Interview: Rob Caggiano of Anthrax
SoCalMusicToday.com recently caught up with Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano to discuss the band’s participation in the Mayhem Fest, which kicks off June 30th in San Bernardino’s San Manuel Amphitheater. The band will be in Europe in the weeks before the Mayhem Fest, promoting it’s 2011 album, Worship Music.
After all the hard work with Worship Music, and I know you had a hand in producing the album, how happy are you and the band with the album?
I’m really proud of this record, I think we made a really strong album, I think that at this point we’re just so excited and happy that this record is out because we went through some hard times during that process, so it’s just a good feeling that it’s being well-received by critics, that’s just the cherry on the cake.
You had mentioned the hard times and one of those was finding a frontman. What was it like getting Joey Belladonna back in the group?
We didn’t know what to expect, back then at that point I didn’t really know Joey. We played our first show together in the first Big Four show and that was my first time on stage with Belladonna and I knew right then and there that the vibe was great, but we had to take baby steps. First it was about doing the Big Four show, it wasnt about Joey joining full time and singing on the album, we had to let it happen organically and it worked out.
Now taking that new record to the Mayhem Fest, talk about the lineup and how you feel about being there to promote the album with the likes of Slayer, Motorhead, etc.
Wow, it’s going to be great, we’re excited to be doing this tour with all those guys, they’re friends of ours, the Motorhead guys, Slayer, Slipknot, it’s going to be a blast – a big party, like a traveling circus.
Maybe a different style taking shape on the tour this year with bands like The Devil Wears Prada and Asking Alexandria, two mainstays on the Vans Warped Tour the last few years, what are your thoughts on those two groups bringing a different sound?
To be totally honest, I’m not completely familiar with their music, but I’m sure they’re great, I know Asking Alexandria is doing really well so I do want to check them out.
For those who haven’t seen Anthrax live, I know you picked the Jagermeister Stage to get them standing on their feet, what should people expect?
It’s just going to be a kick-ass metal show, it’s going to be rowdy, wild, crazy (laughs). Yeah, I think us headlining that stage makes sense, with the way it’s set up and like you said, the crowd can go nuts out there.
Were there other determining factors that lead to the decision by the band to headline the Jagermeister Stage instead of playing the main stage?
Yeah, I mean basically it was our decision because of what we just talked about, getting the crowd to go nuts out there, no seats, no bulls***, it definitely suits our show better, I think.
With the Mayhem Fest still over a month away, are you still busy with the headlining tour up until the Festival starts?
Well, we’re going to Europe to do those festivals, so we’re going straight from that to the Mayhem Tour so it will be nonstop, haha. Hopefully we can get a day in there somewhere where we can recoop.
Are there any groups you’re really looking forward to seeing on tour while you’re on the Mayhem Fest?
Definitely excited to see Motorhead and Slipknot, I’ve seen Slayer so many times already but I love watching them too. I know Slipknot has a pretty intense live show.
With the show kicking off in San Bernardino and all the bands meeting one another, what do you anticipate in terms of the atmosphere of Day 1?
I think it’s just going to be really relaxed, I think it’s going to be basically a party and I think we’re going to have a barbecue set up hopefully outside the bus, it’ll be that kind of day.
Going from a headlining tour to a festival, are you excited to make that transition and see groups trying to go as hard as you are?
We’re just really excited, the headlining shows or the festival shows, for us it’s all just an Anthrax show and hopefully we’ll have some fun doing it, haha.
Well we’re definitely excited to see you headlining that Jagermeister Stage and we will see you in San Bernardino, thank you for the time.
Awesome man, thank you.