Soundwave drummer “curse” claims another victim

Is Soundwave festival more dangerous for drummers than joining Spinal Tap?

Following news today that Six Feet Under drummer Kevin Talley was injured in “a dirtbike mishap”, forcing the cancellation of the band’s tour, yet another drummer has dropped out of the festival just days before it kicks off in Brisbane.

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante is the latest to fall victim to the “curse”. Benante has been behind the kit for Anthrax since 1983, but guitarist Scott Ian has confirmed via Twitter that he’ll miss the upcoming Australian tour as he is “dealing with personal issues right now and can’t leave the country”.

Anthrax has called on Jon Dette, who has previously played for Apocalypse, Evildead, Testament, Killing Machine and Slayer, to fill in for Benante at Soundwave.

Benante faced several personal issues in 2012 that forced him to miss several Anthrax concerts. His mother passed away early in the year and he then suffered a “minor hand injury” while on tour with the band on the Rockstar Mayhem Fest tour. In July Benante was arrested following a domestic dispute with his wife and he also missed the band’s UK and European tour late last year due to “personal stuff”.

The list of drummers set to miss the Soundwave tour now includes Six Feet Under’s Kevin Talley, Blink 182’s Travis Barker and The VandalsJosh Freese.

In addition to the last-minute lineup changes, Soundwave has also had to make additional amendments to the timetables as Cypress Hill had reportedly threatened to pull out if they were scheduled to perform early in the day.

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Soundwave 2013 dates:

Saturday, February 23 – RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane SOLD OUT

Sunday, February 24 – Olympic Park, Sydney SOLD OUT

Friday, March 1 – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne SOLD OUT

Saturday, March 2 – Bonython Park, Adelaide SOLD OUT

Monday, March 4 – Claremont Showground, Perth SOLD OUT