Happy Birthday today (Jan. 28) to former Anthrax lead guitarist Dan Spitz. He's 55.

Dan Spitz is best known for his work as lead guitarist and main songwriter for from 1983-1995 and then again from 2005-2008. Before joining Anthrax, the Rockland County, NY native played guitar for Overkill. He also happens to be a master watchmaker for Leviev timepieces North America. Anthrax formed out of NYC in 1981 and is considered to be one of the leaders of the 1980’s thrash metal scene and they are one of the “Big Four” along with Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer. The band’s classic lineup consisted of singer Joey Belladonna, lead guitarist Dan Spitz, rhythm guitarist Scott Ian, bassist Frank Bello, and drummer Charlie Benante. Anthrax have sold over 10 million records worldwide. I’ve had the chance to see Anthrax many times in concert over the years including the awesome Big Four Concert at Yankee Stadium 5 years ago. Anthrax always deliver for their fans in concert. Cheers to Dan Spitz on his birthday today!

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