New York’s own thrash metal legends Anthrax have shared episode three (titled “Iron Maiden”) of their new mini video series detailing the inside story, behind the making of, and promotion of the band’s fifth album, ‘Persistence of Time,’ which the band plan to unleash in ’30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition’ form on August 21st through Megaforce Records (pre-order).
Back in 1988, all of the members of Anthrax were big Iron Maiden fans. Not only did they love Maiden’s music, but they appreciated and learned from the band’s professionalism, the way they cared about their road crew and their fans, examples they apply to this day with their own crew and fanbase. In support of Anthrax’s then new album Persistence of Time, the band did two major tours with Iron Maiden – the 1988 European leg of “Monsters of Rock,” and the European and North American legs of Maiden’s “No Prayer for the Dying” in 1990-91. Over the course of the two tours, drummer Charlie Benante took over for Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain at one show, playing “Number of The Beast,” “Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter,” and the show’s closer, “Sanctuary.” For Anthrax’s final show of the “No Prayer for the Dying” tour, Salt Lake City, UT on March 19, 1991, the band joined Maiden on stage to perform the closer “Sanctuary.”