It has now officially been announced that Iowa's heaviest export will indeed be headlining the main stage, with a stellar lineup in tow. Hitting the stage directly before Slipknot will be thrash titans Slayer, who will follow a special guest that will be announced on March 5.
ESP is all about the Big Four this year, now adding new signature model guitars and basses for Anthrax's Frank Bello and Rob Caggiano, on top of new signature models for Metallica Kirk Hammett and Slayer's Jeff Hanneman.
Some new guests have been added to the lineup of NAMM Metal Jam 2012, which takes place tomorrow night, January 18, at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, less than a mile away from the Anaheim Convention Center, which will be hosting the Winter NAMM show this Thursday through Sunday.
Anyone who caught one of the Big Four shows over the past couple of years would agree that they were truly once-in-a-lifetime events. As many fans are still hoping the Big Four -- Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth -- will come their way, Slayer's Kerry King believes the bands will likely now go their separate ways.
Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the death of the legendary Dimebag Darrell. In remembrance of one of the true guitar greats of our time, Anthrax's Frank Bello has offered his thoughts on his late friend.
In case you missed the tour in 2011, Anthrax, Testament and Death Angel are giving you one more shot to see them next year. The bands have announced a handful of dates for 2012, which you can check out below.
Just when it seems Anthrax have put the debacle of Dan Nelson -- or as guitarist Rob Caggiano called him during out interview, "the other guy" -- behind them, their former singer is now reportedly set to sue the band for "intentional defamation."
Record companies have been trying for the better part of a decade now to figure out how to stop fans from illegally downloading music. While the RIAA's tactics of suing people -- a PR nightmare -- failed miserably, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian seems to have the answer: you download music, you lose your Internet.