ANTHRAX bassist spoke to The Post-Journal about what it's like to be supporting SLAYER on that band's "final" world tour. "We have toured a lot with these guys and we are lucky and fortunate to be on this tour," he said. "Despite what it is called, I don't think this will be the end of the road for SLAYER. SLAYER is a way of life, not just a band."
Bello went on to say that he is "blessed to be able to make a living out of making music. I love the stage," he said. "I love the music. I love the fans. I am very grateful to be where I am today. I know how fortunate I truly am."
Frank previously told RadioactiveMike Z in a separate interview that the members of SLAYER have been talking about pulling the plug on their career "for a while. I know these guys pretty well; they're good friends of mine, specifically Kerry [King, guitar]," he said. "And they've been talking about that for quite a while. And I'm actually surprised that it came now, [and] I'm kind of bummed."
Bello added that he understands why SLAYER would want to retire from touring after spending so many years on the road.
"This touring stuff, it's pretty grueling," he said. "As much as people think it's like a dream [job], the best part about it is the show. The rest of it, the traveling… And, thankfully, we have buses and all this nice stuff. But being away from you family — we all have families — being away from your family, all that stuff comes into play. And the wear and tear — it's not as easy as it used to be, but I understand it."
ANTHRAX recently released "Kings Among Scotland", a live-in-concert DVD, via Megaforce.