The members of Anthrax have issued a statement following the sudden departure of Rob Caggiano from the band.

Caggiano announced today that he was leaving Anthrax to concentrate on production work.

In their statement, Anthrax announced:

“Rob has been an integral part of Anthrax for so many years, as our lead guitarist, in a production capacity, but most of all, as our close friend. His contributions to the band have been enormous. While we are sad that he is leaving, we wish him nothing but great success going forward, and hope to share the stage with him again sometime down the road.

“With the Metal Alliance Tour on the horizon, we have been considering several lead guitarist options, and will be making an announcement on that shortly.”

ANTHRAX – Charlie Benante, Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna

Caggiano was the lead guitarist with Anthrax initially from 2001 to 2005 and returned in 2007.

Anthrax will tour Australia next month as part of the Soundwave Festival. Soundwave 2013 will start February 23 in Brisbane.

Scott Ian posted on Twitter today “Today’s news will not affect any tour dates”.

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