Speaking to Germany’s Rock Hard magazine, Taylor said of the possibility that he will become the new ANTHRAX singer, “It’s been bandied about. I’m not saying anything right now because all it’s been is just talked about. Obviously, I’m really good friends with those guys. It kind of started as a joke. And then the more we talked about it, the more serious it got. I’m gonna at least help them out. It’s kind of a dream come true â€” ANTHRAX is one of my favorite bands. We’re just kind of taking baby steps right now. I know that we worked on about eight or nine songs together that I’ve written lyrics for, and there was a song that I had actually written for them that I was just gonna give them the music for, and once this kind of happened, I had to turn around and write lyrics for it myself. But there’s nothing definite right now. It’s one of those things where it’s like we’re just gonna kind of play it by ear and just see what happens. So there’s nothing definite. It’s something that we’re talking about â€” it’s something that we kind of wanna do. But I’m in two huge bands right now. So it’s like I barely get enough time to sleep, let alone do another band. . . I’m gonna be busy, period. I’m just kind of honored that they would even consider me. These are people that I grew up listening to, these are guys that I had the privilege of getting to know on a real basis. To have them look at me and go, ‘You know what? We would love to work with you,’ it’s such a huge compliment. It kind of makes me feel like I’ve come a long way in my life.”
I’m sorry it’s come to this, but Anthrax is officially the new Van Halen. Kick out the singer (Roth or Belladonna), get another one who sounds completely different but who had nominal success in their previous band (Hagar/Montrose or Bush/Armored Saint), kick him out and reunite with the original singer, remember that you don’t get along with him and replace him with someone who not only lacks credibility, but whose talent is questionable and whose original band is a joke (Cherone/Extreme or Taylor/Slipknot). The only piece that doesn’t map directly is that Hagar’s solo career vs. Bush’s lack of one.
If Taylor DOES end up touring or recording with them, I predict it won’t last more than a year before they’re back on the reunion bandwagon with Belladonna.
If you’re curious what it’d sound like, there’s a video of Taylor guesting on â€œBring the Noiseâ€ at a festival in 2003 here (for what it’s worth, anyway- you can barely hear him).