Anthrax frontman Joey says he had stage invader situation under control before he was tackled and slammed under security pile-on

Joey Belladonna

Avoidable incident: Joey Belladonna

Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna says he had the situation under control before over-zealous security guards slammed him and a stage invader into a multi-man pileup.

The drama unfolded at a show in LA last weekend 90 minutes into the band’s show. A single fan managed to make his way onto the stage and Belladonna went to tackle him. But a large bouncer climbed onto the stage and knocked both of them off their feet, and several other security guards joined in.

The band stopped the show with bassist Frank Bello shouting angrily at venue staff while guitarist Scott Ian told the crowd: “It’s pretty smart to tackle the singer – I guess they haven’t seen him up here on stage for the last 90 minutes.”

Now the singer has shared his own thoughts on the event. Belladonna tells Metal Assault: “He bulldozed me. I got slammed. Then there was, like, and eight-guy pile-on. I was like, ‘This is not happening.’

“Usually that doesn’t happen with me involved. I just wanted to say, ‘Hey, no, stop – everything’s good,’ but within seconds I was on the ground.”

He’s confident the stage invader could have been deal with calmly, and says he was part-way through dealing with the situation himself.

“I had both arms on his shoulder,” he explains. “I turned my head in seconds and I got ploughed over.”

But he’s stopped short of slating the house staff, accepting things may not have looked the same from the first guard’s viewpoint: “I know in certain circumstances you have to react quite quickly. Maybe it didn’t look right to him – I don’t know.

“I’ve seen people come out and really get too quick with it. He was that big he could have just put his arms round and said, ‘Okay, you’re done. I’m going to hold you and I’m going to walk you off, and if you don’t wanna, then we’re going to fight.’

“I’ve seen people resist and that’s when it gets ugly.”

Meanwhile, Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante says the band would have liked to have been higher up the bill at the Big 4 concert in their home town of New York in September.

They opened the show, as they’ve done on all dates, for fellow thrash giants Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth – but Benante admits it would have been nicer to have played later at the Yankee Stadium.

“To be quite honest, we felt that way,” he tells the Houston Press. “But there’s nothing we could have done about it.

“We just wanted to be there. It was a big homecoming – especially for myself, growing up in the Bronx with Yankee Stadium in my back yard.

“There was an excitement around the whole day for us. And we knew it would go quick, so we just tried to grave onto everything and have the most memories we could.”

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