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Anthrax had Minneapolis “Caught In A Mosh” at The Fillmore

The 3 headed monster known as The 40th Anniversary Tour featuring Hatebreed, Black Label Society, and Anthrax made its way to The Fillmore Theater in Minneapolis on a rainy Saturday evening. The Fillmore is a beautiful venue on the inside with great sight lines of the stage from anywhere you end up on the main floor or upstairs. Unfortunately, I was stuck in line in the rain and missed photos of Hatebreed’s set.

Now we jump ahead to the Black Label Society set. They have a strong and loyal fan base who definitely showed up to this sold-out show.

Black Label Society, lead singer, Zakk Wylde with his arms out at the sides looking at the crowd
Black Label Society, Lead Singer, Zakk Wylde. Photo by: Tommy Williams



Lead singer and amazing guitarist, Zakk Wylde took the stage in his signature kilt, heavily patched denim vest, and chunky boots as the band opened with “Funeral Bell”.

Close up image of Black Label Society, lead singer, Zakk Wylde performing
Zakk Wylde Close up. Photo by: Tommy Williams



Every riff that Zakk would shred seemed to match his muscular physique as he posed several times with his pick hand held high in the air as he looked to the ceiling.

Close up of Black Label Society branded ring on the picking hand of Zakk Wylde
Band branded ring on picking hand of Zakk Wylde. Photo by: Tommy Williams



Other key moments from the Black Label Society set were when Zakk walked over to a piano stage left to perform “In This River” a touching ballad or tribute dedicated to Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul (late members of Pantera).

black Label Society performing on stage
Black Label Society (John DeServio, Zakk Wylde, Jeff Fabb, and Dario Lorina) performing on-stage at The Fillmore. Photo by: Tommy Williams



Lastly Zakk and his bandmate and fellow guitarist, Dario Lorina performed a guitar solo harmonizing each note with their guitars held behind their heads. The band brought tremendous energy to the stage that primed the crowd for the main act, Anthrax.

Anthrax, Lead Singer, Joey Belladonna interacts with the crowd
Anthrax, Lead Singer, Joey Belladonna interacts with the crowd. Photo by: Tommy Williams



Anthrax has been making music and thrashing through venues for 40 years and this night would be no different. The band’s set started with a special celebrity Anthrax intro tribute that was being projected onto a large white sheet that covered the stage for around 7 minutes.

Anthrax, Lead Guitarist, Scott Ian performs on stage
Anthrax, Lead Guitarist, Scott Ian performing during the Anthrax set. Photo by: Tommy Williams



The band performed hits from their long catalog of music including the song “Only” that guitarist, Scott Ian confessed the band hadn’t performed live since its inception in 1993.

Anthrax, Drummer, Charlie Benante admires the crowd
Anthrax, Drummer, Charlie Benante admires the crowd during Anthrax’s set. Photo by: Tommy Williams



Crowd surfing and a large circle pit stayed open their entire set. Even after all these years, Anthrax continues to deliver quality energetic thrash shows across the country for their fans and they show no signs of slowing down!

Thrash metal, band, Anthrax performing on-stage.
Anthrax (Jonathan Donais, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna, Charlie Benante, and Scott Ian performing on-stage at The Fillmore. Photo by: Tommy Williams



If you’re a metal fan of any age and this tour comes to a city near you I absolutely advise you to check it out and bring the energy because Anthrax will definitely Bring The Noise with their 40 years of total thrash!

Anthrax, Lead Guitarist, Scott Ian
An up-close image of Anthrax, Lead Guitarist, Scott Ian. Photo by: Tommy Williams

 

Written by Tommy Williams

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