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Interview With Scott Ian Of Anthrax/ Book Review
Scott Ian Of Anthrax/I'm The Man book review
I'm The ManThe Story Of That Guy from Anthrax
ScottIan of Anthrax was high on my list of people
to one day interview. So when the opportunity came to review his new Book,
"I'm The Man", I jumped at the bonus chance to interview the man
himself. Truly responsible for being a forerunner in the American Thrash Metal
Movement, Scott and Anthrax are in the Pantheon of metal icons. His music is
inspirational for so many bands, his guitar sledgehammer sound is a like a
juggernaut of pure molten metal. He is onstage a force to be reckoned with. But
I found the book and the man himself to be sincere, down to Earth, and honest. The
history of Anthrax is interwoven with tales of hard partying, and dreams when
metal was still in its true infancy. This book presents the reader with a drone
like view of the rough road to success. The book is one wild ride throughout
his life and you feel drawn to the persistence of once consistent theme in the
pages: Scott loves what he does.
First of all congrats, on the book.
I like the flow of the book
it is not all about booze and drugs and broads.
(Laughs) Well I look at it this
way, even if that was my life. If my life was that I wouldn't have done a book
unless I felt I did something different than what has been done a hundred times
already. There are so many of those same books out already. So for me ,unless
somehow my booze and drugs and women story was so much greater than someone
else. But they all tend to blur a little to me. That was the thing going into
this. I did not want to do a book just for the sake of doing a book.
Do you find that others in the industry have a difficult time continuing
once they become parents?
Yeah, absolutely. Obviously, if
you're a parent that enjoys being a parent. Makes touring for a long time very
difficult. Three of us in the band have children so you know we just find ways
to make it as painless as possible. So everyone doesn't have to be away for too
long from their families.
Being a dad, and a husband. How
has your perspective on the world changed or has it?
Well it makes things in life
simpler. Because family comes first. Everything else would stop If I needed it
to. Just makes things a lot easier in one way. Easier to focus on family.
Would you want your son to grow up to be a musician?
If he wants to be. yes.
How much do you feel the industry for metal has changed with the
advent of social media?
I don't know. I don't know what
effect it truly has.Whatever it does it
doesn't make up for people stealing records.I have a twitter account. What is the end game? I don't see the positive
of getting your music out there for free. For me making a record used to be
special. Getting signed by people ,who understood bands and understood talent
development. Making a cd was not something everyone could do. And there is a
reason for that. There are not going to be 5 million great bands. But if you go
online there are 5 million things to listen to. I think it just creates clutter
and confusion truthfully. I don't think anyone will discover the next Metallica
or Zeppelin because someone uploaded their songs to the internet. I hate to
sound like a crabby old man but nothing makes up for the fact that music is
stolen all day long.
Do you come across new bands that interest you?
I am not actively out there
looking. I have friends that send me stuff. They get every metal record that
comes out in the hopes that they are going to be pleasantly surprised.Once in awhile someone plays me something
that I might like. But I already have 48,000 songs on my iPod to choose from. There
is a band called Rival Sons, not a metal band. I really get into. very derivative
of zeppelin and the 70's
In the book you did mention at one point the guys in Metallica were
considering replacing Lars. Was that some sort of drunken bravado or a serious tone?
I mean you were there so your perspective is key.
I don't think it was drunken
bravado. It was something they were definitely talking about at that time.
Quick guitar question. Tube or digital amps?
How cool was it to jam with Peter Chris and Ace Frehley at the Eddie
Trunk anniversary show?
Yeah. It was great. To get to
play some of those songs with those dudes it was really a special moment. I had
played with Ace a few times before but I never jammed with Peter. And certainly
not together so it was definitely a trip. It sometimes hard to wrap your head
around things like that. To go back to being a kid and remembering how into
Kiss I was and then to think that I would someday be jamming with them. It
blows my mind.
The new Anthrax is in the works?
Yeah we have just been writing
and will continue to write until we feel we are ready. We have a lot of really
good material. Just keep going until we are ready. Somehow we just know.
With the conclusion of the
interview I shut off my phone and concentrated on his every word. Here was a
true master of the metallifestyle. From
the early days struggling to get a record deal to the globe trekking superstar,
Scott Ian has remained loyal to himself, his band, and his art form. Pick up a
copy of "I'm The man" today and read it for yourself.
New England Metal & Hardcore Festival feat. Sabaton
KATATONIA, HammerFall, Amorphis, Caspian, Delain, Swallow The Sun, Battle Beast, Leaves Eyes, Circuit Of Suns, And MANY MORE TBA!!!
Sat, April 22, 2017Doors: 1:00 pm / Show: 1:00 pm
$45.00 - $50.00Tickets
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Sabaton was formed back in 1999 in Falun, Sweden when the members of a band called "Aeon" reformed and rearmed for the upcoming first recording in Moon Music Studio. The founding members of Aeon: Rikard, Pär and Daniel Mullback had joined forces with Oskar and Joakim earlier during the year which had seen a few line-up changes and the guys decided on a fresh start and changed the name of the band to Sabaton. These are the same guys you see on stage today.
As a young proto-metalhead living in the hard streets of Riverside, Rhode Island we would all gather at whoever had the latest vinyl release and rock out for hours. Discussing techniques, listening to lyrics, guitar solos. The best albums offered up energy at its purest form. It transmitted from the vinyl grooves right into our little teenage brains. You could literally feel what the band or artist was trying to convey.
Metallica's latest release, Hardwired to self destruct offers up a modern day version of that same energy and spirit from days gone by. It is a powerful statement from a band that many had written off. One song...Now were all dead...that is the only song you need to listen to. But there are many, many more. This is grade a material from a group of artists who managed to capture their energy and channel it through this disc. This is real, this is power, this is the definition of a classic metal album.
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