Charlie Benante to miss Anthrax’s ‘Next Few Shows’, replacement named

Last week, thrash legends Anthrax kicked their other leg into motion 2023 North America Tour (along side Black Label Society and Exodus). Unfortunately, it looks like a drummer Charlie Benante will be absent from a few upcoming shows due to having “a minor procedure performed” (as noted by the band).

So who will take over while Benante recovers? None other than Derek Roddy (Hate ForeverNorthern Light, The NileSerpents rise).

Yesterday (January 20th), Anthrax issued the following statement to their official Facebook and Instagram pages:

Our beat man – Charlie Benante – has gone off tour for a few days to have a minor procedure done and won’t be around for the next few shows. Never fear, the formidable Derek Roddy is filling in while Charlie is away – and don’t worry, Charlie will be back soon. Meanwhile, the metal is still heavy and the show must go on. See you there!

So far, Benante hasn’t said anything on social media regarding the news, but Roddy shared Anthrax’s Facebook message and added: “Well here we go. Haha.”

You can see both posts below:

So far, both artists have received mostly positive feedback from fans. For example, one Instagram user responded to Anthrax: “Derek Roddy? Damn sick. I want all songs 280bpm or higher. Knock it out in 28 min.” Another fan commented: “Hopefully Charlie has a speedy recovery and punishes the drum kit soon,” while one of Roddy’s Facebook followers stated: “Derek wants to OWN those songs! How fun is that going to be??”

Although no specific details have been given regarding Benante’s “procedure”, he has missed shows in previous years due to problems with carpal tunnel syndrome. Back in 2018, there were e.g. Testament‘s Gene Hoglan happily filled out for him during Anthrax’s stay Kills‘s farewell tour.

Of course Loudwire wishes Benante a speedy recovery and back to the stage!

Also, be sure to check out Anthrax’s upcoming tour dates below. You can get tickets here.

Anthrax/Black Label Society/Exodus 2023 Tour Dates:

Jan. 21 – Penticton, British Columbia @ Sun. Okanagan Events Ctr.
Jan. 22 – Calgary, Alberta @ Gray Eagle Events Center
Jan. 24 – Winnipeg, Manitoba @ Burton Cummings
Jan. 25 – Grand Forks, ND @ Alerus Center
Jan. 27 – Madison, Wis. @Sylvee
Jan. 28 – Mt. Nice, Mich. @ Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Jan. 29 – Chicago, Ill. @Radius
Jan. 31 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
February 02 – Portland, Maine @ Cross Insurance Arena
February 03 – Uncasville, Ct. @ Mohegan Sun Arena
February 04 – Bethlehem, Pa. @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
February 05 – Boston, Mass. @ House of Blues
February 07 – Corbin, Ky. @ Corbin Arena
February 08 – St. Louis, Mo. @ The Factory at The District
February 10 – San Antonio, Texas @, Tec Port Center + Arena
February 11 – Houston, Texas @ Bayou
February 13 – Wichita, Kan. @ Admiral Theatre
February 14 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. @ The Criterion
February 15 – Albuquerque, NM @ Revel
February 17 – Riverside, California. @ Municipal Auditorium
February 18 – Oakland, California. @Fox Theater
February 19 – Anaheim, California. @ City National Grove of Anaheim

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