JOEY BELLADONNA - VOCALIST/DRUMMER
Joey's voice has been featured on 5 studio albums, several EPs, and sold 8 million records worldwide.
Anthrax were formed in 1981, but it was in about 1984 when, during a tour, the band realised that their vocalist Neil Turbin couldn’t cut it live and so cancelled a European tour and instead set about writing their second album (with no vocalist). Matt Falon joined briefly but then a suggestion was made regarding Joey Belladonna, and so it was that Joey became the Anthrax vocalist. After a separation, Joey and Anthrax were reunited in May 2010 when they did a tour called "The Big Four" (with Slayer, Metallica & Megadeth). At the time of writing Anthrax's tenth studio album 'Worship Music' has been released to much anticipation from the fans.
Joey took time from his November 2011 tour with Anthrax to answer some quickfire questions for 'Paradiddles, Plectrums & Posers':
1. Main influences The Beatles
2. 1st album bought Eric Clapton
3. 1st gig attended Pink Floyd
4. Who would you like to see but haven’t yet? Steve Lukather (Toto)
5. Who would you like to work with? Neal Schon (Journey)
Joey also enjoys playing with his covers band Chief Big Way, with whom he drums and sings, who do regular gigs in New York. Check out Joey's pages on Facebook to keep up with his recording and gig news:
Joey Belladonna Official Page Chief Big Way
Above: Joey (centre) with Anthrax.