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British fans are seemingly going to get the chance to escape the doom and gloom to enjoy a live David Bowie experience this November, with reports that his musical Lazarus – the final project he worked on before this death – will be heading to London for the first time.

Dexter

According to The Sun, the musical will star Dexter‘s Michael C Hall (above), who has already played the lead role of fallen alien Thomas Jerome Newton during its only previous run, which took place between November 2015 and January this year at the New York Theatre Workshop, off-Broadway in Manhattan.

The venue will apparently be a brand new temporary theatre in Kings Cross, which will have a capacity of 800. All the tickets for the New York shows sold out within hours of being made available, and it’s likely the same will happen in London. Tickets are set to go on sale next week.

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Pono has told customers its store will be offline for the next several weeks as it switches its back-end provider following that firm’s acquisition.

“In early anticipation of this change, some time ago we began, and subsequently concluded, negotiations to move our content provision to 7 Digital, the leading independent music content/services platform,” Ponomusic said on its Web site. “This process of transition is now well underway, but not yet complete.”

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The Independent Label Services Group (“ILS”), a leading worldwide entertainment distributor and marketing company with ties to Universal Music Group and Caroline International, announced the appointment of Eric Alper as Director of Media Relations.

In this role Alper will drive key media outlets to the artists and labels distributed by ILS, as well as oversee ILS’s relationships around the globe. Formerly with Entertainment One, Eric Alper is renowned as one of the world’s top publicists and brings to ILS over two decades of music industry and public relations experience.

“It’s like coming home. ILS Founder Dominique Zgarka hired me at KOCH Entertainment (now eOne Music) 18 years ago. I couldn’t be more excited to join the ILS family and to be working with ILS’s newly-signed artists Fred Eaglesmith, David Clayton Thomas, Brian McKnight, Eliot Lewis, Slaves On Dope, to name a few,” said Alper. “Working with the top PR and radio promotion firms internationally is a dream for me, and the ILS Group is an excellent company that is well positioned for growth with its committed team. I look forward to being a part of the leadership of this remarkable organization as we move forward.”

Zgarka adds, “Having Eric back as part of my family can only be called a godsend. He has truly defined public relations and promotions in our industry. His personal social media following speaks for itself and we’re thrilled to have him work alongside our team on behalf of our artists.”

Broadcast radio industry leaders iHeartMedia, Cumulus, Entercom, Cox and Sun Broadcast Group announced a strategic alliance with Shazam for a groundbreaking audio audience measurement solution in the U.S. that will deliver market- and station-level audience metrics across all radio formats.

This new measurement solution for broadcast and digital audio brings together these companies’ proprietary data assets and measurement capabilities. Utilizing the most innovative audio recognition technology available and information from specific geographic markets, it will leverage information collected from tens of millions of devices to produce the accurate, stable cross-platform audience metrics that the industry has been waiting for.

“We welcome this kind of innovation in the audio sector, particularly as more and more advertisers are turning to audio solutions to reach the hundreds of millions of audio consumers monthly,” said Bill Koenigsberg, President, CEO and Founder of Horizon Media. “A solution that better measures audio is good for us, for our clients and for their brands.”

“Shazam delivers unparalleled audio insights that will enable stable measurement across both digital and broadcast radio, making this an extremely exciting initiative for both iHeartMedia and the audio industry,” said Radha Subramanyam, iHeartMedia’s President of Research and Insights. “The richness of our data, combined with Shazam’s measurement capabilities, will enable much deeper insights than traditional audio measurement does, and we believe it’s a necessary and valuable addition to the evolving multi-platform audio measurement marketplace.”

“Shazam’s audio insights can be an empowering measurement tool for Cumulus Media, as well as the audio industry,” said Pierre Bouvard, Chief Insights Officer, Cumulus Media. “Clients are demanding more insights and targeting capabilities from media companies, and radio needs to offer what has become basic table stakes. Shazam can help us deliver on these expectations.”

“We are pleased to be working with Shazam and the industry in support of an alternative audience measurement tool that will provide more robust information on the hundreds of millions of local radio listeners,” said David Field, President and CEO of Entercom. “With this type of innovation, we believe media strategists and planners will be prompted to re-think their media mix models to give radio its fair share of the media buy.”

