Tonight, was time to make history in Birmingham. I had been back in this town since the 30th December 2016 and I haven’t left since.
This was also going to be my first Heavy Metal gig in the HOME OF METAL. I had seen: Death Angel, Armoured Saint, Queensryche, Metal Church, Angel Witch and King Diamond in London. But it was time to go to a gig in this country without having to leave my home town.
I became a fan of Anthrax back in 2006 when my older brother gave me a HMV gift card. I went down to HMV in the city on my 21st Birthday to buy “Among the Living”.
Out of the BIG 4 of Thrash Metal. I have been lucky to see Slayer and Megadeth live. I could never be bothered paying to see Metallica because even though they were the first METAL BAND I got into, they are so overpriced.
Anthrax has always been my favourite band out of the BIG 4 OF THRASH. When they reunited with the “Among the Living” line up in 2005 I was excited.
But in 2007 it all went to shit when Joey Belladonna left and so did Dan Spitz. 3 years later Joey was back leading the band. Allot of people don’t really care that DAN SPITZ isn’t in the line-up anymore. But for now, we have the talents of Jon Donais.
I got to the 02 around 7.00pm to enjoy a kebab, chip and a TANGO before heading inside.
The Raven Age. Were on first they got a new album coming out in 2017 called “Darkness Will Rise”. They did a good job on stage, but I find it shit a guitarist thinks his cool on stage by wearing a cap backwards.
People of Metal, don’t wear a cap backwards. Not only does it make you uncool, you are reminding others of Nu Metal and Fred Durst.
Anthrax got on stage after 8.30pm the first part of the set was some old and new classic songs.
The band launched into A.I.R from “Spreading the Disease” I have never owned this album in my life as I was never really connected with in.
When Anthrax started playing “Madhouse” we were all reminded of their loopy music video that was mocking the mentally Ill. Therefore, MTV banned it. But it was all a fucking harmless joke.
“Evil Twin” off their new album “For All Kings”. I haven’t been keeping up with this band in the last few years. So, I was quite surprised when they put out a new album as it was 5 years after “Worship Music”.
“Aftershock” from “Spreading the Disease”. I am really regretting that I haven’t brought this album even though I have been a fan since 2006.
“Blood Eagle Wings” off the new album “For All Kings” It’s one of the longest songs that Anthrax have made.
“Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't” When this song came out in 2011 it was influential to all Metalheads around the world. Allot of us are sick of today’s music and we just wanna fight these bastards till we can’t.
I mean the week when Anthrax “Worship Music” came out, it sold more copies than Fucking Lady Gaga or Katy Perry that week.
When “Worship Music” was released, that was the re-emerging of Anthrax after many years without a decent album.
Breathing Lightning from “for all Kings” Its intro starts of wussy before Scott, Frank and Charlie kick it into 6th gear. It’s got that classic Anthrax sound.
The band took an interval before the went back on stage to perform the entire “Among the Living” album. This album was ground breaking in 1987, 30 years later it’s still a classic.
I was having a fun time. But during “ A.D.I. / Horror of It All” Some cunt was headbanging, he was pushed and the back of his head ended up whacking into my nose, causing sever nose bleed.
It doesn’t bother me that I missed out on hearing Imitation of life, “I’m the Man” or the Trust cover of ANTISOCIAL. The important thing is I got good treatment thanks to a paramedic called Lisa who works at the O2.
I know how dangerous mosh pits, stage diving, crowd surfing and circle pits are. People have been crushed to death in the past, I saved a lady’s life at Dream Theater when she fainted.
I’ve been punched in the mouth, I’ve broken a tooth at Hellfest and now I have had my fucking nose bleed. In life, you could give someone a nose bleed for listening to Kylie Minogue or you could get one when you are “CAUGHT IN A MOSH”