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NYPD: Former Anthrax lead singer Dan Nelson beat two elderly men at Queens hotel

2019-09-11

The former lead singer of the metal band Anthrax brought the noise to two elderly men at a Queens hotel, beating them both after one of them said something that offended him, cops said Wednesday.

Daniel Nelson, 43, who fronted the band from 2007 to 2009, got metal-thrashing mad at the two men, ages 72 and 73, in the Aloft Hotel near LaGuardia Airport at about 11:30 p.m., according to police.

“One of the elderly gentlemen said something which caused (Nelson) to become enraged and he subsequently punched them,” the NYPD said.

The men refused medical attention at the scene, and police arrested Nelson the following morning on felony assault and harassment charges.

Nelson, of Levvittown, replaced Anthrax lead singer Joey Belladonna. He parted on bad terms with his bandmates, and sued them over his share of the profits from several songs on their 2011 album, “Worship Music.”

He awaits arraignment in Queens Criminal Court.

Marc Isaac, who represented Nelson in the civil lawsuit, said Nelson surrendered to police and disputes the allegations.

“I’ve seen the video, and what they’re saying is not correct,” Isaac said. “I can tell you that there was no bloody altercation. That’s completely false.”

His criminal defense lawyer, Michael Arbeit, declined comment.