Yesterday Anthrax released a press statement vaguely commenting on the band missing the first three shows of its European tour. The reason for the cancellation is due to Dan Nelson's mysterious illness.
Here is what Anthrax had to say:
The members of ANTHRAX regretfully announce that the first three shows of their European tour scheduled to begin tomorrow, Saturday, July 18th, are canceled. Yesterday, lead singer Dan Nelson unexpectedly informed the band that he was seriously ill and unable to travel or perform at this time. Options for the balance of ANTHRAX's European tour dates are being addressed posthaste. The members of ANTHRAX are devastated by this unfortunate turn of events and ask all of their fans to join them in wishing Dan the speediest of recoveries.
Nelson also wrote via Twitter:
July 16, 3:47 a.m.: "Funny, I don't feel so lucky...Wonder what everyone is talking about??"
July 16, 4:28 a.m.: "is done."
July 17, 7:54 p.m.: "loves his family and friends more than ANYTHING."
This all sounds like bad news to me, but it could just be the press blowing up Nelson getting some kind of minor illness.
Hopefully Nelson is OK and not seriously ill. He seems like a cool guy with a decent set of pipes. Also, hopefully nothing bad is going on with Anthrax as a whole, but we will find out soon enough I'm sure.