ANTHRAX’s FRANK BELLO: Why Now Was The Right Time For Me To Write My Memoir

Written by on July 11, 2021

During an appearance on the “HardRockCore” podcastANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello discussed his upcoming memoir, “Fathers, Brothers, And Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, And Anthrax”, which is due on October 12 via Rare Bird. The foreword was written by KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons.

“My co-writer, Joel McIver, you’ve probably heard of him,” he said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “He’s done, I think, 32 books at this point. He’s an incredible writer. I’ve been a friend of his for a long time. We’ve been talking this for years — about doing this. And it just wasn’t the right time. It just happened when all this COVID started, Joel hit me up and he said, ‘This might be the right time.’ And I started thinking about it, and I said, ‘You might be right.’ While there was downtime and I could get my thoughts together and make it work where Joel can… What he’s great at doing is triggering a memory — he’ll just light the match, and all of a sudden, there’s a big flame. And he gets these stories out of me that maybe are in my head that I didn’t have — I didn’t remember a lot of them. And it would just carry on from there. He just kind of lit the fire, and then all these stories kept pouring out of me. It’s a great way to work because all you kind of need is that little piece of a story, and then the pieces start to come together. And it’s a lot of fun to do — relive this stuff — because it all came back. And once I was in that zone, they started flowing, and there was a lot of great, fun stuff. And to relive it, it made me really reflect — in this reflection time, I think we all are; [because of] this COVID thing that’s going on — how fortunate I’ve been to be in the band and the success the band’s had and all that stuff. And it’s fun to tell the story.”

Frank continued: “There’s been personal heartbreak in my life. You’ll read in the book. Unfortunately, my brother Anthony, at 23 years old, was murdered. And it was a really tough time in my life. I write about that. Going down to the murder scene. It was a very traumatic time in my life. Coming out of that, going back into the ANTHRAX world… It goes back and forth — there’s a lot of great rock and roll stories… I’m a sarcastic fuck, as you can probably tell, and I write like that. So I kind of tell the fun stories in a sarcastic way, and the heartfelt stories in a passionate way, because my brother was everything to me, and family is everything to me. So there’s ups and downs in the book, but this is my story of my life. I don’t think a lot of people know a lot of these stories. I’ve never shared these [with anyone], other than people in my family, some of them. And there’s even stuff in there that my family didn’t know that I’m pretty sure they’re gonna be shocked at.”

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