John Bush Claims He’s Owed Some Of That Sweet, Sweet Anthrax Money
We’re pretty big John Bush supporters here — Bush’s albums with Anthrax are awesome, and it seems like he left that band for all the right reasons. Vince is a big Armored Saint fan. We’re even unsure if Joey Belladonna should sully his work.
So when we hear that John Bush ain’t getting paid, it bothers us. And according to a recent interview he did on Jamey Jasta’s podcast, Anthrax aren’t giving bush the cheddar he deserves in a timely and dignified fashion:
“I probably shouldn’t be saying this, but I’m saying it. I’m out there signing Anthrax records I made. I just wanna be paid for the records made and sold. I’m super proud of all the music I made in Anthrax, I just wanna be paid for it. I don’t even get statements. It was a pain in the butt.
“We’re going through it right now. We’re ironing it out. There’s a new accounting company, and they seem to be on the up and up now. I’ve been paid, I just haven’t been paid consistently and not updated. It’s all good. We’ll work it out — I hope. It’s been a little frustrating.”
It’s always a little suspect when a musician begins asking for money from a band that they haven’t been in for years. Seeing as it’s been five years since Bush declined to do Worship Music, you gotta wonder why he’s only airing his grievances, or realizing he has them, now.
HOWEVER, as implied in the opening paragraph of this post, if we had to take a side in this argument, we’d go with Bush. Once again, his reasons for leaving Anthrax were mature and intelligent, and given all the Dan Nelson drama (did he ever get his money?), I wouldn’t be surprised to discover that Anthrax and their people are not the most communicative and genuine of businessmen. And fuck, I still resent them for that album of dad rock covers.
Listen to the podcast below. We’ll let you know if any more Bush/Anthrax beef surfaces, but hopefully this gets resolved quickly and John gets his samolians.