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Scott Ian Of Anthrax/I'm The Man book review
I'm The ManThe Story Of That Guy from Anthrax
ScottIan of Anthrax was high on my list of people
to one day interview. So when the opportunity came to review his new Book,
"I'm The Man", I jumped at the bonus chance to interview the man
himself. Truly responsible for being a forerunner in the American Thrash Metal
Movement, Scott and Anthrax are in the Pantheon of metal icons. His music is
inspirational for so many bands, his guitar sledgehammer sound is a like a
juggernaut of pure molten metal. He is onstage a force to be reckoned with. But
I found the book and the man himself to be sincere, down to Earth, and honest. The
history of Anthrax is interwoven with tales of hard partying, and dreams when
metal was still in its true infancy. This book presents the reader with a drone
like view of the rough road to success. The book is one wild ride throughout
his life and you feel drawn to the persistence of once consistent theme in the
pages: Scott loves what he does.
First of all congrats, on the book.
I like the flow of the book
it is not all about booze and drugs and broads.
(Laughs) Well I look at it this
way, even if that was my life. If my life was that I wouldn't have done a book
unless I felt I did something different than what has been done a hundred times
already. There are so many of those same books out already. So for me ,unless
somehow my booze and drugs and women story was so much greater than someone
else. But they all tend to blur a little to me. That was the thing going into
this. I did not want to do a book just for the sake of doing a book.
Do you find that others in the industry have a difficult time continuing
once they become parents?
Yeah, absolutely. Obviously, if
you're a parent that enjoys being a parent. Makes touring for a long time very
difficult. Three of us in the band have children so you know we just find ways
to make it as painless as possible. So everyone doesn't have to be away for too
long from their families.
Being a dad, and a husband. How
has your perspective on the world changed or has it?
Well it makes things in life
simpler. Because family comes first. Everything else would stop If I needed it
to. Just makes things a lot easier in one way. Easier to focus on family.
Would you want your son to grow up to be a musician?
If he wants to be. yes.
How much do you feel the industry for metal has changed with the
advent of social media?
I don't know. I don't know what
effect it truly has.Whatever it does it
doesn't make up for people stealing records.I have a twitter account. What is the end game? I don't see the positive
of getting your music out there for free. For me making a record used to be
special. Getting signed by people ,who understood bands and understood talent
development. Making a cd was not something everyone could do. And there is a
reason for that. There are not going to be 5 million great bands. But if you go
online there are 5 million things to listen to. I think it just creates clutter
and confusion truthfully. I don't think anyone will discover the next Metallica
or Zeppelin because someone uploaded their songs to the internet. I hate to
sound like a crabby old man but nothing makes up for the fact that music is
stolen all day long.
Do you come across new bands that interest you?
I am not actively out there
looking. I have friends that send me stuff. They get every metal record that
comes out in the hopes that they are going to be pleasantly surprised.Once in awhile someone plays me something
that I might like. But I already have 48,000 songs on my iPod to choose from. There
is a band called Rival Sons, not a metal band. I really get into. very derivative
of zeppelin and the 70's
In the book you did mention at one point the guys in Metallica were
considering replacing Lars. Was that some sort of drunken bravado or a serious tone?
I mean you were there so your perspective is key.
I don't think it was drunken
bravado. It was something they were definitely talking about at that time.
Quick guitar question. Tube or digital amps?
How cool was it to jam with Peter Chris and Ace Frehley at the Eddie
Trunk anniversary show?
Yeah. It was great. To get to
play some of those songs with those dudes it was really a special moment. I had
played with Ace a few times before but I never jammed with Peter. And certainly
not together so it was definitely a trip. It sometimes hard to wrap your head
around things like that. To go back to being a kid and remembering how into
Kiss I was and then to think that I would someday be jamming with them. It
blows my mind.
The new Anthrax is in the works?
Yeah we have just been writing
and will continue to write until we feel we are ready. We have a lot of really
good material. Just keep going until we are ready. Somehow we just know.
With the conclusion of the
interview I shut off my phone and concentrated on his every word. Here was a
true master of the metallifestyle. From
the early days struggling to get a record deal to the globe trekking superstar,
Scott Ian has remained loyal to himself, his band, and his art form. Pick up a
copy of "I'm The man" today and read it for yourself.
