Dan Lilker Reacts To Frank Bello’s New Role In Satyricon After Replacing Him In Anthrax

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Frank Bello has recently signed on with Satyricon for their upcoming European tour, while Dan Lilker steps in to fill his shoes in Anthrax. In a recent conversation with Finland’s Chaoszine, Lilker discussed whether Bello’s summer plans would lead to more gigs with Anthrax:

“I think it’s just a temporary situation since Anthrax had no summer plans anyway. They weren’t scheduled for the Euro festivals or anything. So, during the summer, everyone in Anthrax would pursue their own projects. I believe Frank had planned this all along.”

He further commented:

“It’s amusing because I know Satyricon from the Norwegian scene. Scott mentioned that Frank might do something like this. I was a bit surprised, but Satyricon has evolved from their grim, dark roots to more of a dark rock and roll vibe. I think that’s cool, and Frank will be great. He’s a fantastic bass player.”

Bello’s Summer with Satyricon

Satyricon announced via Instagram that Bello would be joining them for several summer festivals. They shared a photo of Bello and detailed their schedule:

“There is smoke in the chimney at the Satyricon HQ every day. Next week we will fire up the engine again, starting at Sweden Rock and Mystic Festival. From there we go to Hellfest, Tons of Rock, ARTmania Festival, Grieghallen/Beyond the Gates (two nights in a row), Brutal Assault, Helsinki Metal Festival, Alcatraz Festival, Bloodstock Open Air, and finally Næstved Metal Fest.”

The post continued:

“In November, we come to Latin America. We look forward to seeing all Satyricon Ultras across the world again. If we’re not playing anywhere near you, maybe you will travel to see us; if not, we will meet later someday. This is going to be THE summer!”

The shows kick off on June 8 at the Mystic Festival in Poland.

Lilker’s Return to Anthrax After Four Decades

Earlier this year, Frank Bello stepped back from Anthrax for personal reasons. Dan Lilker, Anthrax’s original bassist, joined the band for their South American tour, starting on April 13 at MXMF The Metal Fest in Mexico City. Reflecting on his return after 40 years, Lilker said:

“I think it went pretty well. I had about five weeks’ notice to learn the setlist, and a few songs were already familiar to me. The crowd reactions were great, and the tour organization was very professional. It’s nice not to worry about logistics like baggage claim.”

He added:

“Overall, it was a positive experience. It was fun playing those songs again, and I think the fans enjoyed it too.”

Anthrax is also slated to perform at the Louder Than Life and Aftershock festivals this fall, followed by a UK and European tour in November.

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