Anthrax Reunion Sparked By Dimebag’s Murder

drummer Charlie Benante recently told Canada’s The Gateway that his relationship with the late Pantera/Damageplan guitarist “” Darrell Abbott was what ultimately drove him to pursue a reunion of the band’s classic ‘Among the Living’ lineup. “To be honest with you, a lot of writers ask [about that], but they always get it wrong,” explained Benante. “I got to take you back to about November last year. I saw Dime about two weeks prior to his death — we talked about so much different sh** that night and I told him about the possibility of doing a reunion. He said that he thought it was a great idea and went on and on about it, and really made me feel good about the idea. I took [what he said] in mind and it really took me along, and when he was shot, different emotions came out, but it really made me think about everybody else. Will everybody be here or be able to do this tour in five or ten years? That’s what pushed me to do this.”

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