“We like what we see going on with Shazam,” said Bill Hoffman, President of Cox Media Group. “Listeners have more contact with their brand of choice than ever before. We continue to get excited about Audience Measurement that keeps up with the rapid advances of technology to accurately account for who and what makes up our audience.”

“Shazam has become the industry standard in delivering fast, accurate audio recognition at scale,” said Greg Glenday, Shazam’s Chief Revenue Officer. “We are thrilled to help support these radio industry leaders as they continue to innovate.”

SOCAN, the member-based organization representing the Canadian performing rights of more than four-million Canadian and international music creators and publishers with revenue of CAD$308-million in 2015, has confirmed that it has purchased 100% of New York-based Audiam. The acquisition empowers SOCAN to provide a unique global music industry solution with respect to licensing digital services and royalty payment for songwriters, composers and music publishers.

With Audiam, SOCAN now has a comprehensive database and metadata of all musical works and commercially released digital sound recordings, and the technology and business understanding to match and connect the two, issue licenses and get rights-holders paid all they have fairly earned.

The problem of licensing and payments recently came to a head again in the form of several class-action lawsuits by rights holders against music streaming companies.

With the Audiam acquisition SOCAN has expanded into collection of royalties for reproductions of music (“mechanicals”), licensing and royalty distribution in the U.S. and Canada. Audiam enables music creators and music publishers to be paid accurately, while removing liability, infringement and data issues for streaming music services and YouTube. Audiam provides one-stop licensing and collecting in North America.

“In 2013 Audiam shook up the music royalties system by identifying and correcting serious gaps in the digital music rights value chain, particularly with music used in YouTube videos, by correctly matching data to the rights-holder,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “By acquiring Audiam, SOCAN steps even further ahead with our vision to lead the global transformation of music rights with substantial new tools for our more than 135,000 member songwriters, composers and music publishers, dramatically expanding our ability to ensure that creators are properly and fairly compensated.”

“SOCAN is not only the most technologically advanced, efficient and transparent music rights organization on the planet, but its board of directors and executive team are singularly focused on assuring all the works of composers and publishers are licensed and that rights-holders are paid for the use of their music,” said Jeff Price, founder and CEO of Audiam. “Adding SOCAN’s resources and knowledge to Audiam allows us to finally fix the global industry problems, remove liability for services and get rights-holders paid.”

Audiam was founded in 2013 by TuneCore founder and former CEO Jeff Price and former TuneCore CTO David Willen. Audiam’s innovative technology and business processes identify the use of music and correct data on digital services such as Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Google Play and others, and get rights-holders paid, greatly expanding and enhancing the capabilities of SOCAN.

The acquisition was made final in July, and Audiam will remain a separate organization under its current name for the foreseeable future. Jeff Price will remain Audiam’s CEO and will work closely with SOCAN group CEO Eric Baptiste and his team.

Audiam brings to SOCAN one of the world’s most complete databases of sound recording and underlying song/composition metadata as well as sophisticated audit and auto-match technology to proactively find works that are not licensed and royalties that have not been paid.

As the largest organization in the Canadian music ecosystem, SOCAN is one of the leading and most transparent music rights organizations in the world. As part of SOCAN’s vision is to lead the global transformation of music rights, the company is investing in new services for its members that are essential in today’s globalized digital environment.

SOCAN will instantly leverage Audiam’s identification technology and services to more accurately pay members’ performing rights royalties on YouTube and other digital platforms, expanding service offerings to songwriters, composers, and music publishing members.

SOCAN plans to integrate Audiam’s other strong business lines such as North American licensing and administration of mechanical income from digital services, including Spotify, Google Play and Apple, as well as leverage Audiam’s proven track record to identify and recover pre-existing mechanical royalties that typically have remained unpaid.

Avery Products Canada has dedicated their resources to students across Canada through their #AveryGivesBack campaign launching this school season. 7,500 kits filled with Avery stationary supplies were packaged at Avery Canada’s head office in Whitby, ON by dedicated employee volunteers with the support of The Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation (MPCF) and young change maker Hannah Alper.

“Avery Products Canada is pleased to be working with MPCF and Hannah Alper on this great program to give back to local schools and communities. At Avery we truly believe in caring and supporting each other so this program is a natural extension of what we do every day,” says Lynn Livesey, General Manager of Avery Canada.

