Old-school Anthrax fans rejoice, at least for a bit of a tour. The thrash-metal band is bringing in original bassist Dan Lilker for their upcoming South American tour, as Frank Bello won’t be able to perform. The news comes from Anthrax’s social channels.

“Due to personal reasons, Frank will not be able to accompany the band on its upcoming South American tour, set to kick off April 13 at MXMF the Metal Fest. Filling in on those dates, as well as two U.S. festival shows in May, will be Anthrax founding member and original bassist Dan Lilker, marking his first appearance with the band in 40 years.”

Here’s what Lilker had to say about stepping back into the band after last performing with them in 1984.

“I’m really looking forward to jamming with Anthrax again. When we parted ways back in 1984, they told me to stick around because they might need me in 40 years.”

The “Lilker Dates” For Anthrax South American Tour

  • April 13 MXMF The Metal Fest, Ciudad De México, Mexico
  • April 15 Cancha Diamante, San Salvador, El Salvador
  • April 17 Pepper’s, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • April 19 The Metal Fest, Quito, Ecuador
  • April 21 The Metal Fest, Santiago, Chile
  • April 23 Sala de Museo, Montevideo, Uruguay
  • April 25 El Teatro Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • April 28 Summer Breeze Open Air, São Paulo, Brazil
  • May 9 Welcome to Rockville, Daytona Beach, FL
  • May 17 Sonic Temple Festival, Columbus, OH

Dan Lilker was previously the bassist for Nuclear Assault, but they retired back in 2022. He also previously played with Scott Ian and Charlie Benante in Stormtroopers of Death.

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