Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian blames the Internet for recent comments attributed to vocalist Joey Belladonna in which he suggested the band weren’t close friends.

Belladonna said in an interview earlier this year that he wished the band would communicate more and added that they hardly ever hung out together.

However Ian says that Belladonna’s comments were taken out of context.

“I texted him after my mother told me on the phone she just saw something online that, ‘Joey Belladonna says you guys aren’t friends,’ he tells Mitch Lafon.

“And I said, ‘That’s kind of weird, because I’m texting with him right now.’ And I wrote to Joey, ‘Hey, what’s going on? We’re not friends?’ And he was, like, ‘What are you talking about?’

“So I don’t have any answer to that question. I’ll just blame it on the Internet.”

Joey Belladonna is fronting Anthrax for the third time, and is the band’s most recognized vocalist, replacing former singer John Bush back in 2010.