Deliveries were made between June 6th – June 29th to students across Canada including schools within MPCF networks. Aligned with MPCF founding principle of empowering youth and inspiring dreams, Avery Product Canada’s #AveryGivesBack campaign is aiming to prepare students for the upcoming school year with the tools they need such as binders, dividers, highlights and tabs.

To celebrate these contributions, Michael “Pinball” Clemons and Hannah Alper captured their contribution of kitting and delivery of these kits through video to spread awareness of giving back to your communities through social media during the back to school season in hopes to inspire others. To further give back, Avery will be donating $1 for every video “share” up to $5,000 to the Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation.

Join the give back movement with Avery Products Canada at #AveryGivesBack. The videos will be available to view through Avery Products Canada’s social channels and on July 25th.

Parlophone Records are proud to announce DAVID BOWIE ‘WHO CAN I BE NOW? (1974 – 1976)’ the second in a series of box sets spanning his career from 1969.

The follow up to the awarding winning and critically acclaimed DAVID BOWIE ‘FIVE YEARS (1969 – 1973)’ will be released on 23rd September and will contain the previously unreleased album from 1974 called ‘THE GOUSTER’.

The twelve CD box, thirteen-piece vinyl set and digital download features the material officially released by Bowie during the so-called ‘American’ phase of his career from 1974 to 1976.

The box set, which is named after a track recorded in 1974 but not officially released until the 1990’s, includes ‘DIAMOND DOGS’, ‘DAVID LIVE’ (in original and 2005 mixes), ‘YOUNG AMERICANS’ and ‘STATION TO STATION’ (in original and 2010 mixes) as well as ‘THE GOUSTER’, ‘LIVE NASSAU COLISEUM 76’ and a new compilation ‘RE:CALL 2’ a collection of single versions and non-album b-sides.

All of the formats include tracks that have never before appeared on CD/vinyl/digitally as well as new remasters.

Exclusive to each of the box sets is the previously unreleased as a complete album ‘THE GOUSTER’ that was recorded at Sigma Sound, Philadelphia in 1974 and produced by Tony Visconti. The album was mixed and mastered before David decamped to New York to work with John Lennon and Harry Maslin on what became the ‘YOUNG AMERICANS’ album. ‘THE GOUSTER’ contains three previously unreleased mixes of ‘Right’, ‘Can You Hear Me’ and ‘Somebody Up There Likes Me’.

For the 2016 release, Tony Visconti has overseen the mastering from the original tapes and photos taken by Eric Stephen Jacobs have been put together for the sleeve based around one of David’s original concepts for the album.

Also exclusive to the CD, vinyl, standard digital and MFiT box sets will be the remastered ‘DAVID LIVE (original mix)’, the 2010 Harry Maslin mix of ‘STATION TO STATION’ (previously only available on an audio only DVD in 5.1 and stereo as part of the ‘STATION TO STATION’ Deluxe box set in 2010) and ‘RE:CALL 2’.

This new compilation features the original single mix of ‘Rebel Rebel’, which has only featured on a 40th anniversary picture disc in 2014 since its original release on single in 1974, and a previously unreleased on CD Australian single edit of ‘Diamond Dogs’, the only place in the world that this edit was issued. Also appearing on CD for the first time is the single edit of the live version of ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll With Me’, which was issued to radio stations in the U.S. to help promote the ‘DAVID LIVE’ album.

 

‘RE:CALL 2’ features newly originated artwork with 1975 in-studio images from the ‘STATION TO STATION’ recording sessions by David’s friend and backing vocalist Geoff MacCormack aka Warren Peace.

 

The alternative cover for the 2010 mix of ‘STATION TO STATION’ by Harry Maslin, features the originally intended colour sleeve for the album that never got further than a few colour proofs and was replaced by the more familiar black and white image.

The vinyl box set has the same content as the CD set and is pressed on audiophile quality 180g vinyl.

The box set’s accompanying book, 128 pages in the CD box and 84 in the vinyl set, will feature rarely seen and previously unpublished photos by photographers including Eric Stephen Jacobs, Tom Kelley, Geoff MacCormack, Terry O’Neill, Steve Schapiro, and many others as well as historical press reviews and technical notes about the albums from producers Tony Visconti and Harry Maslin.

