Thrashing metal in the South: Raleigh welcomes Anthrax


By Gus Samarco, Rock At Night Raleigh Correspondent

Venue:  The Ritz, Raleigh, NC – 04/11/2017–Anthrax and The Devil Wears Prada


The Ritz Raleigh is a special venue for me, this was where I shot my first concert for Rock at Night a little over a year ago… the rest is history.

I’ve been listening to Metal since the mid 80’s, I can’t describe my excitement to be able to shoot my first Big Four Band, flippin’ Anthrax, ladies and gentlemen, but before that, let’s talk about The Devil Wears Prada.
Full house again for some metal in Raleigh, yes, the South loves metal!!! The Devil Wears Prada kicked things out with lots of energy, pretty much full throttle, not an opening act, they just had to play first.
Playing first didn’t change things for The Devil Wears Prada, they delivered a blistering fast pace set that brought the crowd up in flames. Headbands galore right there.
Without further delay, let’s talk about Anthrax… have I mention how excited I Am? The band came on stage with a massive amount of power, lights and sound, the crowd went totally bananas… and so did yours truly.
Anthrax’s Intro song “I Can’t Turn You Loose” is one of my favorite intro’s. Who doesn’t like the Blues Brothers?
The Devil Wears Prada

The band kicked out with “Among the Living” and I got goose bumps seeing Scott, Joey and Frank running around the stage, instigating the crowd.

“Caught in a Mosh” came next… I just keep feeling so lucky to be able to witness Scott Ian Janming at touch distance from me. I was an Anthrax fan way before I picked up a camera–I was in awe.
The intro of “Madhouse” just made everyone wired up and the song kicked in to a wild crowd.
“Fight’Em Till you Can’t” and “I Am the Law” prepared the crowd to listen to “Breathing Lightning”, a new song from the latest album, For All Kings. This song happens to be my personal favorite from the album
“I had to stop writing, N.F.L.” came next, and since I was out of the photo pit already, I could work on my old school head banging 😃
I didn’t notice until I got to post-processing of the photos but I took almost 50% less pictures of Anthrax than I did for the other bands… I have to admit, I put the camera down and banged my head a lot while I was working the pit. The fact I loved the music so much is the reason and not that I liked the band less than the others—quite the opposite!
I can’t wait see Anthrax again, honestly, it was awesome. Later on I had the chance to say a quick “hello: to Scott Ian and I must say, the man is a real class act. I love when I get to meet semi-gods that are just like real people… I got to the conclusion that “Bologna on Hand” Sandwiches gives one the power to make  speedy, harsh, dirty Trash Metal!
Thank you for coming to Raleigh, and, heck, thanks for keeping it together, writing new music, AND touring!!!!
Anthrax Setlist:
Among the Living
Caught in a Mosh
Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t
I Am the Law
Breathing Lightning
Evil Twin
March of the S.O.D.
Blood Eagle Wings
The Devil Wears Prada Setlist:
Sailor’s Prayer
Planet A
Dead Throne
Don’t miss the chance to see Anthrax and The Devil Wears Prada during the Killtrax Tour and Anthrax during the rest of their World Tour:
Apr 16     KillThrax Tour Pharr, TX
Apr 17     KillThrax Tour Houston, TX
Apr 18     KillThrax TourDallas, TX
Apr 20     KillThrax Tour Tempe, AZ
Apr 21     Las Rageous Las Vegas, NV
Apr 22     KillThrax Tour Los Angeles, CA
Apr 23     KillThrax Tour San Francisco, CA
Apr 25     KillThrax Tour Seattle, WA
Apr 26     KillThrax Tour Portland, OR
Apr 28     KillThrax Tour Denver, CO
Apr 29     KillThrax TourOmaha, NE
Apr 30     Killthrax Tour Kansas City, MO
May 01     KillThrax Tour Saint Louis, MO
May 03     KillThrax Tour Toronto, Canada
May 05     KillThrax Tour Huntington, NY
May 06     KillThrax Tour Clifton Park, NY
May 07     KillThrax Tour Boston, MA
May 17     Zepp Bayside w/ Megadeth Osaka, Japan
May 18     Zepp DiverCity w/ Megadeth Koto Ku, Japan
May 19     Zepp DiverCity w/ Megadeth Koto Ku, Japan
Jun 17     Matapaloz Festival Hockenheim, Germany
Jun 18     GARAGE Saarbrucken, Germany
Jun 19     Kulturzentrum Schlachthof e.V.     Wiesbaden, Germany
Jun 21     Barba Negra Track Budapest, Hungary
Jun 22     Arsenal Fest Kragujevac, Serbia
Jun 23     Alpen Flair Castelrotto, Italy
Jun 25     Artefacts Festival Eckbolsheim Strasbourg, France
Jun 26     Regensburg Eventhall Airport Obertraubling, Germany
Jun 27     Osnabruck Hyde Park w/ The Raven Age Osnabrück, Germany
Jun 29     Victorie Alkmaar, Netherlands
Jul 01     Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark
Jul 02     De Pul Uden, Netherlands
Jul 04     Anthrax Pamplona, Spain
Jul 05     Anthrax Corroios, Portugal
Jul 06     Resurrection Festival Vivero, Spain
Jul 13     Chippewa Music Fest Cadott, WI
Jul 14     Chicago Open Air w/ Kiss, Megadeth Chicago, IL
Jul 15     Rock Fest Oshkosh, WI
Here’s a great video from the show by David Nisoff:


 Photo Gallery

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Gus Samarco

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