Bringing The Noize To Offenbach
Stadthalle Offenbach, Germany, Jan. 15, 1992
Waldgeister Musik
1. Intro (Blues Brothers)
2. Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)
3. Got The Time (Joe Jackson cover)
4. A.I.R.
5. Parasite (Kiss cover)
6. Keep It In The Family
7. Caught In A Mosh
8. Indians (1st Attempt)
9. Indians (2nd Attempt)
10. Antisocial (Trust cover)
11. Bring The Noize [sic] + unlisted
"Too Much Posse" intro (w/ Public Enemy)

Recorded live on tour with Public Enemy. Excellent sound quality, but absolutely terrible song selection in my opinion and severely lacking in older classics. Joey mentions that they haven't been back in Germany for 7 years even though they played in 1988. It sounds like some sort of security or crowd issue occurs during the show in the middle of track 8, as Scott Ian tells the crowd that the security have left, and Joey keeps telling the crowd how crazy they are. They restart "Indians" after this.

Show is also referred to as "NOT on Stage" on the back insert. CD itself is printed with fake band/album info (The Electric Warriors "The Stage Is Already Made"), presumably to avoid bootleg detection at the pressing plant. Front cover is one-panel, one-sided insert.

Cry Of Desperation
Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX, Jan. 8, 1989
Taurus Records Tau 107
1. Be All, End All
2. Madhouse
3. Metal Thrashing Mad
4. Indians
5. Antisocial (Trust cover)
6. Finale [sic]
7. Charlie Benante's Drum Solo
8. Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)
9. I'm The Man
10. Caught In A Mosh

No recording information is given beyond the Dallas location and the year. Anthrax did play Dallas again later that year with Exodus and Helloween on Apr. 14. Joey mentions Dallas in the stage banter, but there's nothing that identifies the date, so technically it could be the other show. The Jan. 8 show was as an opening act for Ozzy and I believe that's where the bootleg audio is from. First of all, you can tell from the sound of the audience that the crowd is huge. Second, it just makes more sense for the source--it's much more likely an Ozzy arena concert in a major US city would have been taped for radio broadcast. As always, if anyone has any further information either way, please let me know.

Track 1 fades out during the end solo, and track 2 fades in. There is also a fade-out/fade-in between tracks 6 and 7. There is an edit between tracks 4 and 5. The song order has possibly been rearranged and the show may be incomplete; the bootleg fades out on Joey asking for the venue lights to be turned on so he can see the crowd, and it sounds like some of the earlier tracks in the bootleg were encores.

The intro for the drum solo is the Twilight Zone theme.

Going Underground
Tracks 1-6 - live Monsters of Rock festival,
Schweinfurt, Germany, Aug. 27, 1988
Tracks 7-11 - studio recordings w/ Neil Turbin (possibly 1983 demo II)
Tracks 12-16 - live Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK, Nov. 16, 1987
Metal Memory MM 90039
1. N.F.L.
2. Madhouse
3. Anti-Social (Trust cover)
4. Medusa
5. A.I.R.
6. I'm The Man
7. Soldiers of Metal
8. Panic
9. Hellfire
10. Anthrax
11. Across The River/Howling Furies
12. Among The Living
13. Caught In A Mosh
14. Metal Thrashing Mad
15. I Am The Law
16. Madhouse

Excellent mix of material. The 3 seperate live and studio parts fade directly into one another. No recording information is given on the bootleg itself, though stage banter does reveal the locations of the live portions. Video footage exists of the Schweinfurt show. During the Trust cover Joey says that the "State of Euphoria" album will be released soon, so that would fit with the time frame.

Since the tracklist matches, it's a good bet the Turbin-era demo tracks are the second official 1983 demo with Greg D'Angelo on drums. (If so, I seem to recall that one or both songs from the "Soldiers of Metal" 7" on Megaforce were just remixed versions of these demo tracks, but I'm not positive).

