John Bush thinks Joey Belladonna’s approval needed for Anthrax show featuring three singers
Armored Saint and former Anthrax lead vocalist John Bush was recently interviewed by Jimmy Kay and ex-Anthrax singer Neil Turbin for Canada’s The Metal Voice. Armored Saint are scheduled to release their new studio album Punching The Sky via Metal Blade Records on October 23, 2020.
Turbin was Anthrax‘s lead vocalist from 1982 to 1984 and handled the vocals on the band’s debut album Fistful of Metal (1984). Bush replaced singer Joey Belladonna in 1992 and handled the lead vocals until 2005, and then again in 2009 to 2010. Bush handled the lead vocals on the Anthrax albums Sound of White Noise (1993), Stomp 442 (1995), Volume 8: The Threat Is Real (1998) and We’ve Come For You All (2003).
When asked if he would be open to participating in an Anthrax all singer era special show (with Turbin and Belladonna), Bush indicated (as transcribed by The Metal Voice with slight edits): “Scott Ian had said something recently which caught me by surprise as he said something about doing some shows but not only with me but with Joey [Belladonna] and also Neil [Turbin]. Which I thought was a great idea that would be really cool. I think that would be an amazing thing for the fan base. But what I keep saying is that Joey Belladonna is the singer of Anthrax and Joey should be the singer of Anthrax as far as I’m concerned and if this happens it needs to have his approval really, quite honestly. He is the singer who would be sharing the stage. So I would think it would be something Joey would have to give an endorsement for it to happen.”
With respect to whether he has any plans to tour as a solo artist playing Anthrax songs from his era, Bush stated: “The first time I talked to my booking agent about it, which is probably several years ago now, we talked about it and he sniffed around and got some feelers to see what people would think and I don’t think we got the response that we wanted. It’s not that we were looking for millions of dollars or anything like that but we wanted to make it worthwhile to do and do the shows properly. It’s not like I want to do six months of touring. It would be fun just to do some sporadic shows. But I don’t think we were pleased enough with the response.”
You can read other excerpts from the interview with John Bush at The Metal Voice‘s website and/or listen to the interview below: