ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has commented on "VH1 Rock Honors", the first-ever show to pay homage to the legends who influenced the sound of hard rock. This year's celebration honors the music and influence of JUDAS PRIEST, KISS, QUEEN and DEF LEPPARD. "VH1 Rock Honors" was taped Thursday, May 25 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and includes performances by all of the honorees as well as tribute performances by GODSMACK (who are paying tribute to JUDAS PRIEST), FOO FIGHTERS (QUEEN) and THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS (DEF LEPPARD). Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley and ex-GUNS N' ROSES axeman Gilby Clarke joined an all-star band consisting of Rob Zombie (vocals), Slash (guitar; VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Tommy Lee (drums; MÖTLEY CRÜE), and Ian (bass) for a rendition of the KISS classic "God of Thunder" as a tribute to KISS. Meanwhile, QUEEN guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor made a surprise appearance with FOO FIGHTERS, who were paying tribute to QUEEN at the event.
Commented Ian: "When I was asked to be a part of the KISS tribute for 'Rock Honors', I said yes, and I want to play bass!! I have to lay it down for Gene!! And then he sent me an axe bass!!! Holy crap, am I dreaming? To be a part of this was an honor for me as well. I wouldn't be in a band if it wasn't for KISS, so to be able to be a part of their history is like a Make A Wish moment for me. The band VH1 put together was amazing and to have Ace there just put it over the top. Playing 'God of Thunder' at 'Rock Honors' was a high point for me and I can't thank KISS enough for letting me be a part of it."
Check out a picture of Scott Ian and Gene Simmons at KissOnline.com.