The Hammersmith material is about the first half of the official "N.F.V./Oidivnikufesin" video, which it was likely sourced from.

The "Live USA" boot CD on Imtrat appears to have the exact same material on it except for the '87 version of "Madhouse."

Indians (Digipak)
Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, Irvine, CA, Oct. 19, 1991
Pluto Records PLR CD 9303
Given tracklisting: Correct tracklisting:
1. N.F.L. 1. N.F.L./Got The Time (Joe Jackson cover)
2. Indians 2. Indians
3. Keep It In The... [sic] 3. Keep It In The Family
4. A.I.R. 4. A.I.R.
5. Antisocial 5. Antisocial (Trust cover)
6. Parasite 6. Parasite (Kiss cover)
7. Caught In A Mosh 7. Caught In A Mosh
8. I'm The Man 8. I'm The Man
9. Too Much Posse 9. Too Much Posse (w/ Public Enemy)
10. Bring The Noise 10. Bring The Noise (w/ Public Enemy)

No recording/date information is provided anywhere, but Irvine and California are mentioned in the stage banter. This is from a show with Public Enemy/Primus/Young Black Teenagers that was filmed and released as the "Live Noize" video/DVD. Many of these tracks were also officially released on the 1991 part of the "Live: The Island Years" album (if the bootleg's 1993 copyright date is correct, it was actually released prior to the live album, though). Sound quality is excellent and the boot may have been sourced from the video. Since some songs on the official live album have more stage banter, there were obviously some edits and track order rearrangements, but none of the edits are obvious.

Bootleg comes in a simple digipak. The disc itself has the title "Terrifyingly Goofy." The great emphasis put on Public Enemy in the packaging is strange considering they only appear on the last two tracks--the cover makes it look as if it's a split-CD, and there are as many pictures of Flava Flav in the packaging as of Anthrax (in fact, the I found this in an online shop's rap section, only coming across it since I did a search for "Anthrax!").

Ice-T is actually on stage for "Bring the Noise" as well (you can hear him clearly yelling "Public Enemy!" in the call-and-response part after "Bring the Noise").

There's at least one other bootleg with this same content--I don't remember the title, but the cover had one of those "Unlicensed recording" notices across the front.

Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK, Feb. 15, 1987
Golden Stars GSCD 1073
Given tracklisting: Correct tracklisting:
1. A. I. R. 1. I Can't Turn You Loose (Blues Brothers Intro)/
2. Metal Thrashing Mad 2. A.I.R. (cont.)
3. Panic 3. Metal Thrashing Mad/Panic
4. The Enemy 4. The Enemy
5. I'm The Law 5. I Am The Law
6. Madhouse 6. Madhouse
7. S.S.C. Stand Or Fall 7. Guitar Solo/Across The River
8. Howling Furier 8. Howling Furies
9. Medusa 9. Medusa
10. Armed & Dangerous 10. Armed And Dangerous
11. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath 11. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Black Sabbath cover)
12. God Save The Queen 12. God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols cover)
13. Gung Ho 13. Gung-Ho
14. Soldiers Of Metal 14. Soldiers Of Metal

Only the year is given on the bootleg, not the exact date. Crimson Glory and Metal Church opened at this show.

This show is also on the "Axe the Odeon Down" silver-CD (I haven't heard it, but it appears to have a shorter running time and fewer tracks). The show is also on a double-LP called "The Monster Mosh." I haven't heard that either, so I can't say that the content is exactly the same, but there are some major tracklisting discrepencies between it and the "Madhouse" CD. For example, the double-LP lists tracks such as "Indians" and "Living After Midnight," but does not list the Sex Pistols cover. Based on the lack of edits I hear in this boot, I'd say that those extra tracks are probably just listed in error.

Also be aware that there is an unrelated bootleg double LP called "Madhouse," which contains different live material from '86-'87 and some Turbin-era demo tracks. There are CD-Rs floating around sourced from the double-LP which are also called "Madhouse"--these should not be confused with the original CD.

