Just a few weeks short of being closed down and demolished, the House Of Blues in Hollywood was quite possibly at its most lively state on Wednesday night. Instead of going away quietly and meekly, the iconic venue hosted its last metal show by bringing not just any metal band to its stage, but the “4” in “Big 4”, the mighty Anthrax.
As expected, hordes of fans lined up in front of the venue hours before the show. With only days until the entire place ceases to exist, there was no time to waste with the opening acts… there weren’t any. Anthrax went on sharp at 8:45 p.m. and played one of the most exceptionally heavy, heart-pounding, and thrashing sets that most in attendance probably ever saw or will see.
Being an Anthrax show, it did not give anyone a chance to roll up their sleeves and get ready for the madness. The crowd surfing started at first note and the mosh-pit engulfed the floor the moment the curtains drew back to reveal the metal gods.
The band started off their performance with the classic “A.I.R.”, then “Lone Justice”, and “Madhouse.” Along with all their popular favorites, Anthrax had a few surprises up their sleeves….. “Across the River” (which hadn’t been performed since 1989) and a cover of Dio era Sabbath classic “Neon Knights”. Legendary rapper Chuck D joining the band on stage to perform the 1991 hit “Bring The Noise” was another shocker that refreshed many memories for the old school Anthrax faithful.
An emotional moment of remembrance took place right after “March of the S.O.D”, when two huge backdrops, depicting legends lost Ronnie James Dio and Dimebag Darrell, were unfurled on stage. The crowd followed the lead of Joey Belladonna throwing up the horns in the air as the band ripped into the familiar sounds of “In The End.”
Halfway through the show Scott Ian took a moment to address the crowd about the closing of the venue and urged the fans to make some great memories of the place that is to be forever gone. And with that the crowd did all they could to save the demolition team some time.
Delivering an exceptionally unrelenting two-hour set, Anthrax did not disappoint a single fan in the house. While many memories were made in the venue during its history, this final run with Anthrax and next week Steel Panther is sure to leave lasting memories on the Strip for decades to come as the fitting farewell to the Sunset HOB.
And while contentedly crushed and fired up, when the crowd left the venue after the show, one could not help but hear the whispers of many spectators that this could have been one of the best Anthrax shows to date.
Anthrax are Joey Belladonna, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, Scott Ian and Jonathan Donais.
The band is currently working on a new record and is scheduled to tour with Motorhead this coming fall.
For more updated see Anthrax Official Website