The Harp Twins are twin ladies who know how to rock! They have
played for heads of state and celebrities around the country. But they are true
music fans as well as fans of metal! They perform a variety of Television theme songs as
well as covers by such notable classic metal acts like, Iron Maiden, Ozzy, And
even AC/DC. Not only does their music sound amazing but their videos are
equally fantastic, visual representations, of their passion.
1. Your cover of Iron Maiden's "Fear Of The
Dark" is excellent. It is what led me
to discover your music. Are there any plans to do more
Thanks so much! “Fear of the Dark” is our favorite Maiden song and
we had a
ton of fun covering it! We also recently posted a video for our
“Dance of Death” – which was our most elaborate music video to
date! We have
gotten a lot of requests to cover more Iron Maiden, so you can
more in the future. We have yet another Maiden song on our “to
arrange” list that
we think our fans will love.
2. Obviously the two of you are fans of metal music as
well as other forms. Name
your top five metal acts.
That’s really difficult, because we have a lot of favorite songs
from a lot of
different groups. However, some metal acts that make the top of our
are Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Eluveitie, Angra, and Metallica.
3. Are there any bands that you would like to record
with? And perhaps perform
Oh goodness, yes! It would be a huge honor to play with any of the
artists we’ve covered!
4. The current wave of metal bands from Europe are
Symphonic and female
fronted. Do you ever see The Harp Twins perhaps fronting
your own symphonic
style metal band?
We find it awesome that there are so many female fronted European
metal bands! It would be fun to perform with a rock or metal band
some day, and
being able to rock out with a band backing us would be a dream come
true. :) :)
5. Playing for presidents and people from all manner of
life, do you have any
crazy stories that may have happened backstage or during
One of the things that we most love about performing is that every
show is different. When we’ve played for huge political events, our
always been “swept” by the Secret Service. It was amusing to see
sniffing around our harps and equipment. One time a few years ago,
playing for a church service and the pastor tripped and fell on K
communion. She and the harp were almost knocked over and there were
communion wafers all over the floor and us. Luckily, we didn’t miss
a beat and
the pastor was
fine. However, thankfully we haven’t had anything too crazy ever
6. The Harp seems a little out of reach for the average
student in school. Do you
think The Harp Twins could help to change this? Maybe
tour some schools to
inspire the younger generation?
We think that the only reason that harps seem “out of reach” is
that people tend
to not think outside of the box. Since there are so many people
that play the
piano, or violin, or guitar, people can see the potential of those
are trying to show the world that the harp can rock just as much as
instrument and it isn’t necessarily any more expensive than
learning any other
instrument. In fact, we recently partnered with Harpsicle Harps to
show what can
be done with small, affordable harps. Our most recently video is
of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train”, which we arranged specially for
Harps! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR2RVaXKQiE) When we first
wanted to learn the harp in middle school, we worked a lot of jobs
to earn money
for our instruments and lessons. We had to show our mom that we
about learning the harp. We didn’t have a lot of money, but we didn’t
stop us from following our dreams. We didn’t believe (and still don’t
anything is out of reach for someone who is willing to put in the
time and effort to
pursue their dreams. We’ve played for quite a few schools for kids
of all ages and
that is always a lot of fun! It is awesome to see the reactions of
kids to what we
can do with our harps. We definitely think our music is starting to
reach a new
audience and we would love to inspire a new generation of
musicians. We love
taking the harp where it has never been before!
7. Future plans for The Harp Twins
We’re not sure what the future holds, but world domination by the
Revolution is a definite possibility. ;) ;) We would love to
continue to perform on
our harps and act. We love traveling, so we hope our work will
allow us to see
the world. The future is full of exciting possibilities and we can’t
wait to see what
life has in store.
8. Although twins, each of you has your own unique
something about each other that people might never
K: Camille can trill really, really, high. Like ear-shatteringly
high in pitch.
C: Kennerly can whistle and I can’t whistle worth beans. It seems
like I should be
able to since
we are the same genetically!
