ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante will launch a RUSH tribute EP titled “Transferring Pitchers” on Saturday, April 23 as a part of this yr’s Report Retailer Day.
The five-song EP, whose baseball-themed title is a play on the title of RUSH‘s basic 1981 album “Transferring Photos”, is proscribed to 1,500 copies. It consists of two tracks off “Transferring Photos”, “Purple Barchetta” and “YYZ”, together with “Subdivisions”, “Freewill” and “La Villa Strangiato”.
Benante is joined on the trouble by TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and KORN bassist Roberto “Ra” Díaz, CROBOT vocalist Brandon Yeagley, and TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA keyboardist Mee Eun Kim. The musicians’ RUSH covers had been initially made out there on Benante‘s YouTube channel in 2020, with every musician recording his or her half remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic.
On the EP’s again cowl, which Benante shared on his Instagram on Tuesday (April 19), he wrote: ” One yr in the past I had this concept to make a video whereas in quarantine. I used to be feeling fairly down concerning the passing of Neil Peart and concerning the Pandemic… I wanted to be artistic and play! I contacted Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT) and Ra Diaz (SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) about doing a RUSH track and video they usually each preferred the thought. We ended up doing YYZ. I felt that they had been most likely feeling the identical manner I used to be. and that this could be an effective way of jamming and entertaining ourselves whereas we had been caught at dwelling. The response to the preliminary video was overwhelming! It actually made us really feel good throughout a foul time. I then requested Brandon Yeagley (CROBOT) to Sing on Freewill. Now it began to develop. The tunes had been increasing musically and getting suggestions!
“The final piece of the puzzle was Mee Eun Kim (TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA). She does such a terrific job on Subdivisions.
“A complete yr and a half!… I cant imagine it has been a yr??
“2020 ended up being a yr of creating music, artwork and movies. I launched Silver Linings, however did not embrace the RUSH Songs. I needed the RUSH songs to be on their very own EP.
“What you might be holding in your hand is the fruits of emotion, willpower, nice buddies, great musicians and the love of RUSH and naturally Neil Peart.
“That is devoted to the Professor.
“Because of – Andy Lagis, Asim Ali, Piero Medone and Carla Harvey for motivating me.”
“Transferring Pitchers” observe itemizing:
02. Purple Barchetta
04. La Villa Strangiato
Final Might, Benante launched a covers album, “Silver Linings”, through Megaforce Data. The 14-track effort featured an all-star solid of “who’s who” within the thrash, steel, and rock worlds, with all cuts culled from Benante‘s acclaimed “quarantine jam” video collection.
In 2021, ANTHRAX celebrated its fortieth anniversary with numerous particular actions and occasions. Shaped by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker in Queens, New York on July 18, 1981, ANTHRAX was one of many first thrash steel bands to emerge from the East Coast and rapidly grew to become considered a pacesetter within the style alongside METALLICA, SLAYER and MEGADETH.
Lively over the previous 5 many years, ANTHRAX has launched 11 studio albums, been awarded a number of gold and platinum certifications, obtained six Grammy nominations, toured the world since 1984 enjoying hundreds of reveals, together with headlining Madison Sq. Backyard and enjoying Yankee Stadium with the “Huge 4”.
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