“We’re doing periodic shows. We’re doing bits and pieces. There’s no real touring, for us, till next year; there’s no [new] record till next year,” Bello said. “It makes sense. We’re doing [several of the Danny] Wimmer [Presents festivals] — all that stuff. And it’s all fun. And it’ll be nice to see people in general and get a little taste of it [as we come out of the pandemic]. We’re kind of dipping our toes in.”
When asked if ANTHRAX will be doing any fan meet-and-greets at the upcoming dates, Bello responded: “No. Not that I know of. I haven’t signed off to it. I’m not ready.
“I was just at this meeting the other day at some restaurant, and the dude comes out. I know it’s me; I know I’m anal retentive at this point. I’m f*cking freaking out on it. [He walks] right up [to me] with [his] hand [out]. It’s like a defense mechanism. I put out my elbow f*cking immediately. It’s like a karate thing all of sudden.
“Dude, I’m in Japan at this f*cking point,” he said, referencing the Japanese custom of bowing rather than hugging, kissing or shaking hands. “I’m bowing and sh*t. F*ck the rest of this garbage. No f*cking way. Most of these f*cking people have sweaty goddamn hands. No offense to people. It’s just too many germs touching your f*cking hand. We all learned now — we just f*cking learned this sh*t.
“No disrespect to anybody,” he added. “I don’t wanna offend anybody, ’cause you’ve gotta be careful — you can’t offend anybody now. I’ll [give you an elbow] bump anytime, but the shaking-hand thing — you can float me your boogers; you’ve got f*cking diseases. There’s no way. It’s done, dude. I want out. I’m out.
“I’m all for meeting people. I love meeting people and talking to people — I’m a people person. I’m not like that. I don’t wanna stay away from people; I wanna be around. But the whole idea of just that germ thing… Like, when I have a cold from now on, I’m gonna wear a f*cking mask. They do it in Japan, and it’s a great way to go. I don’t wanna spread my germs to anybody, so please, please do that.”