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"Anthrax Day" Is Coming to the Bronx

The Bronx is revving up for the arrival of the Big Four convert at Yankee Stadium next week, with politicians even getting in on the act. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. has spoken of his pleasure at having the titans of thrash in his neighborhood and the benefits the borough will see from the historic concert.

"This mega concert, one of the most anticipated events in recent memory, will bring thousands of new visitors to the Bronx," Diaz said. "We're inviting concert goers to come early and count down to the start of the show at our great neighborhood restaurants and bars, and take in a little of what the Bronx has to offer."

Of course, having the concert in the Bronx is of special significance to Anthrax, with three of their members

—Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, and Rob Caggiano

—natives of the borough. To mark their return to their roots Diaz has taken the step of officially making Sepember 14, the day of the concert, "Anthrax Day in the Bronx."

"The Bronx may be known as the home of hip-hop and salsa, but make no mistake, our musical contributions are much more expansive," Diaz explained. "These heavy metal legends grew up right here in our borough, and I am proud to welcome Anthrax back to their Bronx home."

Understandably, local businesses are also looking to cash in on the furor behind the Big Four coming to town. Restaurants and bars around Yankee stadium will be offering fans special themed food and drinks, such as a "Metallica Martini," and a "Metal Mayhem Meatball."

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