Seit gestern ist es offiziell: Sänger Dan Nelson ist seinen Job als ANTHRAX-Sänger los. Die Europatour der Band und die geplante US-Tournee mit SLIPKNOT sind abgesagt. Lediglich beim Sonisphere Festival in England werden ANTHRAX mit ihrem Ex-Sänger John Bush (ARMORED SAINT) auftreten.
Die Veröffentlichung des neuen ANTHRAX-Albums 'Worship Music', das am 23. Oktober über Nuclear Blast erscheinen sollte, wurde auf unbestimmte Zeit verschoben. Es ist stark zu vermuten, dass die Gesangsspuren von Dan Nelson durch Aufnahmen mit einem neuen Sänger ersetzt werden.
Der Split zeichnete sich bereits letzte Woche ab, als die Band die ersten drei Daten ihrer Europatour absagte und auf eine spontane Erkrankung von Nelson hinwiesen. Dan hat diese Darstellung mittlerweile von sich gewiesen und folgendes Statement veröffentlicht:
'On the advice of counsel, I have remained silent to the statements issued by ANTHRAX in recent days and now must address these issues to my loyal fans and others. I want to set the record straight.
I was never seriously ill or sick at all, as reported in ANTHRAX's July 17, 2009 press release. This extremely inflammatory statement hurt me tremendously. This statement misled fans, friends and family members into believing that I was seriously ill when I was not. I was not aware such a statement was being issued and it came as a total shock to me, as I'm sure it did to all of you. It was the other band members' decision to cancel the tour dates, not mine. I was ready, willing and able to do my job.
After issuing the press release, the other band members decided, on their own accord, that I had 'resigned' from the band. I never resigned from the band.
Even in view of this action and stance taken by the band, as late as earlier today I made it clear that I was ready willing and able to continue to fulfill my obligations. After that offer was made, the most recent press release was issued which announced my 'confirmed' departure from the band. I was not aware of the contents of this release until after it was issued, nor was I aware that ANTHRAX was canceling the European and SLIPKNOT tours.
I regret any disappointment and confusion this situation has caused.
I want to thank my loyal fans, family and friends for all their support and their many messages, emails and calls.
My counsel has been instructed to take any and all appropriate actions to address this situation.'
Eddie Trunk, VH1 Classic-Moderator der 'That Metal Show' und Sprecher der Radiosendung 'Friday Night Rocks' äußerte sich in seinem Blog wie folgt zur Sache:
'Just official, and no surprise, Dan Nelson out of ANTHRAX. This is really not a huge surprise to anyone who followed this story the last week.
It was pretty clear to me at Rocklahoma that there were some serious chemistry issues off stage with the band and their new singer. I had been hearing and sensing rumblings about this the last few months from various sources. The shame of it is that he was a great singer for the band in the one show I saw, but obviously the band decided it was better to end this now before further conflicts come out.
For band members in any group, there is on-stage and off-stage connection that needs to be reached and clearly there were issues off stage and in other areas from both ends. It's also pretty obvious to any dummy that he was not sick as the press release stated. If he was legit sick, you don't lose your gig. There were issues, and no doubt much more will come out about this story in coming weeks. It's also pretty obvious that whoever ends up with this gig will no doubt re-cut the vocals on the new album. There is no way I can imagine they would have his voice on a CD now that it is over, which is why the album is delayed now.
Interesting that John Bush is returning for one gig. Bush is the band's best option at this point. The way I see it, things will be felt out with the one gig and if vibes are good, maybe he returns? John said on my show he would not rule out coming back to ANTHRAX at some point and clearly wants to still perform since he was doing ARMORED SAINT gigs. This is by far the best scenario for ANTHRAX and they need him.
Obviously, I have a long history and friendship with the guys in ANTHRAX and I wish them well dealing with this crazy situation. As for Dan, he was great in the one show I saw and maybe there is a better opportunity for him down the line.
Like I said, there will no doubt be all kinds of rumor and speculation about what really went down, but it was not working off stage and singer #4 in ANTHRAX is a very brief footnote now in the band's crazy history. But ANTHRAX has dealt with all kinds of stuff and they will no doubt come back strong.'