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Scott Ian

Scott Ian

Scott Ian

One of heavy metal’s most recognizable and well-liked figures, Scott Ian was born Scott Ian Rosenfeld, in Queens, New York, on December 31, 1963, and rose to fame as a founding member of thrash metal icons, Anthrax. Beginning in 1981, his band helped pioneer and establish the thrash genre, alongside Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and others, thanks to important albums like Fistful of Metal (1985), Spreading the Disease (1985) and their signature statement, Among the Living (1987). Along the way, Ian played rhythm guitar and wrote most of Anthrax’s material with drummer Charlie Benante; was instrumental in helping to popularize the latest heavy metal vernacular (e.g. mosh pits, NOT!, etc); while participating in the charter crossover outfit S.O.D. Towards the end of the decade, as Anthrax’s reputation took a hit with 1988’s State of Euphoria album, Ian nevertheless found himself at the cutting edge of rock’s first experiments with rap and hip hop, by way of Anthrax’s collaboration with Public Enemy (“Bring the Noise”) and their own “I’m the Man” EP. The ‘90s wouldn’t be so kind to Anthrax (nor most other metal bands for that matter), but Ian made the best of it, by persevering with Anthrax (now fronted by John Bush) while befriending other scene stalwarts like Pantera and guitarist Dimebag Darrell, in particular. In 2001, following the 9/11 attacks and unrelated letters posted with anthrax, Scott and the band briefly considered changing their name, but instead rebounded with their strongest effort in years in 2003’s We’ve Come for You All. This was followed by an eclectic decade marked by numerous TV engagements (many with VH1), movie cameos, comic book projects, poker championships and, of course, lots of music, including large-scale Big Four tours. In 2011, Anthrax reunited with ‘80s frontman Joey Belladonna for their tenth studio album, Worship Music, further solidifying their reputation among metal’s respected elder statesmen and, by extension, that of their leader, Scott Ian, too.

 
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Watch Anthrax’s Scott Ian Get Turned Into a White Walker for ‘Game of Thrones’

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian was transformed into a White Walker on the HBO series 'Game of Thrones.'

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Anthrax’s Scott Ian on AC/DC: ‘They Should Just Stop’ Without Brian Johnson

Anthrax guitarist and huge AC/DC fan Scott Ian thinks the band 'should just stop' if they can't continue with Brian Johnson as the singer.

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Anthrax’s Scott Ian Talks ‘For All Kings’ Album + Future Plans

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian speaks with Full Metal Jackie about the creation of the band's 'For All Kings' album and their future plans.

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Anthrax’s Scott Ian on Presidential Election: ‘This Is the Worst, Craziest Circus I’ve Ever Seen’

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian isn't ready to support any presidential candidate, calling the current politicians the 'worst, craziest circus' he's seen.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Anthrax Release ‘Breathing Lightning’ Lyric Video

Anthrax have released the lyric video for the new song "Breathing Lightning" and Scott Ian offered more insight on his feelings about the Philip Anselmo controversy.

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Jo Hale / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Anthrax’s Scott Ian: Philip Anselmo Should Be Forgiven If He Proves That He Deserves to Be

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has weighed in once again on Philip Anselmo’s Dimebash 2016 controversy.

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Jo Hale / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Anthrax’s Scott Ian Suggests Philip Anselmo Donate to Center That Confronts Racism

Scott Ian has suggested Philip Anselmo donate to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an organization and network of museums that confront racism in America and teach lessons of the Holocaust.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire / Jason Kempin, Getty Images

Scott Ian: Lemmy Kilmister ‘Truly Was a Modern-Day Pirate’

Anthrax's Scott Ian has offered a lengthy reflection about Motorhead mainman Lemmy Kilmister and shared a personal story about the icon.

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Scott Ian: Stormtroopers of Death ‘Became Like a Job’

Stormtroopers of Death burst onto the scene 30 years ago, but Scott Ian has no plans to reunite the band and cites a host of reasons why in a recent interview.

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Anthrax Members Scott Ian and Charlie Benante Play ‘To Fight ‘Em or Not to Fight ‘Em?’

During Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante's visit to our studio, we wanted to know what they would fight.

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