This past Saturday, Anthrax closed the show at the sold-out Los Angeles “KillThrax” tour stop and those in attendance witnessed an exclusive treat, the band’s first-ever live performance of Carry On, their cover of the classic Kansas song. With shout-outs from fans for the band to play the song at the “KillThrax” shows, airplay on Active Rock stations across the country, more than 300,000 YouTube views, and even a “thumbs-up” for the cover from Kansas founding member Phil Ehart, the band decided it was time to play it live.

Anthrax fans are well aware that there is no keyboardist in the band and keyboards are prominent on this song, so the band enlisted the help of Fred Mandel to join them onstage at the Wiltern Theatre for the performance. Mandel recorded the keyboards for the Carry On cover track and has played with icons from Alice Cooper to Elton John to Queen.

Watch the performance below.

Remaining “KillThrax” dates – Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, The Devil Wears Prada and Code Orange – are below.


25 Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA *
26 Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR **
28 The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO *
29 Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE **
30 Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO *


1 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO **
3 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON CANADA **
5 Paramount Theatre, Huntington, NY **
6 Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY *
7 House of Blues, Boston, MA*

* KsE closes
** Anthrax closes

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  • Doug on

    5:37 minutes of VERY WELL spent time. Liked it!

  • Keith G on

    Awesome version of this CLASSIC song! They didn’t thrash it up, but stayed true to the original. Some songs just can’t be improved upon, and this is one of them. Kudos to Anthrax for recognizing this fact, and paying homage to a great tune!

  • Taskerofpuppets on

    That was done pretty well. Would have been nice if we could have seen Jon Donali play his solo. Sounded good

  • Charles Clinchot on

    All ways loved Kansas as a kid and I never really thought of it but this was a heavy song.

  • Harold Taint on

    Anthrax has keyboards? What the hell?

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