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Charlie Benante: Anthrax deserve Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame recognition

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Earlier this month, the nominees for 2020’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were announced.

The rock world was well represented with Motorhead, Judas PriestThin LizzySoundgardenT-RexMC5Nine Inch NailsPat Benatar and Todd Rundgren all in with a shot of making it in next year. They were joined on the list by Dave Matthews Band, The Doobie BrothersKraftwerk, Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G. and Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

And in a recent interview with Anthrax’s Charlie Benante on Sirius XM’s Trunk Nation, the topic of the Rock Hall was brought up – with the drummer saying his band deserve to be recognised for the work they’ve done in bringing metal to the masses.

He says (via Blabbermouth): “The reason why I think we should be nominated for The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is because of the stamp that we made on rock and heavy metal music.

“If it wasn't for us, there would be a lot of bands that wouldn't be around today. I don't mean to sound, 'Oh, this guy's got a huge ego,' but we introduced a lot of people to rap music and to that whole style that became nu metal.

“We never really talk about it too much, but since you brought it up, yeah. I think that's more important to The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, because of what genre it created and that genre created another genre.”

Anthrax formed in 1981 and have released 11 studio albums, with their most recent being 2016’s For All Kings.

The band will play at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on November 15 and will join Slipknot at Knotfest Japan in Chiba on March 20, 2020.

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