Joey Belladonna

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Joey Belladonna
Anthrax, Joey Belladonna at Wacken Open Air 2013.jpg
Background information
Birth name Joseph Bellardini
Born (1960-10-13) October 13, 1960 (age 53)
Oswego, New York, US
Genres Thrash metal, heavy metal
Occupations Musician, singer
Instruments vocals, drums, turntables
Years active 1984–present
Associated acts Anthrax, Belladonna, Chief Big Way

Joey Belladonna (born Joseph Bellardini, October 13, 1960, Oswego, New York) is an Italian-American thrash metal musician, best known as the vocalist for the thrash metal band Anthrax. He is also the vocalist and drummer of the cover band Chief Big Way.

Early life[edit]

Belladonna is part Native American (from modern-day Canada) on his mother's side (who is Iroquois)[1] and part Italian American.[2] In his youth, he looked up to bands such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Kansas and Rush, bands that Belladonna said created "stuff that was very intricate but yet catchy and hooky you know, with great vocals."[3]

Career[edit]

Anthrax[edit]

Joey Belladonna was the lead singer of Anthrax from 1984 to 1992, and was considered part of the classic-lineup (also featuring Dan Spitz, Scott Ian, Frank Bello and Charlie Benante).

Belladonna returned to the band when the "classic" lineup reunited and toured during 2005 and 2006.[4]

His voice has been featured on 5 studio albums and several EPs that have sold a total of 8 million copies worldwide. During Belladonna's first tenure with Anthrax, the band was nominated for three Grammys, and he was voted the Number 1 metal singer two years in a row in Metal Forces Magazine.

In early 2010, Belladonna officially rejoined Anthrax in time for the "Big Four" shows at the Sonisphere festival. Following these and other shows, Belladonna returned to the studio with the band to record new vocals for their long awaited album Worship Music.[5]

Joey Belladonna possesses a tenor vocal range.[6]

Belladonna / solo career[edit]

After his departure from Anthrax in 1992, Joey Belladonna continued to make music in a band called Belladonna, which can be considered more of a solo project than a band as he has been the only constant member.

In the mid 90s Belladonna released its debut album (a self-titled) which was received well by both critics and fans alike. The second album, Spells of Fear, was released in 1998 and was heavily criticized for bad production and poor musicianship. The third album (or rather the demo recordings of the third album that was never professionally recorded), was self-released by the band in 2003. It was a return to better songwriting and musicianship and like the debut album it was well received by the fans.

When asked whether he plans to release any more solo material in the future despite having re-joined Anthrax as a full-time member, Belladonna responded with:

"Yeah definitely. I’m working on some stuff and I have almost a full record worth of material sitting right here which is very well demoed up but it is still far from done in its own way. I just keep running out of time whether someone’s schedule is messed up or whatever it is happening at the time and it’s unfortunate. Now of course Anthrax is back on the go so I just don’t have the time to sit for hours with the material but there is definitely some cool metal here. By the time I get to do these songs I’ll probably have a fresh batch of ideas and songs to put on top of those. (...) I’d like to put another record out some day, put something out that I can again call my own as I have some great ideas."

[7]

Discography[edit]

Belladonna solo[edit]

Title Date of release Label Notes
Belladonna 1995 Mausoleum Backing musicians include Darin Scott on guitar, John Hamilton on bass, and Scott Schroeter on drums. Joe Andrews was credited on bass guitar, but did not play on the recording.
Spells of Fear 1998 USG Records Backing musicians include Peter Scheithauer on guitar, Fleisch on bass guitar, and Stet Howland on drums.
03 2003 independent Includes co-writer Matt Zuber on lead, rhythm and bass guitars and Joey Belladonna on drums.
Artifacts I 2004 independent Backing musicians include Paul Crook (guitar), Paul Mocci (bass) and Jeff Tortora (drums). The tracks are demo versions for Belladonna album recorded in 1995. Some songs are previously unreleased.

Anthrax[edit]

Title Date of release Label Chart positions US sales
Spreading the Disease October 1985 Island 113
Among the Living March 22, 1987 62 Gold
State of Euphoria September 18, 1988 30 Gold
Persistence of Time August 21, 1990 24 Gold
Worship Music September 12, 2011 Megaforce 12
Anthems March 19, 2013 Megaforce, Nuclear Blast 52

EPs[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

VHS/DVDs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joey Belladonna: We have something special going". PapaTomski Blog. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  2. ^ "Friday 13th Metal". Friday 13th Metal. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  3. ^ "ON THE SPOT – Anthrax: Joey Belladonna Interview". 
  4. ^ Modern Guitars[dead link]
  5. ^ "Blabbermouth". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  6. ^ "A case of Anthrax". www.thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  7. ^ http://espyrock.com/interviews/interview-anthraxs-joey-belladonna-im-a-great-choice-to-have-as-a-last-resort