Danny Lilker Speaks out: "ANTHRAX reunion isn’t permanent. I’m just helping out my buddies with a tour.”

Mar 30, 2024

 *Dan had agreed to be a guest on Metal Mayhem ROC several week's ago PRIOR to this week's ANTHRAX Announcement. Danny and show co host Bill Lander are friends from the Rochester, NY metal community and the original thesis of the interview was for two friends to catch up and reflect on Dan's career in heavy metal. BY NO MEANS did Danny intentially try to use this interview platform to capitalize on the current ANTHRAX developments. We hope to have Dan back at a later date to take a much deeper deep dive into his musical career.*

ANTHRAX has announced that due to personal reasons, bassist Frank Bello will not be able to accompany the I band on it’s upcoming South American tour, set to kick off April 13 at MXMF The Metal Fest in Mexico City. Filling in on those dates, as well as two U.S. festival shows in May, will be ANTHRAX founding member and original bassist Dan Lilker, marking his first appearance with the band in 40 years. Lilker, who co-wrote and played on ANTHRAX's debut album "Fistful Of Metal", was also a member of STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH with Charlie Benante and Scott Ian.

In this exclusive interview with Metal Mayhem ROC, Lilker shares for the first time exactly how long has this ANTHRAX "REUNION" been in the works, and how he was contacted about possibly filling in for Frankie Bello. Danny shares his excitement for playing with Joey Belladonna and John Donais for the first time along with learning the newer ANTHRAX material. Danny mentions that this will be the first time playing live some of the material he helped write in the early 80s. There are set list teases, great personal reflections on his time in ANTRAX, NUCLEAR ASSAULT and S.O.D., as well as extensive commentary on the political correctness of Speak English Or Die back in the 80's. Great insight from one of Heavy Metals true “down to earth” Metal Veterans.


With Lilker on bass, dates for ANTHRAX's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

April 13 - MXMF The Metal Fest, Ciudad De México, Mexico
April 15 - Cancha Diamante, San Salvador, El Salvador
April 17 - Pepper's, San Jose, Costa Rica
April 19 - The Metal Fest, Quito, Ecuador
April 21 - The Metal Fest, Santiago, Chile
April 23 - Sala de Museo, Montevideo, Uruguay
April 25 - El Teatro Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 28 - Summer Breeze Open Air, São Paulo, Brazil
May 09 - Welcome to Rockville, Daytona Beach, FL
May 17 - Sonic Temple Festival, Columbus, OH


Become a part of a community of fellow metal heads who get updated on special episodes, interviews and and exclusive metal news.

We hate SPAM. We will never sell your information, for any reason.