Greg Prato for Bravewords spoke with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, who has a 392 page autobiography titled, I’m the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax out on on October 14th and a two hour plus Swearing Words in Glasgow DVD out on November 13th via Megaforce Record. Portions of the interview appear below.
BraveWords: Was it planned that both your book and DVD would be coming out around the same time?
Scott Ian: It really wasn’t a plan. If anything, I would have thought the DVD would have been out sooner, but it just took a really long time. Production issues and just getting it done…I had no idea getting subtitles done in like, six different languages would take so long, either. I never really thought about that – getting a two-hour and something show transcribed into English and then having those all done in different languages. I’m lucky enough I have enough friends that speak all these different languages – Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese – who were able to do it for me. But it’s really time consuming.
BraveWords: The DVD reminded me a bit of Henry Rollins’ spoken word performances. Would you say you modeled your performance after that?
Scott Ian: I really had no model at all. I haven’t seen Henry do a talking show since the early ’90s, so I really don’t know what he does these days, as far as what his set is comprised of and how he does it anymore. But for me, I just got up on stage and told stories from my life. It’s not like I had videos or stuff to watch to even really be influenced by, because it’s not stand-up comedy. And there’s really not any other guys in bands out there doing it, where I can say, “I saw so-and-so.” I had all these stories in my head, and I had the opportunity to go do it in London a couple of years ago as a one-off, and I had so much fun doing that one time that I decided that I wanted to do more of it.
BraveWords: A funny story you talk about in the DVD was when someone once mistook you Anthony Kiedis. Has there ever been another celebrity someone mistook you for?
Scott Ian: There’s obvious ones, like I understand why people mistake me and let’s say, Shavo from System of a Down, because we both have bald heads and we both have beards. We don’t look anything a like, but at least that makes more sense than Anthony Kiedis. When I was younger, some people used to say I looked like Henry Winkler, which I don’t necessarily see, but I always take that as a compliment, because I love Henry Winkler. [Laughs]
BraveWords: What is Anthrax currently up to? Working on new music?
Scott Ian: Yeah, that’s why I couldn’t tell you the names of the songs, because I’m only thinking of the new stuff. We’re deep in the writing process – it’s been going really well. We’ve got 16 or 17 ideas, all in some state of construction, basically. Some more done than others. And it’s all still just a work in progress. But it’s coming along great. We’ve never written more really than we’ve needed for a record, so we just haven’t stopped ourselves this time. It wasn’t like we said, ‘OK, we’ve got ten, let’s got make an album.’ Good ideas kept coming. I think we’ll probably do another couple of writing sessions, and then maybe put a cap on it, as far as musical ideas, just because I’m pretty backlogged right now, as far as having to catch up lyrically. I don’t want to get in situation where I’ve got to write 25 songs worth of words. I have a lot to say, but not that much. But it is going really well. We’re exactly where we should be, I think. That doesn’t give you any idea what it sounds like, but it’s definitely Anthrax.
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