Episode 229 of the "Iron City Rocks" podcast (web site) features an interview with ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.
At this point, it's no surprise to anyone that heavy metal musician, author, and television personality Scott Ian has a lot to say. After decades-worth of international touring with ANTHRAX, bumping elbows with illustrious (and sometimes ridiculous) characters all over the media spectrum, and undergoing general "you won't believe this" experiences, Scott Ian certainly has some hilarious and surprisingly personal stories to share.
Following the resounding success of the U.K. leg of his "Speaking Words" tour, Scott picked up up the mic again for a 15-city North American leg, which kicked off in Chicago, Illinois on February 20.
Don't mistake this for your run-of-the-mill spoken word tour. In Scott Ian's own words, "it ain't no poetry reading" either. "Speaking Words" is an honest look at the insane life that Scott has led for the last 31 years, the people he's met, and the events that coincide. During each show, Scott will take part in a special question-and-answer session with the audience.
Fan can have a drink with Scott after his 2014 North American "Speaking Words" shows. Join Scott and other fanatical fans for a special VIP meet-and-greet that will follow all spoken-word performances on the 2014 tour.
According to a press release, "this unique, and limited event will allow you to spend time with Scott like never before. It's a veritable post-show hang of cool with a metal legend, one that's sure to enrich your knowledge of not only all things Scott, but ANTHRAX, and metal history in general. It's Scott Ian like you've never seen him — and in a setting you'll likely never experience again."
What's included in the $50 package:
* meet Scott Ian in the city of your choice
* a limited-edition "Speaking Words" banner for Scott to sign
* a special "Speaking Words" VIP collectible fan-lam
* an Air-Ian pin
For more information, go to this location.
Scott Ian previously stated about the "Speaking Words" tour: "I'm calling it 'Speaking Words' because the pretension of saying I am doing a 'spoken-word' tour is too much to bear. This ain't no poetry reading. This isn't an evening of sensitive discourse.
"It's an evening of ridiculous truth. It's me talking (swearing) about this insane life I've led over the last 31 years, the people I've met and the shit that's happened. And when I'm done swearing, you can ask me anything you want, the floor is yours."
In an interview with Decibel magazine, Ian stated about the "Speaking Words" tour: "It's something I've always wanted to do, and I've always been trying to figure out how can I do this, how would I ever make this possible. I've seen [Henry] Rollins do it all these years; I saw Rollins, maybe on the first time he ever did a tour I went to see what it was going to be about. I mean, I am a huge fan of Rollins' music and I had read all his books at the time, so I really knew that he had a point of view and something he needed to express and he did it really well. It's something that I always wanted to do and I finally had the opportunity [last] year; doing this one-off show in London. I was approached by the band's agent, who basically put it together, and asked, 'Are you interested in doing this?' And I said, 'Absolutely. I've been kinda waiting for this to happen but I didn't know how to kick-start it.' I did the one show in London and I enjoyed myself so much, I had such a good time with it that I was like, 'Can I do more of this? How do we do more of this?' They came back and said, 'There's a lot of interest in it, do you wanna do a tour?' I was like, 'Sign me up! Let's find a window when it works and go and do it.'"
Asked where he got the material from and whether it was something that he had sketched out in advance, Scott said: "No! I did absolutely zero rehearsal. I didn't even know how to prepare for it, truthfully. The show was booked months in advance, and I had all these months to think about it, and think, 'Okay, I'm going to put a whole show together… ' Because I am friends with a lot of stand-up comedians and a lot of writers, and I am a big fan of comedy and certainly live stand-up comedy. I've seen my friends do it and I think that it's the most challenging thing in the world just to sit down, write jokes, get on stage and make people laugh. I mean, I think that's the hardest thing in the entertainment industry. It doesn't get any more raw than that, and I am certainly not a joke writer nor am I a stand-up comedian, but I just feel that my life is, in so many ways, ridiculous. The last 32 years of my life spent in a metal band; I've got so many stories, whether it's shit that I've done, people that I've met, stories that I know from other people … I've kinda been in this bubble for so long. I sit around in bars with my friends and I'll get around to telling stories, as we all do, and most of my friends are in this industry or connected to it somehow, so we all have stories and we all sit down and tell stories to each other and crack each other up. I always felt that people need to hear this stuff. This shit is hilarious. It's just a really fun thing for me to do, to relate to people on that level. That's what it is. That's what the material is; it's shit that I have been through in my life."
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