Rob Caggiano: My Heart Wasn't In Anthrax

Guitarist explains departure in new interview.

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Rob Caggiano has given an interview to ProSound Newtwork, explaining his reasons for leaving Anthrax, citing that he'd been increasingly unhappy in recent months:

"My heart simply wasn't in it anymore. I had a blast playing with those guys, and they will always be family to me. But outside of my guitar solos and production work, Anthrax was never a creative outlet for me.

"That wasn't by any choice of my own, by the way; it's just the way it is. But at the same time I was committed 100percent to the band. It's been a blast playing with those guys. I love them dearly and I wouldnt change a thing about the last 12 years.

"I guess it just got to the point where I started asking myself: 'What the hell am I doing? I'm a musician this is who I am. Being creative is simply food for my soul. Why am I devoting all of my time and energy into a band where being creative is impossible for me?'

"It simply stopped making sense a while ago. I ended up feeling very unhappy and unfulfilled. I knew I needed to make a major change."

Meanwhile, Caggiano has chosen to focus on his other great love, producing: "I'm producing the new Volbeat album and I'm extremely amped up about this one. It's the best thing that could have happened to me at the best possible time, and so far, I think it's my best work to date."

Asked if he's going to miss playing in Anthrax, the guitarist admits: "I already do but at the same time I'm very excited to see what the future has in store for me. Leaving Anthrax was an emotional decision, but it was also extremely liberating at the same time. I definitely feel like I made the right choice."

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    Can't blame him. As much as I love Anthrax, I can see how the years of uncertainty following We've Come For You All would have drained a member's enthusiasm...far less one who wasn't there from the beginning. I wish both him and Anthrax the best for the future.
    I thought he left because the rest of the band asked him to take off that FRIGGIN BEANIE HAT
    Plus I'm sure he got tired of playing the same set list. When they weren't headlining their set list literally never changed. It was always the big hits which I understand that you gotta play the hits for the fans but they never switched it up so that would get old not playing anything different.
    Indeed. I'm with you on the set list point of view. If I never witnessed Antisocial live again, I wouldn't miss it.
    I hadn't really cared about an Anthrax album since "Persistence of Time" but "Worship Music" is great. Anthrax has always been more about Scott Ian's riffs anyway, being a lead guitarist in that band must be a little boring.
    Second Rate
    "Worship Music" is definitely their best album in a long time. Agreed about Scott's riffing too. I mean no disrespect to Rob, he was a fine lead guitarist, but the bass and lead guitar positions in this band are pretty much throw away jobs. You could replace them with anyone and not miss a step.
    Agreed about lead guitar, but Frank Bello is one of metal's finest bassists and he adds HEAPS of personality to Anthrax. He's definitely not a throw away member!
    I wish Dan Spitz would come back
    Second Rate
    Agreed, but i don't think that's gonna happen.
    Yeah, Dan won't be back, he left for the very same reasons Rob did.
    Nah it was because he got tired of playing the guitar. But he wont come back to anthrax mainly because of Red Lamb, his current project.
    Seems like he's made the right decision, this scenario is no different to someone not enjoying their 9 to 5 job and looking for something else. Perhaps he's going to open up a Lids store. It will be interesting to see who replaces him full time. Regarding the Anthrax set lists, they are very fixed indeed, and to have such a vast back catalogue and still insist on playing two covers in each set is really annoying, especially at festivals with 8 song sets, Antisocial and Got the Time have to go.
    Definitely agree, they've got so many good songs but are ignored because they're not "fan favorites" I mean Blood, Belly of the Beast, In My World. Why are these awesome songs never played?
    I saw him play with Anthrax at the metal hammer awards last year and yeah he really did look like he couldn't give a shit. It was kinda sad as this was my first time seeing Anthrax play live.
    The new Volbeat album will probably be awesome!
    *Will be. Not probably. If you ever get the chance to see them live, DO IT. They were way better than I ever could have imagined.
    Vicryl 2.0
    so when he did worship music, that was his uncreative moment? i wish i was as uncreative as him so i could pull out those bad ass solos...
    it's always like that when you are a replacement instrumentist in a band. unless the band changes its musical direction to adapt you. sucks but the only logical thing to do is to leave and start your own band with your own music.
    I saw him play and yeah, he didn't run around a lot like Scott does, but he seemed pretty happy. Anyway, I'm happy for him and glad he's going to be doing something that makes him happy.
    Strange he went through all those years with them and now things are looking up for Anthrax he's left