Anthrax is back on the road, and the tour kick-off in Phoenix on Tuesday night (July 26) featured the return of a long-absent favorite to the set list. The band performed “Only” for the first time since Oct. 24, 2011, according to Setlist.fm.
The song was one of the prominent works of the era in which the singer John Bush fronted the group, but the current lineup, which functions Joey Belladonna back in the fold decided to give the song a go during the opening night of their latest tour leg.
“Only” originally appeared in the 1993s The sound of white noise album, and later got another boost when it was optioned to The Return of the Killer A‘s compilation. The track also climbed to No. 26 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart.
The band, who currently share their touring bill with Black Label Society and Hatebreed, rocked through a 12-song set on opening night. Included in the show was “In the End”, a track they dedicated to Ronnie James Dio, Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul. Works by Dime and Vinnie will soon become the drummer’s centerpiece Charlie Benantefocus as he is been connected to Pantera reunion tour expected to take place next year.
Anthrax continued to work towards a new album, but recently saturated their fan base Anthrax XLa live album and video release centered around their 40th anniversary live stream in 2021.
Anthrax, “Only” (Phoenix’s The Van Buren – July 26, 2022)
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