Last month, there were rumblings that a few businesses on 161st Street in the Bronx were afraid of riots that might occur during Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax’s Yankee Stadium show. Now, though, it seems that the locals are singing a different tune. Not only is Bronx Borough President Rueben Diaz Jr. and the Bronx Tourism Council welcoming the Big 4 and fans, their also declaring September 14 “Anthrax Day” in honor of the band’s return to their hometown.
President Diaz had the following to say about “Anthrax Day In The Bronx”:
“The Bronx may be known as the home of hip-hop and salsa, but make no mistake, our musical contributions are much more expansive. These heavy metal legends grew up right here in our borough, and I am proud to welcome ANTHRAX back to their Bronx home.”
Leading up to the show, the Bronx Tourism Council is spearheading a Metal Heads Welcome promotion. Fans will be greeted in restaurants and bars around the Stadium with “Metallica Martinis” and “Metal Mayhem Meatball” specials in addition to heavy metal music blasting on their stereos.
Doris Quinones, executive director of the Bronx Tourism Council, had the following to say about their efforts to cater towards metal fans:
“Concerts at Yankee Stadium like the ‘Big Four’ and college football games later this year are providing an unprecedented opportunity for more foot traffic and increased business for area merchants. We’re delighted to be working with these great local businesses to attract visitors and to redefine what constitutes busy season at 161st Street.”
Everyone knows that we love Anthrax, but…does anyone else find it uncomfortable that the Bronx is promoting the day as “Anthrax Day”…three days after the 10th anniversary of 9/11? Putting aside the insensitive irony, it’s pretty cool that Anthrax is getting major recognition from the Bronx.
And in case you’re looking for other places to party the night before the show, remember to join us, Metal Sucks, Metal Injection, and Metal Army at our favorite bar Idle Hands for one hell of a pre-party!