In a brand new interview with the Miami New Times, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian was asked about a recent quote from METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich suggesting that more "Big Four" shows, featuring METALLICA along with SLAYER, ANTHRAX and MEGADETH, could happen in 2011 or 2012.
"I don't know, I just know what I read!" Ian answered. "Of course we're down, so I hope to keep repeating that publicly so that a bunch of people put out positive thought bullets and it finally happens."
When asked if ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna has rejoined the band for the longer term following the completion of the group's current tour, Ian replied, "I don't know. I think if I've learned anything is that I'm just gonna go with it. Joey's kicking ass, the shows in Europe were great, and that's about as far as I can go with answering that question. I don't know what's gonna happen next week."
Regarding whether Belladonna will show up for the "American Carnage" tour with MEGADETH and SLAYER — which kicks off September 24 in Dallas, Texas — Ian said, "What if the world explodes? I don't know. I'm only half-joking. I've been through so much crap in my years in this band, you just never know what's going to happen ever, ever! So why make a public statement about something where you really don't know if you're telling the truth or not when you answer the question?"
"I know I will be in Dallas for the first show," he continued, "but I can't really thruthfully say if anyone else will be. I mean, of course they will be, but then again, you never know, right? I can only answer for myself."