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    Mon, 30 Jan 2012 09:13:12

    Anthrax's Charlie Benante Leaves Tour to Be With Terminally Ill Mother - Guitarist Scott Ian also suffered from a viral infection

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    It's been a rough week for members of Anthrax. On Wednesday (Jan. 25), Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian contracted a bad viral infection that caused him to be hospitalized near his home in Los Angeles. He was put though a battery of tests, and received fluids intravenously. While he was allowed to go home to await the test results, ER doctors told him he could not fly for at least 24 hours; consequently Ian missed Thursday's show in Kansas City and will miss Friday's Indianapolis show. He rejoined the band in Fort Wayne on Saturday, Jan. 28.

    Also, Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante is taking a short leave from the band's concert tour to be with his mother who is terminally ill. Immediately following Thursday's show Kansas City, Benante flew to New York to join his family at his mother's bedside.

    In Ian's absence, guitarists from Testament and Death Angel have stepped in to play his parts on various songs; starting with Friday's show in Indianapolis, Testament's drummer Gene Hoglan filled in for Benante.

    "We didn't want to cancel any of the concerts, we didn't want to let anyone down," said Anthrax's Rob Caggiano. "So we decided to figure out a way to keep the show on the road. We're so grateful to the guys in Testament and Death Angel for stepping up."

    The members of Anthrax, who are all close to Charlie's mom, appreciate your understanding in this very difficult time.

    We send our prayers, thoughts and support out to Anthrax.

    Did you do the same?

    —Katie Sheehan
    01.30.12



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