Rob Caggiano of Anthrax Quits The Band

Guitar player of the legendary band Anthrax is calling it quits after 12 years…sort of.  While he is leaving the band, he will continue to play an integral role in the music industry.  He’s going to focus more on producing, but he vows to get back on the round in the near future.  Official statements are below.

 “I’m extremely proud of my time in Anthrax. Actually, that’s an understatement! We accomplished so many great things together over the years and I shared some of the best times of my life with these guys. As a band, we also weathered quite a few storms along the way. It’s been a wild ride (to say the least) from Day One and I wouldn’t change one single thing about the last 12 years. This is an extremely difficult and emotional decision for me to make but my heart is just steering me in a different direction right now. I’ve always been one to follow my heart in everything that I do and while this might be one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, it feels like the right one for me at this time. Scott, Charlie, Joey, Frankie (and John Bush) will always be part of my family and this decision doesn’t change the way I feel about that in the slightest. I would also like to say thanks to all the amazing fans I’ve met and hung out with worldwide over the years. You guys always were and always will be the reason why I make music! In this day and age, being a musician isn’t always easy -also an understatement- but the fans truly make it worthwhile for me. I hope to see each and every one of you again really soon. The fact that Anthrax is at the top of their game right now and totally ‘out for blood’ after all these years is a testament to this band’s longevity and conviction! I’m truly honored to have been a part of their brilliant legacy.”

“I can’t wait to get back in the recording studio again! Over the years, I’ve been blessed with the privilege of working with a wide range of great bands/artists from Anthrax and Cradle of Filth all the way to Bruce Springsteen, and I look forward to a hopeful continuation of that side of my career while I figure out my next move as an artist. BTW in case anyone was wondering after reading all of this, I do FULLY intend to get back out there on the road very soon in some way shape or form….it’s in my blood! Please feel free to follow me on Twitter @RobCaggiano for any and all updates on what I am up to.”

It’s a drag anytime a band member calls it quits, but there doesn’t seem to be any bad blood or malice in Rob’s departure.  We here at Flush hope only the best for Rob and the entire Anthrax family.

The third installment of the Metal Alliance Tour must still go on!  Anthrax will be headlining the tour.  Supporting acts are Municipal Waste, Exodus, Holy Grail and High on Fire! This is a must see show as Anthrax will be performing ‘Among the Living’ in its entirety!  I’ve kindly posted the dates below…for your convenience of course.

Mar. 23 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV

Mar. 24 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ

Mar. 25 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA

Mar. 27 – House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA

Mar. 28 – Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA

Mar. 29 – The Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR

Mar. 30 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC

Mar. 31 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA

Apr. 02 – Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO

Apr. 04 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN

Apr. 05 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL

Apr. 06 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI

Apr. 07 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH

Apr. 09 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX

Apr. 10 – House of Blues – Houston, TX

Apr. 12 – House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL

Apr. 13 – Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

Apr. 14 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD

Apr. 16 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH

Apr. 18 – Theatre of the Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA

Apr. 20 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY