ANTHRAX‘s concert Wednesday night (February 15) at the Barrowland in Glasgow, United Kingdom was filmed for a DVD, to be released later this year via Megaforce. Seventeen cameras, including five GoPros and a full-size camera crane, captured more than two hours of ANTHRAX favorites that were voted onto the evening’s set list by fans and included “Madhouse”, “Be All, End All”, “Breathing Lightning” and “A.I.R.”, followed by ANTHRAX‘s classic 1987 album “Among The Living” performed start to finish. In addition to the live footage, the DVD will include “fly-on-the-wall” interviews and other B-roll shot on the band’s tour bus, backstage, in hotels and elsewhere.
The DVD is being produced and directed by Paul Green of the Manchester, U.K.-based Paul Green Productions who has filmed concerts for OPETH, THE DAMNED, Gary Numan, THE LEVELLERS and many others.
Last year’s celebration of ANTHRAX‘s 35th anniversary saw the band getting some of the best live reviews of its career, but the reception from British fans on this tour has been far more than anyone anticipated.
“I don’t know why it took us so long to come back to the U.K. and headline our own tour,” said ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna, “but I’m sure glad we did. These shows have been some of the best we’ve ever done, and that’s really due to the interaction with the fans; they’ve just been crazy. And that’s what we wanted to capture for this DVD.”
ANTHRAX plays its last “Among The Kings” U.K. date Friday in Norwich and then heads to 22 European cities, winding up in Paris on March 16.
The “Among The Kings” show is divided into two parts — one, “Among The Living” performed live start to finish, and then the other half will be a special set that ANTHRAX is inviting its fans to help create. Fans should go to anthrax.com/setlist-vote where the band has posted the titles of 44 of their songs from throughout their career. You can vote for up to 10 songs, and the songs that receive the most votes will make up that portion of the live show. The band plans to keep an eye on the votes over the course of the European dates so as the most voted for songs may change, the band will alter their set lists appropriately.
Despite the fact that “Among The Living” was ANTHRAX‘s third album (following 1984’s “Fistful Of Metal” and 1985’s “Spreading The Disease”), guitarist Scott Ian told Metal Hammer that the band wasn’t being forced by the record company at the time to make any big commercial breakthrough. “We were under no pressure at all,” he said. “We had no time limit for writing or recording. The way we worked back then, when there were enough songs for an album, then we’d go in and do it. We never wrote more than was necessary. In a way, I now regret that situation. We were on such a roll that perhaps someone should have persuaded us to carry on writing. Who knows what else may have come out? When you’re in that zone, there’s a lot to be said for staying in. I’m not criticizing what’s on ‘Among The Living’, but we may have benefited from being a little less hasty in finishing up the writing side.”
Regarding the recording process for “Among The Living”, Scott said: “We had just come off the METALLICA tour in the fall of ’86 when [METALLICA bassist] Cliff Burton was killed, and we had come off that tour obviously early because of the tragedy. And that’s when we started recording that record, pretty much right after that. I feel like the energy just really jumps off that record; you fucking hear how pissed off we are playing our instruments on that record. There’s a brutality on that album that you don’t hear on the two records before ‘Among The Living’. It was just the record of its time; it really was.”