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Acts of worship

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante on the legends' latest comeback

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The renewed partnership clicked. The Big 4 shows began last year and most recently included a September show at Yankee Stadium in Anthrax’s home borough of the Bronx, New York.

“We were the band that had the most to prove and the most to win,” Benante says. “I really think it helped us recapture what we had been missing. It has a huge effect on us personally as well.”

Anthrax returned to work on Worship Music, this time with Belladonna on vocals, and it was released in September to rave reviews and their second-highest Billboard placement ever.

“It became a classic album,” Benante says. “Before, it was just an Anthrax record. And I think it became a fucking diamond.”

As for the Big 4 shows, Benante has nothing but great memories, particularly the New York City stop.

“It was a special week, I should say, because we were presented with our own day (Sept. 14) in the Bronx,” Benante says. “Then we played Yankee Stadium and it was everything I thought it would be. You try to grasp as much as you could in those 60 minutes, but it’s never enough. It’s never enough.”

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