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.
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”.
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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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!
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!