John Bush says a solo tour celebrating his time with ANTHRAX is something he’s “talked about for a long time”
In a new talk with Rock On The Rise Radio, the former ANTHRAX and current ARMORED SAINT singer was asked whether he is still open to the idea of hitting the road for a tour that would see him perform material from his time as the frontman for ANTHRAX. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It’s something I’ve talked about for a long time. I haven’t really put it into motion.
“I’ve talked to my booking agent about it. He kind of comes in and out of being behind it with me. Because he goes, ‘Okay, let’s do it.’ And I’m, like, ‘Ehhh.’ And then I’ll come to him and go, ‘Well, what do you think? Do you think there’ll be interest?’ And he’s, like, ‘You wanna do it now?’ And I’m, like, ‘Well, I don’t know.’ And he’s, like, ‘Get outta here.’
“I like the idea of doing it,” he continued. “I don’t know if I’m ready to tackle going out for three to four weeks and doing a run because I just don’t know, quite honestly, what the interest would be. So I was kind of trying to do a handful of shows, maybe, in some different territories. But, unfortunately, when you do things like that, you sometimes can’t make money. Not that I need to make a lot of money, but you certainly don’t wanna lose money. So that was one of my ideas and that was where one of the conflicts came, and so we stopped talking about it again.
“Again, right now it’s on the backburner,” Bush added. “But it’s something I would like to do before I die. And I’m not getting any younger, ’cause we know that [ANTHRAX‘s first album with Bush] ‘Sound Of White Noise’ is 30 years [old in 2023], so everybody can do the math. The bottom line is I’m turning 60 this year, which is insane; I can’t even believe it. But still I feel like I’m still singing better than ever.
“But at the end of the day, tackling ‘Room For One More’, ‘What Doesn’t Die’ and ‘Reign Of Fire’ when you’re 70, that sounds pretty daunting; I’m not gonna lie. They’re demanding. It’s like you are a hockey player. It’s a real physical thing, and I think most metal singers can attest to that and relate. You’ve gotta take care of yourself and you’ve gotta be in shape, in vocal shape, and rest and all that crap.
“It might be one of those things where all of a sudden where it’s, like, ‘Oh, he’s doing that.’ Not to give people false hope, but maybe that would be the case. And it’s also about timing, really.”
Last Fall, John Bush sat down with The Metal Voice and discussed the chances of a tour that would see him performing material from his time as the singer of ANTHRAX, saying: “it would be great. I don’t really wanna go out and do like a 30-date tour with it, but it would be cool to do a handful of shows in some key markets. We can certainly play those songs for a support slot or even a headlining slot, let’s face it. I think there’s enough songs of the four records [I recorded with ANTHRAX] that would make for a great show.
“Who [would be] in the band, I’m not exactly sure. I talked to [former ANTHRAX guitarist] Paul Crook about it, ’cause I love Paul; he’s a great guy. He was actually there when I made a couple of those records, as far as engineered and played guitar on it. And I have done some stuff with the METAL ALLEGIANCE guys; we’ve done ‘Only’ and ‘Room For One More’ at various shows. Rock In Rio would be one, [which] we just played… I’m open to it. It’s just a matter of… the timing, I think. Really, that’s what it comes down to.”
Touching on the fact that ANTHRAX played the song “Only” live on their recent U.S. tour, with Joey Belladonna on vocals, Bush said: “I always support Joey singing those songs. I wish they would do more, to be honest… I have no qualms with that. I support that. And Joey, we’re not the best of friends, because we just aren’t. It’s funny, ’cause my wife and his wife have become pretty good text friends, so they’re closer than him and I.
“But I always endorse it and tell him he did a great job and support whatever he does. He has his own backlog of stuff, and he also has the new songs and the new records that he’s done. So I understand, and I’m not offended by it. But if they wanna play some songs from the John Bush-era albums, I’m great with that as well.”