Back in July 1991, thrash titan Anthrax released a cover of one of Public Enemy’s signature songs, “Bring the Noise.” Now, 31 years later, the pair have unexpectedly reunited as Public Enemy founder Chuck D joined Anthrax as they played the seminal tune at the Hollywood Palladium last Friday night (July 29).
The track originally appeared on the 1987 soundtrack Less than zero before moving on to Public Enemy’s second studio album, It takes a nation of millions to hold us back, the following year. It subsequently reached No. 56 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart.
Of course, the rap group Anthrax mentioned in the song (“Wax is for anthrax, still it can rock bells”), which got longtime fan – and Anthrax guitarist – Scott Ian persuading his bandmates (and Chuck D) to put their own official spin on the song.
Before long it appeared on both Attack of the Killer B’s Anthrax compilation and Public Enemy’s fourth LP, 1991’s Apocalypse 91… The enemy strikes black (like “Bring tha Noize”). The rest, as they say, is history.
Of course, the Hollywood Palladium performance took place just days after Anthrax came out Anthrax XL, their 40th anniversary live stream concert from 2021, as both a live audio compilation and a video album (available digitally, on CD and on Blu-ray). Among the tracks included is – you guessed it – “Bring the Noise” featuring Chuck D.
You can watch the fan-filmed footage of the song below.
Chuck D. joins Anthrax for “Bring the Noise” at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Palladium
Also, Anthrax is currently on an international tour to celebrate their anniversary (along with Black Label Society, Hatebreed and/or Municipal Waste). Grab your tickets here.
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