Anthrax has announced that it will not hold auditions for guitarist Rob Caggiano’s replacement.
Apparently Anthrax have been inundated with people asking about auditions and Anthrax released the following statement on their Facebook page…
“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. His contributions to the band have been enormous. While we are sad that he is leaving, we wish him nothing but great success going forward, and hope to share the stage with him again sometime down the road.”
Caggiano stated, “We accomplished so many great things together over the years and I shared some of the best times of my life with these guys. As a band, we also weathered quite a few storms along the way. It’s been a wild ride (to say the least) from Day One and I wouldn’t change one single thing about the last 12 years.
“This is an extremely difficult and emotional decision for me to make, but my heart is just steering me in a different direction right now. I’ve always been one to follow my heart in everything that I do and 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. Scott [Ian, guitar], Charlie [Benante, drums], Joey [Belladonna, vocals], Frankie[Bello, bass] (and [former ANTHRAX singer] John Bush) will always be part of my family and this decision doesn’t change the way I feel about that in the slightest. I would also like to say thanks to all the amazing fans I’ve met and hung out with worldwide over the years. You guys always were and always will be the reason why I make music!”
Former Anthrax guitarist Dan Spitz has been retweeting fan requests for him to rejoin the group. He also released the following statement on January 4, the day Rob announced his departure from Anthrax:
“Thank you ALL for your outpouring of LOVE today regarding my musical direction and the events that have transpired in the metal world. I feel so blessed to call all of you my family. I am truly touched down deep into my repaired heart. At a time when I needed LOVE so badly, HE delivered. As usual in HIS time.
“Please know my guitar, my soul and the art I’ve been given to give to all of you will prevail, and hopefully touch many on my road to help childrenin the autism community as well.
“Keeping up the fight. . . . Feel free to pray for my family as well.
“I love you all.”