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|Birth name||Joseph Bellardini|
October 13, 1960 |
Oswego, New York, US
|Genres||Thrash metal, heavy metal|
|Associated acts||Anthrax, Belladonna, Chief Big Way|
Joey Belladonna (born Joseph Bellardini, October 13, 1960, Oswego, New York) is an 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.
Belladonna is part Native American (from modern-day Canada) on his mother's side (who is Iroquois) and part Italian American. 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."
Belladonna returned to the band when the "classic" lineup reunited and toured during 2005 and 2006.
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.
Joey Belladonna possesses a tenor vocal range.
Belladonna / solo career
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 self-titled debut album, which was well received 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. Demo recordings of a third album, which was never professionally mastered, 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." 
Belladonna also plays drums and sings lead vocals in a cover band named Chief Big Way which features mainly classic rock hits from the 70s and 80s. The band, based around Syracuse, New York, plays small neighborhood bars.
|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.|
|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|
- Armed and Dangerous (1985)
- I'm the Man (1987) (includes live tracks)
- Penikufesin (1989) (only released in Europe, collection of State of Euphoria sessions)
- Attack of the Killer B's (1991) (promo release, includes live tracks)
- Fistful of Metal (1984) (only released in Japan)
- Attack of the Killer B's (1991) (collection of live, raraties and previously unreleased material)
- Moshers: 1986-1991 (1998) (import release)
- Return of the Killer A's (1999)
- Madhouse - The Very Best of Anthrax (2001)
- The Collection (2002)
- Universal Masters Collection (2002)
- Anthrology: No Hit Wonders (1985-1991) (2005)
- Sin-Atra (2011)
- US Speed Metal Attack (1986) (split video with Agent Steel and Overkill, recorded live in Germany)
- Oidivnikufesin (1987) (recorded live at Hammersmith Odeon)
- Through Time (P.O.V.) (1990)
- Live Noize (1991) (recorded live on the Persistence of Time tour)
- White Noise: The Videos (1994) (released only in Japan, complete collection of the Sound of White Noise music videos)
- Attack Of The Killer A's (1999) (includes live performances of the Persistence of Time tour)
- Rock Legends (2004)
- Anthrax Anthralogy: The DVD (2005) (includes live performances)
- Alive 2 (2005) (DVD version)
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