Rob Caggiano Quits Anthrax

Rob Caggiano has quit Anthrax after 12 years as lead guitarist and producer, it's been confirmed.

Rob Caggiano Quits Anthrax
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Rob Caggiano has quit Anthrax after 12 years as lead guitarist and producer, it's been confirmed. The lead guitarist says he's made the "emotional decision" because he feels it's the right thing to do. He wants to concentrate on his production work at first, but aims to return to the stage as a performer as soon as he can. He leaves the thrash giants just after they celebrated the end of a difficult four-year period that brought them close to collapse, but resulted in a Grammy nomination for the Caggianio-produced track "I'm Alive", from acclaimed album "Worship Music". He says in a statement: "I'm extremely proud of my time in Anthrax. We accomplished so many great things together. We also weathered quite a few storms along the way. "It's been a wild ride to say the least and I wouldn't change one single thing about the last 12 years." Caggiano says the move was ruled by his heart. "This is an extremely difficult and emotional decision, but my heart is just steering me in a different direction right now," he explains. "While this might be one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, it feels like the right one for me at this time." He says his first role as a former member of Anthrax will be as a producer. "Over the years, I've been blessed with the privilege of working with a wide range of great bands from Anthrax and Cradle Of Filth all the way to Bruce Springsteen," he reflects. "I look forward to a hopeful continuation of that side of my career while I figure out my next move as an artist. "In case anyone was wondering after reading all of this, I do fully intend to get back out there on the road very soon in some way shape or form. It's in my blood." Remaining band members Joey Belladonna, Charlie Benante, Scott Ian and Frank Bello confirm they've been considering a number of replacement options as they gear up for a US tour with Exodus, High On Fire, Municipal Waste and Holy Grail. They've promised an announcement in the near future. They report: "Rob has been an integral part of Anthrax for so many years, as our lead guitarist, in a production capacity, but most of all as our close friend. "While we are sad that he is leaving, we wish nothing but great success." In 2011 Scott Ian was temporarily replaced by Sepultura's Andreas Kisser. Former Anthrax guitarist Dan Spitz, who left the band in 1995 but returned for two years in 2005, has been asked by fans whether he'd rejoin. While making no comment he's retweeted some of their queries. Thanks for the report to ClassicRockMagazine.com.

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    Sundben
    I'm hoping for Dan Spitz to return. That would be awesome! Dem TMNT-guitars.
    N-D
    All the best to you on your way, Rob! Listen to your heart...
    TheMetalcoreGuy
    This sucks, Rob was such an inspiration to me. I can't wait to see what he does next though, I'll definitely be looking forward to it!
    Sven123
    Cool guitars, cool hat, loved his on-stage presence, I'm going to miss him
    Dylan_Guitar93
    Wonder what that would mean for The Damned Things (being that Scott Ian is also amoungst that lin-up)
    captain_blood
    I met Keith Buckley a couple weeks ago and I asked him about The Damned Things. He said they were going to be working on something soon.
    petruzh
    Really hoping for Dan Spitz to join them again, he has always been ''the one and only'' lead guitarist of Anthrax to me.. Rob did a great job though!
    Irwin Navarro
    Get Glen Drover \m/ ( ex Megadeth)
    Camron62\m/
    ehhhh..... he's hella good, but i don't think he'll play their older stuff correctly, 100%. he tended to do that, just watch Live in Buenos Aires. he's a brilliant guitarist, i'll give him that, but idk.
    Chronologo
    Rob made a good job with Anthrax, I hope that Spitz comes back now that there's a chance
    llBlackenedll
    By the time doing anthrax has become a regular enough occurrence for one to quit, it's already too late.
    Abacus11
    "...as they gear up for a US tour with Exodus, High On Fire, Municipal Waste and Holy Grail." Damn, that's a hell of a tour! I'm not a huge Anthrax fan but I'd see that tour just for the supporting bands with Anthrax as a bonus.
    asherman77
    Oh well, I dont see why anyone would listen to Anthrax anyway. I think they are terrible.
    xicetraex
    Oh well, I don't see why anyone would listen to the bands that you like. I think they are terrible.
    MetalMovieNerd
    This was disappointing. We've Come For You All and Worship Music were great albums and he is the closest thing to Dan Spitz as we'll get. As much as it would be great if Dan Spitz came back I think the band might try and get someone else for the time being. By the way, Good Luck Rob in whatever you work on in the future.
    milliorn
    I call b.s. watch by the end of the year with him and Temple of the Black Moon.
    mattyb2393
    It's really damn weird that I walked into him today after work in NY and then I see this
    HollowPoint423
    I met Rob during the Fortarock Festival and to be honest, the entire group seemed to be out of it. They seemed distant while waiting backstage to perform. Scott was mellow as usual, but I could tell that something wasn't clicking.
    Vicryl 2.0
    AND ON THE DAY OF THE DATE, THE MIGHTY AXEMAN WILL RISE WITH HIS WEAPON BLASTING THUNDERS AND LIGHTNING RIFFS and a teenage mutant ninja turtles printed on it. THOUGH SHORT IN SIZE, THE SOUND OF THE GOD IS COLOSSAL
    GMPX
    It won't be Dan Spitz, he's in to he's watches too much. It's a shame for Anthrax, Worship is a fantastic album, hopefully they'll find someone who'll stick with them for a while.
    Braykah
    This is so sad to hear, Rob is a terrific guitarist and a an amazingly cool guy. I'd have loved to see him stay with Anthrax for some time ahead, but if he feels that this is the right thing to do, I wish him the best of luck. Hopefully the rest of the guys can find a new guitarist who matches the talent that Dan and Rob had.
    sickassfoo
    really? i thought they said that anthrax was going to remain in that line up forever
    Reddaz
    Well SOD carried on when Dan Liker left Anthrax so there shouldn't be a problem. I just hope Rob carries on producing Anthrax's albums because they sound awesome!