“When we parted ways back in 1984, they told me to stick around because they might need me in 40 years”: After four decades, Dan Lilker is set to return to Anthrax for the band’s upcoming US and South American tour dates

Scott Ian (left) and Dan Lilker
(Image credit: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images, Courtesy of Dan Lilker)

Anthrax have announced that their original bass guitar player, Dan Lilker, will return to the band for their upcoming South American and US tour dates as a stand-in for Frank Bello. 

Lilker was a founding member of the thrash legends, performing on their debut album, Fistful of Metal. He’ll link back up with the band after a 40-year absence, with Bello dropping out of the tours for personal reasons. 

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.