The CD box set will include faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions of the original albums and the CDs will be gold coloured rather than the usual silver.

DAVID BOWIE ‘WHO CAN I BE NOW? (1974-1976)’

LP Box Set:
84 Page hardback book
Diamond Dogs (remastered) (1 LP)
David Live (original mix) (remastered) (2 LP) *
David Live (2005 mix) (remastered) (3 LP)
The Gouster (previously unreleased as an album) (1 LP) *
Young Americans (remastered) (1 LP)
Station To Station (remastered) (1 LP)
Station To Station (Harry Maslin 2010 mix) (1 LP) *
Live Nassau Coliseum ’76 (2 LP)
Re:Call 2 (Single versions and non-album B-sides) (remastered) (1 LP) *

* Exclusive to ‘Who Can I Be Now? (1974 – 1976)’

CD Box Set:
128 Page hardback book
Diamond Dogs (remastered) (1 CD)
David Live (original mix) (remastered) (2 CD) *
David Live (2005 mix) (remastered) (2 CD)
The Gouster (previously unreleased as an album) (1 CD) *
Young Americans (remastered) (1 CD)
Station To Station (remastered) (1 CD)
Station To Station (Harry Maslin 2010 mix) (1 CD) *
Live Nassau Coliseum ’76 (2 CD)
Re:Call 2 (Single versions and non album B-sides) (remastered) (1 CD) *
 
* Exclusive to ‘Who Can I Be Now? (1974 – 1976)’
 

Digital download 192kHz/24bit box set:
Diamond Dogs  (remastered)
David Live (original mix) (remastered) *
The Gouster *
Young Americans (remastered)
Station To Station (remastered)
 
* Exclusive to ‘Who Can I Be Now? (1974 – 1976)’
 

Digital download 96kHz/24bit box set:
Diamond Dogs  (remastered)
David Live (original mix) (remastered) *
The Gouster *
Young Americans (remastered)
Station To Station (remastered)
 
* Exclusive to ‘Who Can I Be Now? (1974 – 1976)’

 
Digital download standard/MFiT box set:
Diamond Dogs (remastered)
David Live (original mix) (remastered) *
David Live (2005 mix) (remastered)
The Gouster (previously unreleased as an album)  *
Young Americans (remastered) (1 CD)
Station To Station (remastered) (1 CD)
Station To Station (Harry Maslin 2010 mix) *
Live Nassau Coliseum ’76   (non MFiT)
Re:Call 2 (Single versions and non album B-sides) (remastered) (non MFiT) *
 
* Exclusive to ‘Who Can I Be Now? (1974 – 1976)
 

‘WHO CAN I BE NOW? (1974-1976)’ CD & Vinyl Tracklistings (showing Vinyl side breaks)
 
DIAMOND DOGS
Released on RCA APLI 0576 (U.K.) / CPLI 0576 (U.S.) on 31st May, 1974.
 
Side 1.
1. Future Legend
2. Diamond Dogs
3. Sweet Thing
4. Candidate
5. Sweet Thing (Reprise)
6. Rebel Rebel
 
Side 2.
1. Rock ‘n’ Roll With Me
2. We Are The Dead
3. 1984
4. Big Brother
5. Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family
 
DAVID LIVE (ORIGINAL MIX)
Released on RCA APL2 0771 (U.K.) / CPL2-0771 (U.S.) on 29th October, 1974.
 
David Live was culled from performances on the 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th of July, 1974 at the Tower Theater, Philadelphia.
 
Side 1
1. 1984
2. Rebel Rebel
3. Moonage Daydream
4. Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (reprise)
 
Side 2
1. Changes
2. Suffragette City
3. Aladdin Sane
4. All The Young Dudes
5. Cracked Actor
 
Side 3
1. Rock ‘n’ Roll With Me
2. Watch That Man
3. Knock On Wood
4. Diamond Dogs
 
Side 4
1. Big Brother
2. The Width Of A Circle
3. The Jean Genie
4. Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide
 
DAVID LIVE (2005 MIX)
 
David Live was culled from performances on the 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th of July, 1974 at the Tower Theater, Philadelphia.
 
Released on EMI 874 3042 on CD and also in 5.1 on the DVD-Audio EMI 874 3049 on 14th November, 2005.
 
