Dave Lombardo and Charlie Benante named thrash legends

Dave Lombardo and Charlie Benante named thrash legends

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Dave Lombardo (Slayer) and Charlie Benante (Anthrax) named thrash legends.

They were handed awards for their pioneering work in the genre at last night’s annual Bonzo Bash, held in California to commemorate Led Zeppelin sticksman John Bonham.

Benante told an audience of fellow musicians: “This is such an honour. Why do we do it? We’re drummers and we love it. If what we did or do inspires someone then that’s the greatest.”

Lombaro pointed out the pair’s award plaques weren’t as accurate as they could have been: “It says ‘inspiring drumming since 1986.’ My first album was released in 83. I’ll take Charlie’s because his says 84.”

Organisers light-heartedly pointed out: “At least your names are spelled correctly. We should have said ‘for many many decades.’ We’ll take them back and fix them.”

Lombardo then performed Led Zep classic Stairway To Heaven along with house band The Moby Dicks, including Whitesnake’s Michael Devin and ex-colleague Brian Tichy.

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