Charlie Benante

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Charlie Benante
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Drummer - Heavy metal

Bands: Anthrax, Stormtroopers of Death

Drumsticks: Vic Firth

Charles Lee "Charlie" Benante (born (1962-11-27) November 27, 1962 (age 56) in The Bronx, NYC) is an American musician best known as the drummer (and studio-only guitarist) for the heavy metal bands Anthrax and Stormtroopers of Death (S.O.D.).

Biography

Benante joined Anthrax in 1983, prior to the recording of the band's debut album Fistful of Metal, and has been the band's drummer to the present day. He is known for having a very fast double kick technique and has been credited as one of the pioneers of double-bass, as well as with popularizing the blast beat technique with thrash metal.

He is also an accomplished guitarist, contributing lead guitar to S.O.D.'s Speak English or Die album, as well as the majority of the music for Anthrax. Along with his musician duties, Benante is also a graphic artist and has created many of Anthrax's album cover and t-shirt designs.

Personal Life

Benante is the uncle of Anthrax bassist Frank Bello, whose mother is Benante's older sister. His other nephew, Frank's younger brother, Anthony, was murdered in the Bronx, NYC, on March 25, 1996. To the grief of Benante, the murder was never solved.

Benante has stated in most of the old Anthrax interviews and videos that his favorite fictional character is Darth Vader.

Throughout the course of 2012, Charlie Benante faced several personal issues that forced him to miss several concerts with Anthrax. Early on in the year his mother died, which also resulted in Frank Bello (Charlie's mother being Bello's grandmother) taking some time off during the band's tour in Argentina. Benante stepped out again during the summer’s Rockstar Mayhem Fest run after suffering a "minor hand injury". Also during the summer, Benante was involved in a domestic dispute with his wife in front of his daughter which had them both arrested. Benante later missed the band's UK and European tour in order to take care of "personal stuff" according to Scott Ian. In 2013 it was announced that Benante would be sitting out Australian tour dates, also for personal reasons. Concern was raised in 2012 by Metalsucks over Benante's well-being and future with the band.

Equipment

Benante uses and endorses Tama drums and hardware, Paiste cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, Evans drumheads, and ddrum electronics.

Prior to switching to Tama's Speed Cobra pedals in 2010, Benante was one of the few drummers who used Tama's HP35 Camco chain-drive pedals, equipment he had used since 1984.

Charlie Benante Drumstick Collection

Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 27.

(1988) - 1641 Charlie Benante - unused, Vic Firth Signature model drumstick, State of Euphoria Tour.
(1988) - 1988 Charlie Benante - used, Vic Firth Signature model drumstick, State of Euphoria Tour.
(1991) - 0240 Charlie Benante - used, Vic Firth Signature model Charlie's Stick Anthrax tour issue drumstick, 1991 Clash of Titans, skull logo.
(1991) - 0343 Charlie Benante - new, Vic Firth Signature model Charlie's Stick Anthrax tour issue drumstick, 1991 Clash of Titans, skull logo.
(1993) - 1744 Charlie Benante - unused, Vic Firth Signature model drumstick, Sound of White Noise Tour, 08/06/1993 Sound of White Noise Tour, Auditorium de Verdun, Montreal, QC, Canada .
(1994) - 1642 Charlie Benante - unused, Vic Firth Signature model drumstick, Sound of White Noise Tour.
(1996) - 0483-0484 Charlie Benante - Vic Firth Signature model Charlie's Stick Anthrax tour issue drumsticks, from Charlie straight from his road case, 07/27/1996 Murat Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN (The Misfits Resurrection Tour '96).
(1996) - 1990 Charlie Benante - Vic Firth Signature model Charlie's Stick Anthrax tour issue drumstick.
(2000) 0445-0446 - Charlie Benante - unused Vic Firth Signature model, Anthrax drumsticks.
(2000) 1986-1987 - Charlie Benante - used, wrapped Vic Firth Signature model, Anthrax drumsticks.
0172 Charlie Benante - autographed Vic Firth Signature model Anthrax drumstick.
(2008) - 0073 Charlie Benante - Vic Firth Signature model Anthrax stick from 5/31/08 Anthrax, Iron Maiden concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, CA
1991 Charlie Benante - TG15 signature model Vic Firth drumstick.
(2013) - 0026-0027 Charlie Benante - autographed, signature model Vic Firth drumsticks purchased on CharlieBenante.com.
(2014) - 0489-0490 Charlie Benante - used, autographed, signature model Vic Firth drumsticks purchased on CharlieBenante.com.
(2014) - 0491-0492 Charlie Benante - used, autographed, signature model Vic Firth drumsticks purchased on CharlieBenante.com.
2692 Charlie Benante - used, signature model Vic Firth drumstick, red grip.
0297 John Tempesta, Mike Portnoy, Charlie Benante - generic drumstick, autographed 1/27/2013 NAMM Show.