Benante jailed for violence

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and his wife spent a night in jail following a violent incident in a hotel, reports say.

The pair were arrested at the Hilton Garden Inn in Elkhart, Indiana, on Friday night, charged with domestic battery in front of a child, reports WSBT.

They were released from Elkhart County Jail last night (Saturday) but no other details have been made available.

The musician, 49, has been forced to miss the current leg of his band’s US tour due to a hand injury. He’s been replaced by Jason Bittner of Shadows Fall.

Benante is the guiding light behind the thrash giants, having led them and played a senior songwriting role since they formed in 1981.

He is the uncle of Anthrax bassist Frank Bello, whose brother Anthony was murdered in 1996. Benante took time off in February to deal with the death of his mother.

He recently told Loudwire: “My mom was always, always, always so supportive. She always knew for me the happiest place was me sitting down and playing my drums. For me the best thing was about a month before we played Yankee Stadium. I was chatting with my mom there and it was one of the last shows she got to see, and she was just so happy about it and it was a great night. So it’s hard to put everything into words but it was just … that night, everything was just special.”

Classic Rock Magazine

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