Jon Donais previously talked about playing with Anthrax — “I grew up on Anthrax they’re the thrash scene, they’re one of the ‘Big Four,’ I’d be crazy to not want to play with them. Initially, Rob called and told me he was leaving the band, and asked if I’d be interested in filling in. Then Scott called me and everything fell into place.”
As for other happenings in the Anthrax camp, drummer Charlie Benante is currently recovering from surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, and is expected to be back in action on the road on September 13th in San Bernardino, California. Jon Dette, of Animetal/Testament fame is filling in for Benante, and also filled in for Dave Lombardo when sitting out of Slayer‘s recent Australia touring leg, only to be soon replaced by former Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph.
The first official picture of the new line-up can be seen on the top-left corner (picture courtesy: Stephanie Cabral). A screenshot of Robert Caggiano, former Anthrax guitarist who recommended Donais, congratulating Jon on bagging the role can be seen to the left.
Lastly, the sound-cloud of the interview with Scott Ian can be streamed below —