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Anthrax guitarist quits

Guitarist Rob Caggiano has left Anthrax, days after the band’s sidewave performance in February was announced. Caggiano put out a press release explaining that, “This is an extremely difficult and emotional decision for me to make but my heart is just steering me in a different direction right now.” The guitarist, who joined the band in 2001, was also the producer for their last two albums, Worship Music and We’ve Come For You All, as well as producing for a variety of other bands. That’s the side of his career Caggiano plans to pursue in the immediate future, saying, “I can’t wait to get back in the recording studio again! Over the years, I’ve been blessed with the privilege of working with a wide range of great bands/artists from Anthrax and Cradle of Filth all the way to Bruce Springsteen, and I look forward to a hopeful continuation of that side of my career while I figure out my next move as an artist.”

The split seems to be a friendly one on both sides, with the band releasing the following statement via Facebook.

Rob has been an integral part of Anthrax for so many years, as our lead guitarist, in a production capacity, but most of all, as our close friend. His contributions to the band have been enormous. While we are sad that he is leaving, we wish him nothing but great success going forward, and hope to share the stage with him again sometime down the road.

With the Metal Alliance Tour on the horizon, we have been considering several lead guitarist options, and will be making an announcement on that shortly.

ANTHRAX – Charlie Benante, Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna

The Metal Alliance Tour begins in March, but before that they’ll be in Australia for Soundwave, beginning with a Brisbane sideshow.

Anthrax Sidewave show:

Thursday, February 21 – The Hi Fi, Brisbane

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