Joey Belladonna rocks. Like, seriously. The dude rocks. For a living. Perhaps best known as the powerfully piped frontman for legendary thrash-metal group Anthrax, Belladonna has spent more than three decades shredding stages with a mic in his hand, passion in his heart and an international legion of fans head-banging and mosh-pitting every steel-toed stomp of the way. Of course, Belladonna’s day job (which usually is more of a night job) tends to mask the fact that the New York native is a diehard sports fan.
His biggest love? The Minnesota Vikings, for whom he’s had the chance to perform the National Anthem. Of course, that’s just the beginning. He’s friends with Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, fond of Syracuse athletics and, as a former high-school hockey goalie, has a soft spot in his heart for Philadelphia Flyers legend Bernie Parent. (Speaking of the Vikings and Bills, Belladonna just last Thursday performed the National Anthem before those two teams met in their preseason opener.)
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