ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian recently spoke to MTV.com about the group's collaboration with THE WHO singer Roger Daltrey on "Taking the Music Back", one of the cuts from their latest CD, "We've Come For You All".
"Working with him was mind-blowing," Ian said. "As I'm sitting there, I'm thinking, 'I'm in the chair that Pete Townshend has been sitting in for the last 35 years, and I started playing guitar because of him.' "
According to Ian, the unlikely collaboration came together because Ian's girlfriend's mom is friends with Daltrey and his wife, which led to an unexpected phone call last year.
"She asked if we wanted to go to dinner with Roger and his wife," Ian recalled. "I was like, 'Roger, who?' I didn't know who she was talking about. But he turned out to be the coolest, nicest guy, and we just sat there drinking wine for four hours and he entertained us with amazing stories of being in the Who."
When Daltrey found out Ian's band was working on a new record, he volunteered to lend a hand. But when he heard the track he was supposed to sing on, he was a bit taken aback.
"I don't think he understood at first," Ian said. "He just kept saying, 'This is heavy, heavy stuff.' And I was thinking, 'This isn't that heavy compared to some of our other tracks,' but I understood where he was coming from. It took him like 40 minutes of just listening to it and letting it sink in, and then he was like, 'Oh, I see. Now I understand. There's a verse and a chorus.' Then he seemed pretty stoked.
"He would go, 'Tell me if that's good,' and I'd say, 'Well, why don't you do it again.' I was standing there thinking, 'Oh my God, I'm telling Roger Daltrey what to sing.' And then when he did the scream for me I was just overwhelmed."