Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian was back in familiar surroundings Friday night (Oct. 10), taking the stage at one of his favorite Los Angeles haunts, Largo at the Coronet, for a combination 'Speaking Words' performance and 'I'm the Man: The Story of That Guy From Anthrax' book release party.

Ian's spoken word performance provided those in attendance a chance to pull back the curtain and get a glimpse at some of the relationships that the guitarist has carved out over the years. The guitarist proved himself a master storyteller, offering great detail and humor to his stories while also offering some illustrations to go along with the stories he told.

Ian gave depth and humanity to larger-than-life personalities like Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister and late Pantera great Dimebag Darrell. The Anthrax guitarist recalled his first time meeting Lemmy as a young rocker just getting his start in the industry and anxious to have a drink (or many) with his idol. Without spoiling the story, the end results of that meeting were both hilarious and cringe inducing, and additional Lemmy stories offered more humorous and humanizing details about the rock legend.

As for Dimebag Darrell, Ian recalled the guitarist teaching him to drink on tour and the lengths he went to in order to keep up with the guitarist's regimen. He also revisited a good-natured relationship with Dime that spanned years and included a couple of elaborate and hilarious pranks.

In the end, the guitarist shared his appreciation for the turn out as he was thrilled to bring his show to Los Angeles and a venue and bar he once frequented. Ian also fielded questions from the audience toward the end of the evening and an impromptu reunion took place as early Anthrax guitarist Greg Walls was in attendance and warmly greeted Ian.

The guitarist's new 'Swearing Words in Glasgow' DVD is coming on Nov. 13 and you can pre-order the disc here. Meanwhile, Ian's 'I'm the Man' book can be picked up at this location.

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