Anthrax bassist Frank Bello was recently interviewed by HardRockCore Podcast this week to talk about celebrating 40 years as a band, his upcoming book named ‘Fathers, Brothers, and Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, and Anthrax’ and losing his brother at the age of 24.
You might know that Anthrax bassist Bello is working on his first-ever biographic book which was co-written by Joel McIver Gene Simmons for a while and the book will be released on October 12, 2021. The book will include stories about his life as a recording and touring musician as well as his tough childhood.
In his interview with HardRockCore, Bello was asked to talk about his upcoming memoir. Anthrax bassist stated that the idea of writing a book happened in the self-quarantine right after Joel called him up and said this might be the right time. He also shared the details of how he managed to get over the murder of his late brother named Anthony.
Here is what he said:
“What he’s great at doing is triggering a memory — he’ll just light the match, and all of a sudden, there’s a big flame. And he gets these stories out of me that maybe are in my head that I didn’t have — I didn’t remember a lot of them. And it would just carry on from there. He just kind of lit the fire, and then all these stories kept pouring out of me. It’s a great way to work because all you kind of need is that little piece of a story, and then the pieces start to come together. And it’s a lot of fun to do — relive this stuff — because it all came back.
And once I was in that zone, they started flowing, and there was a lot of great, fun stuff. And to relive it, it made me really reflect — in this reflection time, I think we all are; [because of] this COVID thing that’s going on — how fortunate I’ve been to be in the band and the success the band’s had and all that stuff. And it’s fun to tell the story.”
Bello continued saying:
“There’s been personal heartbreak in my life. You’ll read in the book. Unfortunately, my brother Anthony, at 23 years old, was murdered. And it was a really tough time in my life. I write about that. Going down to the murder scene. It was a very traumatic time in my life. Coming out of that, going back into the Anthrax world…
It goes back and forth — there’s a lot of great rock and roll stories… I’m a sarcastic fuck, as you can probably tell, and I write like that. So I kind of tell the fun stories in a sarcastic way, and the heartfelt stories in a passionate way, because my brother was everything to me, and family is everything to me.”
You can listen to the podcast below.