Interviews

Anthrax's Scott Ian Discusses a "Ramones-Style" Set and The Walking Dead

See also: Why Isn't Corey Taylor of Slipknot Listening to Metal? See also: What Mayhem Band Has the Craziest Fans (According to Tom Araya of Slayer)? See also: Motorhead, Slipknot, Anthrax, and Slayer Unite for Mayhem Fest

It should come as no surprise that some epic musicians come off as jaded, bored, or misogynistic during interviews. Or just plain fried.

Not Anthrax founder/guitarist Scott Ian. He's refreshingly sweet and impossibly enthusiastic for a guy in a band named after a disease he read about in a biology textbook in 1981 because it sounded "sufficiently evil" to the members. He's a legendary musician, one who has achieved such longevity on the heavy metal circuit but he doesn't act like a big shot, and he seemingly never tires of chatting lightheartedly with the press.

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
Contact: Lauren Wise