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Thursday, 10 June 2010

Frank Bello (Anthrax/Helmet)

Name: Frank Bello
Born: 9th July, 1965 (New York City, New York, USA)

Profile: He is an American bass guitar player for the well known thrash band "Anthrax", and the nephew of drummer Charlie Benante (Anthrax).

History: Bello started playing bass when he was 13, often jamming with his uncle, drummer Charlie Benante. His first bass was a 1972 Fender Jazz Bass. In 1984, after the first "Anthrax" album, 'Fistful Of Metal', Bello joined his uncle’s band, replacing original bassist Dan Lilker.

A series of classic punk/speed metal albums followed as "Anthrax" sonically pummeled everybody within earshot, quickly reaching the upper echelons of metal stardom. Unlike many of their contemporaries though, "Anthrax" had a sense of humor and willingness to experiment, as shown by their 1991 collaboration with rap’s "Public Enemy" on 'Bring The Noise'.

Originally Bello was a guitar technician for the band, but later he replaced Dan Lilker on the 'Spreading the Disease' album. After leaving "Anthrax" in early 2004 Bello joined "Helmet" - another NYC-based band, for a brief stint.

Bello has since reunited with "Anthrax" and in 2009, he was the featured guest on VH1 Classic's That Metal Show. The rest of the band was part of an interview segment while at the Red Bull Snowscrapers event on February, 2009 at East River Park in New York City.

Influences: Geddy Lee (Rush), Steve Harris (Iron Maiden), Tom Petersson (Cheap Trick), Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, Geezer Butler, Black Sabbath, Priest and KISS

Axology: Fender P-Bass, Fender Jazz Bass and Squier Jazz bass

Signature song(s): Madhouse - Anthrax (Spreading the Disease, 1985) and I Am the Law - Anthrax (Among the Living, 1987)

Link(s): (Anthrax's official website)

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