Anthrax came out to jet-engine screams from the crowd, launched into its backwards-talk, alienated-teen anthem "Efilnikufesin," and exploded into manic life. What seemed like two-thirds of the people in the amphitheatre sang along not only with the choruses but with the verses as well. Horned fists were pumped. Anthrax's patented white-noise metallic crunch was physical enough to tempt even the nonbelievers to bang their heads, or at least to pluck out their earplugs and fling them 20 rows down.
PHOTO: Public Enemy's [Chuck D], left, raps to Anthrax's Scott Ian's guitar.; PHOTO: (Orange County Edition) ODD COUPLING: Historically, rap and metal audiences and artists have remained almost entirely separate. But paired in concert at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Anthrax and Public Enemy played more compellingly than they have in years. Pictured is Anthrax lead singer Joey Belladonna.; PHOTO: (Orange County Edition) Public Enemy's Chuck D seemed genuinely excited in performing for Anthrax fans. / JOHN FUNG / Los Angeles Times