Is there anything that Scott Ian can’t do? The shaved-headed, goateed guitarist for Anthrax has released a comeback with his speed-metal maestros, “Worship Music”; played Big Four concerts with fellow genre pioneers Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth; formed a spinoff combo called the Damned Things; become a professional online poker player at Ultimate Bet; and backed his wife, (daughter of Meat Loaf) Pearl Aday, in her group, Pearl. Four months ago, Ian, 47, became a dad. But there’s more!
You’ve suddenly become the go-to talking head for VH1’s “I Love The …” series and tons of other retro-themed shows. How? How do I get invited? By email, usually. That’s true, I’m not joking — they send me an email, saying, “Do you want to be on this show? Yes or no?” It’s that simple. I hosted a show for VH1 back in 2001 called “The Rock Show” for a year, so maybe it’s all based on that. But I guess somebody somewhere thought I had something to say.
Your observations are always hilarious. But how are they filmed? Well, you sit there with a producer, on-camera. They’re off-camera, so they bring up the subjects. They’ll have a whole list of topics that they’ll go through, and if you have something to talk about on a subject, say it, and if it’s something where you have nothing to say, just skip over it and move on to the next one.
Have you ever thought about doing stand-up comedy? I wouldn’t do stand-up. I’m friends with a lot of guys who do that for a living, and it’s a completely different animal. But the thing I would try and do is get up and just tell stories. Because I’ve certainly got a wealth of stories from the last 25, 30 years. I’ve actually done that at this L.A. club, Largo. Literally got up, told some stories, and really had the place laughing. I could really be interested in doing that — just going out on tour, me and a microphone, and talking to people for an hour and a half.
Is the next step a Spalding Gray-type book? Yeah. That’s something I’ve been talking about with people for the last five years. I think I certainly have enough material to make an entertaining read. It would just be a case of sitting down with somebody, collating all the best stuff, then putting it together to see if it makes an entertaining read. But it’s not the right time now — maybe after this Anthrax album cycle.
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