John Bush Says “The Timing Is Right” For Him To Play Anthrax Songs Live

Could John Bush be ready to start performing Anthrax songs live again but this time without the guys in Anthrax?  The answer is yes!  John was a member of Anthrax for over 12 years and released 4 studio albums with them.  He is also known for his great work with the band Armored Saint. – Mark Strigl

John Bush recently told Victor Ruiz this during an interview on the Mars Attacks podcast:  “It’s not as if I’d want to go out and do a long tour, because I haven’t done anything like that with Armored Saint.  I just haven’t wanted to do any long tours really, that’s the starting point I’ll tell you that.  Somethings come up, and they’re great, and you say the Armored Saint and Queensryche thing, it sounded like a great thing, and a great tour for the band, so we decided to do it.  And that’s what happened and that’s cool.  Other things are going to come up, hopefully, I mean people want to see us, both Armored Saint, and what I did, by playing these Anthrax songs.  If it comes up, and its the right scenario then I will embrace it.  I think it could be time to do that, I don’t know what yet, but I am open to it.  Because, the timing seems to be right, next year is 25 years since the Sound Of White Noise came out, so you can connect some sort of an anniversary to it.  And I’ve said this, and I’ve probably said this to you, or someone else, because Blabbermouth wrote about it.  I’m 53, and I’ll be 54 in a couple of months, I feel great vocally, I feel great physically, but I’m also honest about my age.  I’m not 25, when I did those Anthrax albums I was in my early 30s, late 20s, and those songs are demanding.  So I don’t want to say, yeah I’ll do those songs in 5 years when I’m SIXTY.  So with the timing it could be now, but it has to be right, it has to feel right, it has to be the right scenario.  And it would probably just be me, not me acoustically, those guys, and that band, Anthrax is rolling, and they should keep rolling, and I don’t want to do anything to like stick a spoke in the wheel, because that is not my objective, and I just think it would be bad for them, and that’s not my goal to create any sort of havoc there, I don’t want to do that.  But if something comes up, and it could be cool, saying that, I would be open to it, and I have this feeling, we titled the Saint record Carpe Notem, you know seize the night.  I don’t know what the future holds, so I’m more open to that than I ever was, because it’s just the realities of life, and what’s happening.  But it has to be right, it has to feel right, I’m certainly not going out there to do it because it’s a cash cow, or anything like that.  The primary reason to do it, and it is the reason for doing anything, is for fun, quite frankly.  So that should be the goal if that happens, and if anything else aligns, and you can do it, and not lose money, make a little money, if it feels like the right combination of musicians and there’s a story, then I think that will happen, that’s real safe.   <transcribed by Victor Ruiz for TalkingMetal.com>

You can listen to the full interview here.


The part where he discusses the idea of playing Anthrax songs live again is 1:47:18 into the show.  Subscribed to the Mars Attacks podcast on iTunes.

Anthrax – Sound Of White Noise

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