ANTHRAX battery charlie bena will miss “upcoming shows” on the band’s North American tour with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Y EXODUS to undergo an undisclosed operation. It will be temporarily replaced by derek roddywho have previously played with ETERNAL HATE, NILE, MALEVOLENT CREATION, DIVINE EMPIRE, COUNCIL OF THE FALLEN (where he also handled the guitar),TODAY IS THE DAY, TRAUMEDIA Y NORTHERN LIGHTS.
Today (Friday, January 20),ANTHRAX issued the following statement via social media: “Our man who sets the pace – charlie bena – He took a few days off the tour to undergo a minor procedure and won’t be at any future shows. Fear not, the formidable derek roddy is filling up while charlie it’s far away – and don’t worry, charlie we will be back soon. Meanwhile, metal is still heavy and the show must go on. See you there!”
Less than two years ago blessing talked to him “Drum for Song” podcast about how he was finally able to overcome his long battle with carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition of repetitive stress that occurs when a person makes repeated movements with the hand and wrist. He said, “I was in a lot of pain because I would go out and start playing the show, and then by the fifth song my hand would just go numb—I couldn’t feel the stick. I tried so many different things.” everything from acupuncture to physical therapy. He even had a can of air spray that when you flip it over gets really cold; he would do it to try to get the feeling back. I tried many things, but I didn’t know that at the end of the day I was going to have to have surgery. Patch cymbals referred me to a doctor that one of his other drummers went to and he was a great doctor. [He] He talked to me about the whole thing, and my recovery was quick and, to this day, it’s amazing.”
blessing He urged fellow drummers suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome to seek out a surgeon with experience and knowledge of the condition before undergoing the operation. “Make sure you find a good doctor, because I’ve seen drummers who have had [huge] scars,” he said. “And [on my arm] You can’t even see anything, where it entered. So you have to be careful.”
As of around 2012, blessing was forced to miss certain programs in ANTHRAXtours due to his battle with carpal tunnel syndrome. He was replaced at the concerts initially by jason bitner (EXCESS, SHADOWS FALL) and then by jon this (ASSASSIN, WILL).
a few years ago, charlie saying San Antonio Metal Music Examiner about his inability to make all the dates in ANTHRAX‘s tours: “Unfortunately, we are like athletes, and as athletes, they suffer from certain things. I suffer from carpal tunnel problems. But I try to do as much as I can when I can. So we still want to keep the band… No we want to let people down. That’s why we do it that way.”
Our pace man Charlie Benante has been away from the tour for a few days to undergo a minor procedure…
Posted by Anthrax on Friday, January 20, 2023