Scott Ian on Potential Stormtroopers of Death Reunion: ‘I Would Definitely Do It Again’
Scott Ian says he would "definitely" do another tour with Stormtroopers of Death, the hardcore punk-meets-thrash outfit he started with Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, Dan Lilker and Billy Milano back in the mid-80s.
"I would absolutely do S.O.D. again, if the situation was right and it felt like it was in the spirit of what the band is about," Ian says on the Let There Be Talk podcast, hosted by comedian Dean Delray. "I would definitely do it again. I would love to go play some festivals. I would love to go play [European] festivals. We did it in '99 and 2000, and it was fucking awesome."
Adding that while he hasn't spoken to Milano in years, Ian says he's "got no issue with Billy at all."
"There's not enough time on earth to have problems," he said during the podcast, which can be listened to below. "I don't care. If someone has a problem with me, it's not my problem. I don't have a problem with anybody, as far as I know. So, yeah, life's too short, honestly."
Ian's recent comments contrast with what he said back in 2015, that while going out on tour with S.O.D. in Europe in 1999 and 2000 was a positive experience, by the time it hit the States, it had become like a job - and one he wasn't keen on revisiting.
"It's when we kind of came around in the States for a second run through, then it became a fucking…that's when it actually became like a job," he said. "All of a sudden, it was, like, 'Wait a minute! I already have a band with fucking baggage and issues and business problems, and now I've got two.' And I couldn't handle that; I couldn't handle having two bands struggling at that time."
S.O.D. formed in 1985 and released their landmark debut disc Speak English or Die that same year. The side project went on to release three albums in total. Ian has said that due to his main outfit, Anthrax, taking up the majority of his time, there wasn't more of a chance for the band to tour more in the 80s.
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