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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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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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Anthrax’s Scott Ian + Charlie Benante Talk ‘The Walking Dead’ + Online Story Conspiracy

In this interview, Scott Ian and Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante go full-on fanboy on The Walking Dead and discuss and interesting online conspiracy.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Scott Ian: Anthrax Continue To Write Songs For New Album

Anthrax have been working on songs for the follow-up to 2011's Worship Music for a while, and guitarist Scott Ian says the band continues to write and record.

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Scott Ian Talks Tenacious D’s Grammy Win + Anthrax’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Mixtape Track

Scott Ian talks about Anthrax's recent Grammy loss in the Best Metal Performance category to comedy duo Tenacious D.

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Motor Sister Talk Formation of the Band, Future Plans + More

In this exclusive video interview, you'll hear Motor Sister talk about how they formed, what attracted Scott Ian and Pearl Aday to Mother Superior's music and their plans for the future.

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Watch Anthrax’s Scott Ian Get Killed on ‘The Walking Dead’

Anthrax legend Scott Ian finally got his moment of undead glory on The Walking Dead.

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AMC / Twitter: Scott Ian

Anthrax’s Scott Ian to Appear on ‘Talking Dead’ Following ‘Walking Dead’ Cameo

In addition to his cameo as a zombie on The Walking Dead, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian will appear on the after-show Talking Dead.

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