ANTHRAX and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will bring some of the finest thrash and heavy metal to 24 North American cities when they kick off a five-week tour on Tuesday, July 26 at Van Buren in Phoenix, Arizona, which includes a stop in Cincinnati at The Andrew J Brady Music Center on August 15. Both bands will play headline sets. HATEBREED, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the "Perseverance" album, will special guest.
"Zakk [Wylde, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY leader] has been a friend and an inspiration to me as a guitar player, songwriter, and beard grower since we met in 1988," said ANTHRAX's Scott Ian. "We've had the privilege to share festival stages with Zakk and BLS around the world, and it's always been a head-banging mutual admiration society between the two bands. Now we get to share the stage every night on what is easily going to be the heaviest tour of 2022 — the ultimate pounding one-two combination of bands. Oh, and did I mention we've got fucking HATEBREED with us as our special guests? Holy crap, it's going to be the night of 1000 crushing riffs. I can't wait to see you all on the road."
Said Wylde: "ANTHRAX is one of The BESTEST LEGENDARY METAL/THRASH BANDS of ALL TIME — I have been buds with SCOTTY, CHARLIE, FRANKIE & JOEY for over 30 years and they are some of the BESTEST people you will meet. JON is The BESTEST new addition ANTHRAX could ask for — HATEBREED are The BESTEST HARDCORE/EXTREME METAL band & BESTEST friends w/ANTHRAX & BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. The ANTHRAX + BLACK LABEL SOCIETY & HATEBREED TOUR is going to be one of the BESTEST TOURS EVER!!"
"Listen up! It's gonna be a hot summer!" added HATEBREED's Jamey Jasta. "ANTHRAX, BLS, and HATEBREED will be on your case, in your face, and ready to kick you and your father back in place! See you in the pit."
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and ANTHRAX have shared festival stages and one-off shows numerous times, but this marks the very first time these two bands will tour together.