July 22, 2009 10:14

Anthrax to play Sonisphere despite singer leaving band

Plus an ABBA tribute band joins the bill

Anthrax to play Sonisphere despite singer leaving band
Anthrax are set to reunite with former vocalist John Bush for a one-off performance at this year's Sonisphere Festival (August 1-2).

The band will appear on August 1 at Knebworth House. There had been some doubt about Anthrax's appearance after it was announced recent singer Dan Nelson was leaving the band due to an "unexpected illness".

However despite cancelling some US and European shows, the band have confirmed their appearance with their old singer.

Anthrax is thrilled to announce that they will play the August 1 Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth, England, with their good friend John Bush joining them for a very special one-off performance," the group explained in a statement.

They added: "The members of Anthrax have confirmed the departure of vocalist Dan Nelson. In light of this development, Anthrax's slot on the US Slipknot dates set for August and September, has also been cancelled. Anthrax is already actively considering lead singer candidates, and looks forward to hitting the road before the end of the year."

Meanwhile the festival has unexpectedly confirmed that ABBA tribute band Bjorn Again have joined the line-up.

The Sonisphere line-up is:

Airbourne
Alice In Chains
Anthrax
Attack! Attack!
Avenged Sevenfold
Bjorn Again
Blackhole
Blakfish
Bullet For My Valentine
Cancer Bats
Corey Taylor Acoustic Set
The Crave
Dear Superstar
The Defiled
Dinosaur Pile-Up
Dirty Little Rabbits
Exit Ten
Failsafe
Feeder
Fighting With Wire
Fin
Flood Of Red
Heaven's Basement
Lauren Harris
Killing Joke
Lamb Of God
Limp Bizkit
Linkin Park
Machine Head
Mastodon
Metallica
Nine Inch Nails
Oceansize
Rise To Remain
Rolo Tomassi
Skindred
Sylosis
Taking Back Sunday
Telegraphs
The Chapman Family
Thin Lizzy
Thunder
Twin Atlantic
Young Guns


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