Side 1
1. 1984
2. Rebel Rebel
3. Moonage Daydream
4. Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (reprise)
 
Side 2
1. Changes
2. Suffragette City
3. Aladdin Sane
4. All The Young Dudes
 
Side 3
1. Cracked Actor
2. Rock ‘n’ Roll With Me
3. Watch That Man
4. Knock On Wood
 
Side 4
1. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
2. Space Oddity
3. Diamond Dogs
 
Side 5
1. Panic In Detroit
2. Big Brother
3. Time
 
Side 6
1. The Width Of A Circle
2. The Jean Genie
3. Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide
 
THE GOUSTER
 
Previously unreleased as a complete album.
 
Side 1
1. John, I’m Only Dancing (Again) – not on ‘Young Americans’, first released as a single in 1979.
2. Somebody Up There Likes Me – alternative early previously unreleased mix
3. It’s Gonna Be Me – not on ‘Young Americans’, first released as a bonus track on the EMI/Ryko edition of ‘Young Americans’ in 1990. An alternative mix with strings was released on the 2007 EMI edition of ‘Young Americans’.
 
Side 2
1. Who Can I Be Now? – not on ‘Young Americans’, first released as a bonus track on the EMI/Ryko edition of ‘Young Americans’ in 1990.
2. Can You Hear Me – alternative early previously unreleased version.
3. Young Americans – same version that ended up on ‘Young Americans’.
4. Right – alternative early previously unreleased version.
 
 
YOUNG AMERICANS
 
Released on RCA RS 1006 (U.K.) / AQL1-0998 (U.S.) on 7th March, 1975.
 
Side 1
1. Young Americans
2. Win
3. Fascination
4. Right
 
Side 2
1. Somebody Up There Likes Me
2. Across The Universe
3. Can You Hear Me
4. Fame
 
STATION TO STATION
 
Released on RCA APL1 1327 on 23rd January, 1976.
 
STATION TO STATION (2010 HARRY MASLIN MIX)
 
First released on EMI BOWSTSD 2010 in 5.1 and in stereo at 48kHz/24bit on the DVD format within the Station To Station deluxe set on 20th September, 2010.
 
Side 1
1. Station To Station
2. Golden Years
3. Word On A Wing
 
Side 2
1. TVC 15
2. Stay
3. Wild Is The Wind
 
LIVE NASSAU COLISEUM ’76
 
Recorded live at the Nassau Coliseum Uniondale, NY, U.S.A., 23rd March, 1976. Released on EMI BOWSTSD 2010 within the Station To Station deluxe set on 20th September, 2010.
 
Side 1
1. Station To Station
2. Suffragette City
3. Fame
4. Word On A Wing
 
Side 2
1. Stay
2. Waiting For The Man
3. Queen Bitch
 
Side 3
1. Life On Mars?
2. Five Years
3. Panic In Detroit
4. Changes
5. TVC 15
 
Side 4
1. Diamond Dogs
2. Rebel Rebel
3. The Jean Genie
 
RE:CALL 2
 
Non Album Singles, Single Versions and B-Sides.
 
Side 1:
1. Rebel Rebel (original single mix)
2. Diamond Dogs (Australian single edit)
3. Rebel Rebel (U.S. single version)
4. Rock ‘n’ Roll With Me (live – promotional single edit)
5. Panic In Detroit (live)
6. Young Americans (original single edit)
 
Side 2:
1. Fame (original single edit)
2. Golden Years (original single version)
3. Station To Station (original single edit)
4. TVC 15 (original single edit)
5. Stay (original single edit)
6. Word On A Wing (original single edit)
7. John, I’m Only Dancing (Again) (1975) (single version)

Drake is just the fourth artist to boast an album that has led the Billboard 200 for a least 10 weeks while a single from that set has ruled the Hot 100 also for at least 10 weeks.

