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Anthrax joined by original bassist Dan Liker for Central / South American tour this month

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Anthrax announced last month that due to personal reasons, bassist Frank Bello will be unable to join the band on its upcoming Central / South American tour, which kicks off on April 13 at MXMF The Metal Fest in Mexico City. 

Filling in for these dates, as well as two U.S. festival shows in May (Welcome To Rockville and Sonic Temple), will be founding member and original bassist Dan Lilker. This marks Lilker's first appearance with the band in 40 years. Lilker, who co-wrote and played on Anthrax's debut album Fistful Of Metal, was also a member of Stromtroopers Of Death with Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and guitarist Scott Ian

When asked about the recent reunion in a recent interview with Metal Mayhem ROC, Lilker shared the following:

I was actually contacted, I guess, about a month ago… I had a lot more advance notice than when everybody just found out a couple of days ago. It was just that's when the press release went public. So, yeah, about a month, 'cause I needed some time to learn some of the material, obviously, to play it correctly and play it with authority, too. You don't wanna just learn it; you wanna play it with confidence and look like you're up there being metal and not tentative. So, yeah, you could say late February, early March, something like that.

When further asked about the status of Bello, Lilker added:

Well, we're just saying personal reasons. I am not at liberty to say. But Frank is fine and the picture of health, and it's nothing like that. But [it's] nothing I can go into; it's not my place.

You can view the full interview here.

Anthrax recently posted the band's first image with Lilker in a recent social media post announcement, the band shared:

Hola amigos!!! 🙌 We just finished rehearsal in Mexico City and WE ARE READY TO RAGE! Danny is killing on bass 🪓 - this tour is going to rip! You don't want to miss this! See ya soon amigos! 🔥



04/13 Ciudad De México, MX @ MXMF The Metal Fest
04/15 San Salvador, SV @ Cancha Diamante
04/17 San Jose, CR @ Pepper's
04/19 Quito, EC @ The Metal Fest
04/21 Santiago, CL @ The Metal Fest
04/23 Montevideo, UY @ Sala de Museo
04/25 Buenos Aires, AR @ El Teatro Flores
04/28 São Paulo, BR @ Summer Breeze Open Air
05/09 Daytona Beach, FL @ Welcome to Rockville
05/17 Columbus, OH @ Sonic Temple Festival

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