ANTHRAX Guitarist Scott Ian On First Show Of Spoken Word UK Tour - "People Were Laughing In All The Right Places"

June 22, 2013, 4 years ago

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ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian is featured in a new interview with Geeks Of Doom about his spoken word tour. An excerpt is available below:

Geeks of Doom: What’s your assessment of your first show?

Scott Ian: "I thought they were really receptive. I felt like everything worked, people were laughing in all the right places, and I think people really connected with it, they felt good about it. I could tell right away, even just the dead silence when I’m reading my intro bit, that’s when I knew I had them. Because I could feel it, when you’re up there you can feel people if you can feel how uncomfortable they are in the beginning and then when I break that tension I feel like OK, I got it now. Then I know I’ve got them and they’re willing to follow me down any path I’m going to take them at that point. I thought they were really, really receptive, really got it and were really happy to be there."

Geeks of Doom: How did you decide which stories you would tell tonight? Like you said you have the MINISTRY stories and I’m guessing loads of others.

Scott Ian: "I just felt like going into the stories about drugs (hilarious stories about tripping on mushrooms and bad experiences with smoking pot) made sense after the opening and I knew I wanted to do the Lemmy (MOTÖRHEAD) story because I just got the illustrations back yesterday and I just wanted to see how that played. So I wanted to do that and then I wasn’t sure if I was going to do Darrell (PANTERA). I thought I was going to tell the Cliff Burton (METALLICA) story and then I ended up telling a shortened version of that in the Q&A.; I don’t know why I went into the Darrell story because I really wasn’t sure where I was going to go after Lemmy and I just decided on the fly that I would tell that Dime story right then and there."

Geeks of Doom: Who’s idea was it to take you on a Speaking Words tour of the UK?

Scott Ian: "The tour was my idea. The initial one show that I did last November was my agent’s idea. He booked three shows: one with me, one with Chris Jericho (FOZZY), and one with Duff McKagan (LOADED, ex-GUNS N' ROSES). They were all about two weeks apart and each did a talking show and it was his idea to do that series of shows and it went really well for all three of us and I was the one who said after my show, I want to do more, can we do more dates, can we book a tour? And here I am."

Go to this location for the complete interview.

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