Guitarist Scott Ian remembered the early days of Anthrax, telling Team Rock:
"If you really are serious about music, it has to become your one and only focus.
"And that means in front of family and friends and everything.
"I have only very fond memories of Anthrax's early days. I didn't have any money but that wasn't the point.
"The point was that we were trying to be in a band, working our asses off to turn our dream into a reality.
"It's all about sacrifice, as far as how you're willing to live and the accommodations and being able to eat decent food and to have someplace to sleep.
"You can't care about all that shit. You can't care about anything other than getting on stage, playing a show and being the best band you can be."