After A 40-Year Absence, DAN LILKER Will Join ANTHRAX For Upcoming U.S. And South American Tour Dates

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Anthrax have announced that, due to personal reasons, bassist Frank Bello will not be able to accompany the band on its upcoming South American tour, set to kick off April 13 at MXMF the Metal Fest. 

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

“I’m really looking forward to jamming with Anthrax again,” said Lilker“When we parted ways back in 1984, they told me to stick around because they might need me in 40 years.”

Added the band, “We’re all very excited about with playing with Danny again, and we really appreciate his filling in for Frank. It’s been way too long since we played South America, so you don’t want to miss these shows, they’re going to be insane.” 

Lilker has not been idle over the past four decades, having played in a wide variety of bands. He was the bassist for the thrash/metal band Nuclear Assault and the grindcore band Brutal Truth. He also plays bass for Exit-13, Malformed Earthborn, The Ravenous, Overlord Exterminator, Venomous Concept, and more.

The upcoming Anthrax tour dates with Lilker are as follows:

April 2024

  • 13 MXMF The Metal Fest, Ciudad De México, Mexico
  • 15 Cancha Diamante, San Salvador, El Salvador
  • 17 Pepper’s, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • 19 The Metal Fest, Quito, Ecuador
  • 21 The Metal Fest, Santiago, Chile
  • 23 Sala de Museo, Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 25 El Teatro Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 28 Summer Breeze Open Air, São Paulo, Brazil

May 2024

  •  9 Welcome to Rockville, Daytona Beach, FL
  • 17 Sonic Temple Festival, Columbus, OH

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