Thrash metal icon (Anthrax). Rap/rock innovator ("Bring the Noise" with Chuck D). TV/reality staple (VH1 host; Supergroup). The (usually) red-bearded aggro-metal wunderkind known as Scott Ian is not going gently into middle age, despite the fact that his current incarnation, "speaking words," is merely Ian onstage in a club, doing just that: one man with a microphone, telling tales out of school. Or more aptly, from the road.
"I'm a frustrated lead singer," the Queens-born musician explains. "In the context of Anthrax, I get my two, maybe three times a show where I get to get on the mic and say something. I look forward to that every night." Now, he gets, two, maybe three HOURS with the spotlight just on him during his "one-man storytelling experience." The impetus came a few years ago via Anthrax's European agent, who asked Ian if he'd do a solo show the night before Anthrax's gig with Motorhead. Ian thought that meant him with an acoustic guitar, so he refused. "But it turns out he wanted to do more of a 'rock stars say the funniest things' sort of thing."
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