Anthrax will be releasing an EP of covers on March 19 called Anthems, a tribute to some of the classic rock tunes beloved by the band. It includes a cover of "Anthem" by the Greatest Band In North America, RUSH, which you can hear below. Guitarist Scott Ian said in Billboard Magazine it was fun because, " a lot of those [songs] aren't, I guess, normal for us or like so much of our repertoire — although they are because they're songs we all knew."
I think they did a great job. It takes huge balls to cover Rush, but we all know Anthrax has those. Can't wait to hear their version of Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak"! What do you think?
Ian said the song choice is from songs the band has jammed on for fun for years, "Because you really don't wanna have to work too hard on these things, although the RUSH song is a bit of a bitch; I can't say that's an easy one. But it's a song we all know and we're all familiar with, so then, of course, you take on the challenge of just really trying to nail it and do it justice."
In other Anthrax news local guy Jon Donais from Shadows Fall will play guitar for Anthrax on their upcoming tour filling in for departed guitarist Rob Caggiano who has joined Volbeat.