Caggiano thought sound problems had ruined Sofia set and they’d be laughing stock as show was broadcast round the world

Anthrax

Sounds bad: Caggiano, centre, with Anthrax

Anthrax believed one of the biggest shows of their lives had been a disaster – and the thrash giants would be made a laughing stock after their performance was broadcast around the world.

They were opening the Big 4 concert in Sofia, Bulgaria, last year, ahead of Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth, when they began to suffer serious sound problems. And they knew that, just hours later, fans across the planet would be watching the event in cinemas, and then on DVD in the coming months.

Guitarist Rob Caggiano tells Geeks of Doom: “It was a very hard show – we had a lot of technical and sound problems.

“The stage sound was definitely screwed up and my amp was making all kinds of noises. I think Charlie Benante had some monitor issues was well. It was a weird show.

“When we walked back to the dressing rooms we were all a little bummed out. The guy from Metallica’s camp came to show us the footage; we had to approve it because it was going to be in movie theatres that day.

“So we watched it – and it actually sounded really good. We couldn’t believe it was the same show.”

The Big 4 are gearing up to play another series of European shows, with speculation rife they’ll soon announce a fully-fledged tour of North America following one appearance last month and another scheduled for the autumn.

But Anthrax will be without rhythm guitarist Scott Ian for a number of appearances, as he attends the birth of his first child. He’ll be replaced by Sepultura’s Andreas Kisser.

Caggiano says: “It’s definitely going to be a little strange having an Anthrax show without Scott, but Andreas is a great guitar player. He’s going to pull it off and it’s going to be fun.”

The band’s long-awaited much-delayed album Worship Music, marking their first studio collaboration with classic-era singer Joey Belladonna in 20 years, is due for release in September.

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