Here’s the exclusive club, including one such album, by Santana, that generated two songs that led the Hot 100 for at least 10 weeks each; Drake, meanwhile, is the first solo male to make the list (as Santana is a band, fronted by Carlos Santana):

Drake
Album: Views, 10 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200, beginning May 21, 2016
Song: “One Dance” (featuring WizKid and Kyla), 10 weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100, beginning May 21, 2016

Adele
Album: 25, 10 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200, beginning Dec. 12, 2015
Song: “Hello,” 10 weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100, beginning Nov. 14, 2015

Santana
Album: Supernatural, 12 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200, beginning Oct. 30, 1999
Songs: “Smooth” (featuring Rob Thomas), 12 weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100, beginning Oct. 23, 1999
“Maria Maria” (featuring The Product G&B), 10 weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100, beginning April 8, 2000

Whitney Houston
Album: The Bodyguard (soundtrack), 20 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200, beginning Dec. 12, 1992
Song: “I Will Always Love You,” 10 weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100, beginning Nov. 28, 1992

Thirty-five years ago today (July 18, 1981), the then New York-based thrash/metal band Anthrax was formed and started on the road to help change the history of music.

David Taylor, Anthrax fan, compiled a this video of the 1988 classic “Antisocial” over the past three-plus decades, as a a celebratory gift for the band and their 35th anniversary.

Said co-founder Scott Ian, “Thirty-five years have passed since that day and my life has changed profoundly. I am a husband, I am a father. I am a long way from the 17-year-old soon-to-be-college dropout who co-founded a heavy metal band. The only thing that hasn’t changed in 35 years, the one constant, is that I am still the rhythm guitar player in Anthrax. It’s what I GET to do. I GET to play in a band and I never take that for granted.”

So, with all those years, all those experiences, all those memories, what’s the one big takeaway experience that stands out for the guys? Was it when legendary author Stephen King included the band in one of his “Dark Tower” series books?
Or in 2012 when Anthrax became the first metal band to have its music played on Mars, when NASA played “Got The Time” to wake up the Mars Rover, Curiosity? Or how about in 1991 when they received their first Grammy nomination? Maybe it was when the band was caught up in the 2001 U.S. anthrax attacks and considered changing their name due to the PR nightmare that was caused. Or possibly it was when Anthrax made a cameo appearance on the popular 1992 TV series, “Married…with Children.”

Remembers Charlie Benante, the band’s drummer since 1983, “We had such a ball doing that show. We taped the episode twice, once in the afternoon then another one in the evening, which was done with rewrites. They changed some of our lines, but we got bigger laughs the second time so it was all worth it. After the show, we went to a sit-down dinner with the entire cast and crew at a restaurant in Hollywood. Here I am sitting next to Al Bundy [played by Ed O’Neill), and I look over at the booth across from us, and there are Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman having dinner. Al said, ‘hey, let’s go talk to Clint and Morgan,’ and I went ‘whaaaaa???’ He took us over there and introduced us to them – and I’m thinking ‘where am I? Am I here right now? This is actually happening?’ It was just surreal. That stands out as one of the highlights. It wasn’t really a musical thing, but music got us to that. I’m just a guy in a band making music…what am I doing here with these stars?”

Then there is newest member, lead guitarist Jonathan Donais who has a completely different take on his “best Anthrax moment.”
“It was probably 1989 or ’90, whenever the ‘Anti Social’ video blew up at Dial MTV,” he remembers. “It was the first time I’d ever heard Anthrax, and I immediately fell in love with the band.” Donais’ “best Anthrax memory” now happens like Groundhog Day: “I brought a tape of the Dial MTV performance to my guitar teacher and told him I wanted to learn how to play it. Now I get to play every night with the band!”

The most memorable time as a member of Anthrax could have been on September 14, 2011 as it was named “Anthrax Day” in the Bronx. Or June 22, 2010 when The Big Four played together on the same stage for the first time ever in Sofia, Bulgaria.

For Anthrax’s Ian, it was a different occasion. “My ONE thing of thousands of things I’ve done in Anthrax that stands out the most in the world would be playing Yankee Stadium,” he said, referencing The Big Four’s second of only two U.S. concerts, held on September 14, 2011. “For me that is the pinnacle. My mecca. The most NY thing a NY band could ever do. I got to play on stage on the field, in the building where so many of my heroes since I was a child played. It was surreal and overwhelming and I was in tears almost the entire first song, I had so much emotion pouring out of me. Like the words to the song say, I was ‘King of the hill, top of the heap.’

“So, to quote the Scottish poet Robbie Burns,” Ian adds,”‘Here’s to us; who is as good as us? Damn few, and they’re all dead.’ Thank you my friends…35 and counting.”