Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian flew over to the U.K. earlier this year for his one-man 'Speaking Words' tour. After a successful run overseas, Ian is bringing his spoken-word show to North America.

Inspired by Black Flag / Rollins Band vocalist Henry Rollins, Ian performed his first 'Speaking Words' show in May. Fans of Anthrax in the U.K. were entertained by the life and times of Scott Ian, so it comes as great news that the thrash titan will open himself up to North American audiences.

“The last 32 years of my life spent in a metal band; I’ve got so many stories," says Ian, "whether it’s s–t 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."

Ian continues, "I always felt that people need to hear this stuff. This s–t 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 s–t that I have been through in my life.”

Check out Scott Ian's new North American 'Speaking Words' tour dates below!

Scott Ian 'Speaking Words' North American Dates:

02/20 - Chicago, Ill. @ Maynestage
02/21 - Detroit, Mich. @ Token Lounge
02/25 - Toronto, Ontario @ El Mocambo
02/26 - Kingston, Ontario @ Masion
02/27 - Ottawa, Ontario @ Ritual
03/01 - Annapolis, Md. @ Rams Head
03/02 - Philadelphia, Pa. @ World
03/05 - New York, N.Y. @ BB King's