There's a jump at the end of "The Enemy" to the stage banter introducing "I Am the Law." This appears to be the only editing done.

The band does not play/sing the first verse or so of "Armed and Dangerous."

Probably the worst sound quality of any of the Anthrax bootlegs here; the sound is a bit distant and muddy. The song selection really makes up for it though, with only one post-"Spreading..." song (and as it's a certain homage to Mr. Judge Dredd, it's the best possible choice they could have made!).

Nice Fuckin' Live
Élysée Montmartre, Paris, France, Dec. 2, 1993 (?)
Metal Mania Metal 113 CD
1. Potters Field
2. Only
3. Caught In A Mosh
4. Got The Time (Joe Jackson cover)
5. Room For One More
6. A.I.R.
7. Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)
8. Keep It In The Family
9. Invisible
10. Hyproglo [sic]
11. In My World
12. Antisocial (Trust cover)
13. Bring The Noise
14. I'm The Law [sic]

Bootleg gives no information beyond "Live in Europe 1993," but Paris is mentioned in the stage banter. I've seen references online to another 1993 Paris show on June 3, but I could find no conclusive information on it. I'm inclined to think it was from the well-documented late '93 European tour.

Good audience recording, though there are some edits. Ultimately more of a novelty than anything else; it's somewhat interesting to hear Bush's versions of older songs, but this can't touch the old shows.

Scott introduces track 8.

The Arcadia Theater, Dallas, TX, July 11, 1987
Main Event ME - CD - 018
Given tracklisting: Correct tracklisting:
1. Among The Living 1. Among The Living
2. Caught In A Mosh 2. Caught In A Mosh
3. Metal Thrashing Mad 3. Metal Thrashing Mad
4. I Am The Law 4. I Am The Law
5. Madhouse 5. Madhouse
6. Indians 6. Indians/Guitar Solo
7. Armed and Dangerous 7. Medusa
8. Drum Solo/A.I.R. 8. Drum Solo/A.I.R.
9. God Save The Queen 9. God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols cover)
10. Imitation Of The Libe/Gung Ho 10. Imitation Of Life (partial)/Gung-Ho
11. Living After Midnight 11. Living After Midnight (Judas Priest cover)

An LP version also exists. Only an incorrect year (1989) and the Dallas location are mentioned on the bootleg. Three tracks from this show--"Caught in a Mosh," "I am the Law," and "I'm the Man" (which is not on the bootleg) were used as live tracks on the "I'm the Man" EP. The EP tracks sound much crisper and cleaner than the bootleg. This show was apparently broadcast by Z-Rock, so it's possible the bootleg was sourced from that radio broadcast.

Except for tracks 9/10, all tracks have fade-ins/fade-outs between them, and although you can hear that some stage banter was lost, there's still a lot left. I've seen it mentioned that the original show was 70+ min., and obviously since "I'm the Man" was played but isn't on the bootleg, the boot isn't the complete show. Apparently there's a full version of the show circulating in dub trading circles that's called "Gung Ho."

At 6:13 of track 8, it sounds like there's some sort of jump/edit. The band are in the middle of A.I.R. but slow down--it appears as if there was some crowd sing-along or participation stuff that was edited out.

The band only play the first verse of "Imitation of Life." Between this and "Gung-Ho," they play part of Mouret's "Rondeau" (better known as the "Masterpiece Theatre" theme music).

Be aware that I've seen a CD-R version of this bootleg with copied covers. If I remember correctly, whoever did it actually covered the Main Event logo on the back insert and added another one ("Treble Productions," I think?), so there may have been a mass-produced CD-R knockoff version.

Despite the edits and being incomplete, a very good "Among the Living" era boot. Sound quality is about average for a boot, not great, but not too bad.


Anthrax also has some 2002 live tracks on the end of the Motörhead "Hammered Tour 2002 - We Gonna Kick Your Ass" 2CD bootleg.