ANTHRAX Guitarist SCOTT IAN: DIMEBAG's Legacy Won't Be Disrespected On My Watch

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has commented on the "controversy" surrounding a recently published Internet interview with ANTHRAX guitarist Dan Spitz in which Spitz appeared to insinuate that late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott "copied" his leads for ANTHRAX's "Stomp 442" record, and slam some of his bandmates on a number of topics, including the release of ANTHRAX's "The Greater of Two Evils" CD (featuring re-recordings of the band's classic songs).

In a posting on ANTHRAX's official forum (where he posts under the name "Black Thirteen"), Ian stated about the interview (which was published on the Metal-Rules.com web site), "He [Dan Spitz] claims it's bullshit. I hope it is. We are in the process of getting the tapes. Innocent until proven guilty. Truth will prevail. It has to because these statements are inexcusable. If he said it, or if this writer did just make it up, out of all of it; saying that Darrell copied the leads, taking credit away from what was unique to Darrell, that is beyond low. Disrespect Darrell's legacy? No, not on my watch."

In a follow-up posting, Ian went on to add, "I'm here to defend myself and my band. Dime isn't. We have found out from Nuclear Blast [ANTHRAX's European record label] that they stopped letting this writer do interviews with any of their bands because he shows up drunk and uses the time to get his records signed. This would make a good 'Law & Order' episode."

The original interview can be read in its entirety at this location. Dan Spitz's statement regarding the interview can be found here.

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