthrax

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Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna officially joined the thrash band in 1984, making his studio debut on 1985’s Spreading the Disease. However, Belladonna ended up being let go from the band in 1992, only to be brought back on in 2005.

During a recent conversation with The Metal Voice, Belladonna reflected on what it was like to be brought back into the band after they kicked him out.

When it comes to his decision to rejoin Anthrax, Belladonna shares that some folks were surprised, even asking him “Are you nuts?”

Reflecting on what it was like to rejoin the legendary thrash band, here is what Belladonna has to say (the following was transcribed by Blabbermouth):

“Some people were, like, ‘What? Are you nuts?’ You’ve been in relationships. It’s kind of the same idea. You can either be on the same page or you can be a little deviant and send it off course and expect a lot more from someone that you’re not doing your part.

“And what are the reasons? There’s a lot to it too. Sometimes there’s just no reason for it. And what do you get from it? And then you’ve gotta backtrack. And then you’ve gotta pick it up again — twice.”

The Anthrax singer continues, “I’m happy for the fans. I just think people need to see it the way it was. There was nothing wrong with it, in my eyes. I think everything we were doing, even to the last minute before I was gone… ‘Persistence [Of Time]’. C’mon. [There’s some] good stuff [on that album].”

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In other news related to Anthrax, starting today, the band is hitting the road for a brand new tour. They will be performing alongside Black Label Society and Exodus.

You can find all the dates and locations associated with this new tour below; you will also find links to other Anthrax-related stories.

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  • 1/17 – Boise, ID, Revolution Concert House
    1/18 – Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
    1/20 – Vancouver, BC PNE Forum
    1/21 – Penticton, BC, So. Okanagan Events Ctr.
    1/22 – Calgary, AB, Grey Eagle Events Centre
    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