|Born on: 28.01.1963
Dan Spitz (born January 28, 1963) was the lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Anthrax from 1983-1995 and 2005 to 2007. He is the brother of former White Lion and Black Sabbath bassist Dave Spitz.
Dan Spitz was the lead guitarist of the thrash metal band Anthrax from 1983-1995 and 2005 to 2007.
Before playing in Anthrax, Spitz was a lead guitarist for local thrash metal band Overkill, and also Thrasher, at which time he shared the stage with bassist Billy Sheehan.
In 1995, Spitz left Anthrax, due to a severe disinterest in playing guitar. In the meantime, he attended WOSTEP on a full scholarship and opened his own watch repair shop. On April 1, 2005, Anthrax announced an Among the Living reunion, and Spitz was reunited with the band. They embarked on a world tour and released a DVD with footage from those performances. Following the end of the reunion tour, Spitz again left Anthrax to concentrate on his watch designs. He has since been replaced by Rob Caggiano, who was Anthrax's lead guitarist immediately prior to the 2005 reunion.
Spitz was originally known for his use of Jackson Guitars (he was famous for his custom Jackson Randy Rhoads guitar with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles painted on them). But most recently during the Anthrax Reunion tour he has been an endorser of Paul Reed Smith Guitars. Paul Reed Smith has created a special "Spitz" head stock (a first for PRS) and a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rendering was painted on this new guitar by tattoo artist and lowbrow painter JR Linton.
DeuxMonkey is an American metal band formed by former Anthrax guitarist Dan Spitz. The band consists of Peter Baltes (formerly from the band Accept) on the Bass Guitar, Patrick Johansson (formerly of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, W.A.S.P) on the Drums, Androo O'Hearn (of Shaolin Death Squad) on Lead Vocals , and Dan Spitz on the guitars. He formed the band after the Among The Living reunion to raise awareness of autism. His twin sons were diagnosed with autism. The band continues to write and release more music. On Tuesday December 14 Anti-Music released that Dave Mustaine has teamed with Dan Spitz, which was a top story on Tuesday, December 14. Mustaine revealed the news to New Zealand's 3news.co.nz and said that Spitz invited him to work on the new record, which will be released under the moniker Deuxmonkey. "He was working on a little side-project I'd heard a while ago and I asked him, 'Do you think it's done?' He asked me why and I said, 'Well, I would kind of do this and that.'" Mustaine said. "And he said, 'Go ahead.' So I rolled up my sleeves and completely dedicated myself to Danny's record." Mustaine said the album sounds like Soundgarden, Disturbed and Rage Against the Machine. Dave Mustaine and Dan Spitz are making the album together.
Spitz was born in a small town in Rockland County, New York as the second son of a lawyer and a highschool substitute teacher. His parents were interested in music, his father liked the music of Dizzy Gillespie, his mother was into classical music. In the early 1980 David Spitz, the five years older brother of Dan, played bass and guitar. Dan got his brother's guitar and started playing. When he reached seventh grade his mother bought him his first own guitar. Spitz reached twelfth grade, went to college but left it after a few weeks without graduating and started his musical career with Anthrax.
Spitz comes from a Jewish family and converted to Messianic Judaism in 2000. and is married with Candi. Their 2007 born twins suffer from autism and therefore the pair supports the organization Autism Speaks.