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joeybelladonna400 Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna has discussed his recent comments about being “only allowed so much friendship” with his bandmates.

He insists he didn’t mean to suggest there were problems within the ranks, but admits he’d still prefer to have a closer relationship with the rest of the band.

Back in February Belladonnna said: “I don’t think I’ve ever really found my place with this band. They were open to me, but they weren’t doing anything to make me feel it was going to be the best thing in the world. It was more businesslike.”

Now he tells Rocksverige: “I don’t necessarily say that we’re not getting along. When I grew up playing with people in my hometown, we’d hang together. We just don’t. But that doesn’t mean we’re not [d]oing what we need to do – my intentions were not to make things [out] like we’re just a mess.”

He’s sure the situation isn’t an intentional one, but says: “I’m always picking at people and trying to get them to open up and maybe talk. A lot of people don’t want to do it, and that’s fine, but I’m not that kind of guy. Sometimes you don’t know what you’re dealing with until you talk to people. Maybe you can get something off your chest and maybe something can actually be resolved by it.”

Belladonna admits guitarist Scott Ian spoke to him about his previous comments. “Scott asked me, ‘We’re trying to keep things positive, right?’ Scott was on his promotional tour and doing his spoken-word – so what a great time to answer questions!”

Meanwhile, the vocalist continues work on material for the follow-up to Anthrax’s comeback album Worship Music. “We have a lot of stuff,” he says. “There could be around 15 or 16 songs at this point. I have three just finished. It’s going to be really intense and I don’t think we’ll let you down.”

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  1. I just hope this band sticks with Belladonna. They’re best music has always been with him at the mic. Worship Music was by far one of the best albums to come out last year and Joey’s voice just gets better with every new release.

  2. They talked a lot of crap about him when he wasn’t in the band and then talked about how great he was when they brought him back in. I think they just brought him back in to please the fans and nothing more.

  3. I really don’t think you’ll ever feel comfortable Joey they’re a lucky bunch and don’t realize it. The band without you were at a low point and not to bash John Bush but the band was completely different and more of a hard rock outfit. Always sleep with one eye open!

  4. This guy is so underrated. At Ronnie’s wake he flat-out out sang everybody. No shit, I was as surprised as anybone. “Man On the Silver Mountain,” I witnessed the best version that has ever been sung, by anybody, even Ronnie. The emotion he put into it, it was like a new song, it had never been sung like that. I walked away with a whole new esteem of this guy, way underrated. Have you seen him lately with ‘Thrax? he can still hit those crazy notes, the tough ones in between mid and high, he doesn’t have to duck ’em.

  5. Joey is also a great showman. He was great in the 80s and 90s, and even better now.
    I also think John Bush is great, but I am glad he is in Armored Saint again because now there is two great metal bands! I hope both bands put out another album soon.

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