Earlier this month, the nominees for 2020’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were announced.

In a recent interview with Anthrax’s Charlie Benante on Eddie’s Sirius XM’s Trunk Nation, the topic of the Rock Hall was brought up – with the drummer saying his band deserve to be inducted into the famed hall.

He said, “The reason why I think we should be nominated for The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is because of the stamp that we made on rock and heavy metal music.

If it wasn’t for us, there would be a lot of bands that wouldn’t be around today. I don’t mean to sound, ‘Oh, this guy’s got a huge ego,’ but we introduced a lot of people to rap music and to that whole style that became nu metal.

We never really talk about it too much, but since you brought it up, yeah. I think that’s more important to The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, because of what genre it created and that genre created another genre.”

Anthrax formed in 1981 and have released 11 studio albums, with their most recent being 2016’s For All Kings.

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  • RobT on

    Good reply Doug, I like you am weary of the racist,racist, racist tag being put on everything. You call it as you see it and express your honest opinion and that is nothing to apologize for, in fact it is as Mr. Trunk might say ‘refreshing.”
    I am certainly no fan of rap, but I am of jazz, blues, bluegrass, some funk and techno even. I could go on and on, but I am sure that there are those that don’t particularly like those genres along with prog, gothic, alternative, see? I told you I could go on and on.
    I wanted to reply to this earlier after I had seen it on my lunch break, but I had to wait till I got home to type it on my laptop.

    • Doug R. on

      Thank you, Rob, it’s nice to know somebody understands. I am so sick and tired of certain individuals labeling people simply because they don’t agree with them, or like what what they like. It’s so ridiculous! We shouldn’t have to defend ourselves against idiots like D7 just because we hate Rap! I have 2 close black friends up in NY, and 4 more in FL in my bowling league, and they HATE Rap as well! Why? Because like me, they’re all over 50, and most people (BLACK OR WHITE) over 50, hell, over 30, hate rap! It is what I call fake “music!” Because it isn’t real, no singing, no instruments, no talent! To call (or imply) that someone is a racist because they don’t like Rap, is beyond reprehensible! I don’t like Country music either, (except for a few older tunes) but that doesn’t mean I don’t like Country folks! Just went to Dollywood about 2 months ago, had the time of my life! I just went to see Lionel Richie a couple months ago as well, had a GREAT time! I always loved Lionel Richie, great voice, great singer, songwriter, and a GREAT musician! Anyway, I gotta run, have a great day, Rob, cheers!! 🙂

    • Dana on

      I am not a fan of the genre, either. I remember, when it became popular, and I did not like then, either

      Currently, some of those old classic Rap songs, sound like Vivladi, compared to hip hop and gangsta rap. The Rap of yore, actually had some melody, and sometimes humor, like Young MC’s, Bust A Move, which is not only catchy, but the lyrics are hysterical.

      On the flip side, one of the most influential rock musicians was African American, proving that [most] people are color blind, when it comes to music/musicians.

    • Doug R. on

      My father was a HUGE Elvis fan, but he used to talk more about Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and B.B. King even more than Elvis! He loved the Blues, Rock, Jazz, Rockabilly, Big Band/Swing music, and even the old Country & Western music! My parents were always very versatile, I remember my mother always used to say variety is the spice of life! Everybody in my family always loved all kinds of music, (my mother LOVED Diana Ross & The Supremes) and my older brothers were huge Jimi Hendrix fans, as am I, but didn’t really appreciate how great Jimi was until I got older. Point is, this bullsh-t of labeling people as racist just because they don’t like Rap has got to stop! BTW, “Bust A Move” is a really good party song! 😉 The “Rap” of 30 years ago is nothing like the “Crap” of today! I’ve even heard some of the old school rappers say the same thing! Progression isn’t always a good thing, especially when it comes to Rap. Back in ’83 (I know I told this story before) there was a song called “White Lines (Don’t Do it)” by Grandmaster and Melle Mel, and I still have the 12″! To me, that song really isn’t a typical Rap song, because there’s a killer bass line, there’s some singing with real vocals in there, and there’s a positive message in that song, none of those elements exist in Rap today! Really hasn’t since the early 90’s. I’m not a fan of fake plastic factory made bubble gum poppers either, like that little creep Justin Beaver! If you want to know why most people prefer to live in the past (especially when it comes to music) all you have to do is listen to 15 seconds of the sh-t (most of it) that’s out there today! Monday I get to see one of the greatest greats of all time (again) ~ Elton John! It’s like I always say (about a million times already 😉 greatness never gets old!

    • Dana on

      The “Rap” of 30 years ago is nothing like the “Crap” of today!

      I completely agree with that statement.

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