Drummer Charlie Benante Makes The Case for Why ANTHRAX Should Be Nominated For The Rock Hall Of Fame
The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame recently announced their list of nominees for the Class of 2020, which includes Judas Priest, Motorhead, Soundgarden, and Nine Inch Nails. Over the years, the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame has thus far only inducted Metallica from the Big Four of Thrash, still leaving out Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. Which seems crazy considering the massive impact all four of those bands have had on music over the years.
Now Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante in an interview with Trunk Nation made his case for why Anthrax should be in there (and I personally agree).
"It's funny, because every time I see, every year they have the nominees, and it's, like, I look on the list and I'm, like, 'Okay. Okay. Okay. What? What?'
"The reason why I think we should be nominated for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is because of the stamp that we made on rock and heavy metal music. If it wasn't for us, man, there'd be a lot of bands that wouldn't be around today. And I don't mean to sound, 'Oh, this guy's got a huge ego,' but we introduced a lot of people to rap music and to that whole style that became 'nu metal.' And we never really talk about it too much, but since you brought it up, it's, like, yeah. I think that's more important to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, because of what genre it created, and that genre created such another genre."
The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame also overlooks bands like Iron Maiden, so it's not like they're in a rush to induct the most important artists either.