Anthrax Lead Guitarist Leaving Band
Anthrax’s lead guitarist is saying goodbye to the band. Billboard reports that Rob Caggiano has announced his departure so that he can focus on producing music.
Caggiano, who has been with the band since 2007 and also ran with the group from 2001 through 2005, said in a statement, “I’m extremely proud of my time in Anthrax. Actually, that’s an understatement! We accomplished so many great things together over the years and I shared some of the best times of my life with these guys. As a band, we also weathered quite a few storms along the way. It’s been a wild ride (to say the least) from Day One and I wouldn’t change one single thing about the last 12 years.”
He added, “This is an extremely difficult and emotional decision for me to make but my heart is just steering me in a different direction right now. I’ve always been one to follow my heart in everything that I do and while this might be one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, it feels like the right one for me at this time. Scott, Charlie, Joey, Frankie (and John Bush) will always be part of my family and this decision doesn’t change the way I feel about that in the slightest. I would also like to say thanks to all the amazing fans I’ve met and hung out with worldwide over the years. You guys always were and always will be the reason why I make music! In this day and age, being a musician isn’t always easy -also an understatement- but the fans truly make it worthwhile for me. I hope to see each and every one of you again really soon. The fact that Anthrax is at the top of their game right now and totally ‘out for blood’ after all these years is a testament to this band’s longevity and conviction! I’m truly honored to have been a part of their brilliant legacy.”
The group has made their own statement, noting that the split is amicable and that they are considering several options for lead guitar. They said, “Rob has been an integral part of Anthrax for so many years, as our lead guitarist, in a production capacity, but most of all, as our close friend. His contributions to the band have been enormous. While we are sad that he is leaving, we wish him nothing but great success going forward, and hope to share the stage with him again sometime down the road.”
The group has a set classic rock covers set to release soon, with six songs including Rush’s “Anthem,” Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak,” AC/DC’s “TNT,” Boston’s “Smokin’,” Cheap Trick’s “Big Eyes” and Journey’s “Keep on Runnin’.” The tracks will likely be on an expanded edition of Worship Music as well as digital download.