This past Friday night (October 8), Anthrax performed a new song called “Fight ‘Em ‘Till You Can’t” for the first time with Joey Belladonna during their show in Uniondale, NY. It was not, though, the first time the song has ever been played live, and former singer Dan Nelson wants to make damn sure everyone knows that.
In a slew of Twitter and Facebook postings, Dan Nelson (the singer who fronted Anthrax for a year before dramatically leaving, or kicked out depending on who you ask) attacked the band for performing and rearranging the song which he helped co-write. It all started when Scott Ian wrote on Twitter the morning after the show that the band performed “Fight ‘Em ‘Till You Can’t” for the first time. This lead Nelson to post the following message with a link to a YouTube clip of Nelson performing the song with Anthrax on May 28, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois:
“’Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t’ for the first time in the States, eh?? Wouldn’t that be at the Double Door in Chicago when we played the song WE ALL wrote together?? I guess Chicago is no longer in the States??”
Shortly after, Nelson tweeted another post with a link to a YouTube clip performing the song in the Netherlands and an accompanying message saying “The way it was meant to sound…METAL.” Oh but wait, Nelson doesn’t stop there! Earlier today, Nelson went even further and posted the following message on both social network sites:
“There really is no honor among THIEVES. Back to real life, with true family and friends who won’t STEAL or stab you in the back for MONEY!”
Ouch! You can’t really blame the guy for being angry about a band “kicking” you out and still using the songs you helped write. At the same time, though, Nelson certainly comes off a bit over dramatic, especially since it stemmed from Scott Ian’s poor choice of words. Then again, it wouldn’t be an Anthrax drama without a little crying and whining from both sides.
You can be the judge for yourself over which version of “Fight ‘Em ‘Till You Can’t” is better. Above is the new version with Joey Belladonna singing the song Friday night in Uniondale, NY, while below is Dan Nelson singing it in The Netherlands on June 30, 2009.