9. Anything you would like to say to your fans.
Our fans are the BEST and we wouldn’t be where we are today without
The support of our fans means the world to us and we are so
grateful for each
and every person who supports our music and us. We try to show that
appreciation every day by spending as much time as possible interacting
them on our Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.
That's about it. I know you are busy so take your time.
Personally I think your
music and versions of classic covers are excellent. Keep
up the fantastic music
Thank you so much for your interest in our Duet Harp Revolution! We
A guitar Icon. There are few modern day guitarists who are more instantly recognizable. His tone and passion for his artistry marks him as truly one of the greatest players who ever picked up the instrument. George Lynch is constantly upgrading his legendary status with assorted projects. Now you can add Movie documentary to his long list of credits. I had a chance to speak with George Lynch about guitars, KXM, Lynch Mob, Native Americans, and Michael Sweet of stryper singing for T&N.
You have a lot going on.
As we speak I am in the studio with Oni Logan. Finishing up the Lynch Mob album.
. It has been bugging me for years to finish it. The songs are just really good and it gets frustrating having to wait but I couldn’t find any other way to commit to the time. They are important songs. Finally found a way to do it and we are just killing it in the studio. We would like to do a quick turnaround and get it out before the end of the summer.
How do you find the time to do it all? You have KXM, T&N the list goes on.
Well not every one of these projects requires me to dedicate 100% of my time to them. I work in a fragmented fashion. This week is vocals and guitar for the lynch mob record. At the end of the month Michael sweet( Stryper, Boston) and I are doing a couple of videos for the michael sweet project which is coming out next year. And then last weekend we were finishing up a video for kxm. For the next single “Faith is a room”. I just divide myself amongst the projects and try to keep it all together in my head.
It is interesting. I actually just finished the “Shadow Nation” film. It deals with Native American issues. It has a heavy music content. There is a band associated with the movie called shadow train. So that is about a month away from being finished and we have a double cd soundtrack associated with the movie. So that is another project finally being finished after three and a half years. It is challenging. More than doing records.
You have a real passion about the native American plight. Are you native?
No. Just Humanitarian issues in general. Not always just Native American. The film explores both sides of the issues. We even interviewed ted nugent for the film. that was tough because he is such a vocal person. You can’t help but like ted even though you might disagree with him. Large personality. He invited us into his home and we had a really great time.
Do you change your setup for each project or do you just leave everything the same as far as your tone and gear?
I don’t think i change the sound. I approach my writing differently. The project I am doing at the time depends on the approach. With KXM there is a different approach because of where we all come from. So the approach is different but the sound or tone stays the same. It’s a mindset. Lynch Mob is more bluesy hard rock so when I write I keep that in the back of my mind. Otherwise everything would all sound the same.
The Breakdown On the T&N version of “Into The Fire” is killer. Who came up with that and did you want something like that on the original recording?
It was just a product of me and Jeff being in the studio. Messing around with parts. In all these projects we tend to just create at the moment. It is when those ideas are the best. That part was one of those incidences. We just kept going. No we just came up with it for this recording.
We actually are discussing a name change. We had an injunction not to use tooth and nail so we went very quickly with T&N. But I was never happy with that. So we will change it. Essentially we have MIchael Sweet coming onboard. So we will have Dokken minus Don with Michael Sweet singing and playing some guitar. We got the first half of the record which is dokken covers recorded. Nice to half a second guitar player live. It will be interesting. Michael is such a great singer and he has a lot of melodic ideas. Dokken heavy. Really A fun listen. I really enjoyed it. I just wish it was out now.(laughs)
Are you up to date with your social media?
I just do emails. That is about it. I’m aware of it but I don’t do that. I know how to but we have people that help us. I really don’t see it’s usage reflected in album sales. We try to keep everyone in touch but I don't have any way of seeing if it helps album sales. Spotify and other streaming services don’t really help out the artist in any way. The amount of money paid out is minimal. For those of us working hard in the trenches it makes it real hard to pay your bills if the music is given away for free. For a lot of us it is not easy. I just don’t think it is right. If we all lived in a shared communism system then sure music can be free. But we don’t live in that world. I don’t know why it is allowed. There is a lot that goes into those “free” downloads. Everybody needs to make a living.