Anthrax Drummer Missing Australian Shows

Charlie Benante

Yes, it’s true!

Charlie Benante will not be going to Australia with the band for its tour of that continent, which kicks off in two days.

Why? Well, Charlie is “dealing with personal issues right now and can’t leave” the U.S., Scott Ian says online.

I wonder if it has anything to do with this.

In his place, they have recruited Jon Dette, a former Testament and Slayer drummer who is now in Animetal USA.

Dette is “an animal,” Ian says, who is “going to make history” as a temporary replacement Charlie.

“[Charlie is] really bummed about not being able to head down there,” says Ian.

Dette previously filled in for Benante on the band’s European tour last fall.

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