On October 28, Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal of Metal Assault conducted an interview with ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna at the South Side Music Hall in Dallas, Texas. You can now watch the chat below.
When asked about the incident that occurred during ANTHRAX‘s October 22 concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles when he was tackled — along with a fan that had made its way to the stage — by a security guard, Belladonna said, “Yeah, it wasn’t even just [that the security guard] land[ed] on [me]… He bulldozed me down, man. I got, like, slammed… And then once I got buried, it was like an eight-guy pile-on, too, on top. It was just a weird thing that happened. Usually that doesn’t happen with me involved. I just wanted to go [to the fan that came onstage], ‘Hey, guy, what’s up?! Everything’s good.’ And within seconds I was on the ground. I had both arms on [the fan’s] shoulder, and as I turned out, within seconds, I got plowed over. . . I know under certain circumstances [the security guards] have to react quite quickly, because it could be a matter of minutes [before something really bad happens]. But at that point, maybe it just didn’t look right to [the security guard]. I don’t know… I’ve seen people come out and
really get too quick with it. If mean, if [the security guard is] that big, he could have just put his arms around [the fan and said], ‘OK, you’re done now.
I’m just gonna hold you and now we’re gonna walk you off. And if you don’t wanna, then we’ve gotta fight.’ ‘Cause I’ve seen people resist, and that’s when it gets ugly, too.”
ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian tweeted about the episode afterwards, writing, “Joey is banged up but OK. You’d think security would know he’s in the band. He’d only been on stage for 90 minutes.”
Fan-filmed video footage of the entire incident can be seen below.
ANTHRAX‘s new album, “Worship Music”, sold 28,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 12 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous studio CD, 2003’s “We’ve Come For You All”, opened with just under 10,000 units to debut at No. 122.
The CD cover artwork for “Worship Music” was handled by renowned comic book artist Alex Ross, who has worked with Marvel Comics and
DC Comics and is known for his “Marvels”, “Kingdom Come”, and “Astro City” illustrations. Ross also did the original artwork for ANTHRAX‘s “We’ve Come For You All” and “Music Of Mass Destruction” albums.