by Martin Popoff

S.O.D./Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has seen the world change twice 'cos of all this, first being September 11th, second being the anthrax scare. Anthrax's site has exploded in hits (no surprise: the address is, and the boys have thought about changing the name of the band, at this point, so far, reversing their decision. But life goes on, however surreal it might have become.

Plans to have recorded a live album by now on October 3rd in Chicago on the now-delayed Priest tour have been altered, but there's still work on the next Anthrax studio album, scheduled for a release on Beyond "sometime next year." As well, there's the matter of the recently released S.O.D. DVD, out now through Megaforce.

Benante delivers the goods. "This DVD is the Live At Budokan video that we released 10 or 11 years ago and it was out of print for a while, so we decided to put it out on DVD, which is really exploding now. And we included some bonus footage to make it special. It's pretty much the whole live show that we did at The Ritz in New York, like I said, about 10 or 11 years ago, a pretty intense show."

"Honestly, I had forgot a lot about it and then I watched the DVD and went 'man, I forgot about that!" Billy was high, high above the PA cabinet, like above the audience for the first song. He was singing up there, and then he jumps into the crowd, and when he jumps in, he just hits and you can see him just go boom, where he sinks in. And he's trying to sing and get out of the crowd, and I guess this one kid keeps tugging at his microphone, trying to take it and finally Billy... you see and hear him hitting him on the head with the microphone. I was like, 'oh my God, I forgot about that (laughs).'"