ANTHRAX’s FRANK BELLO: I’m ‘Done’ Shaking Hands With People

Frank Bello

During a recent appearance on MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn‘s “No F*ckin’ Regrets With Robb Flynn” podcast, ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello discussed his band’s touring plans for the coming months.

“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 DannyWimmer [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.”