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Scott Ian Bio
In a career spanning three decades, Scott Ian, as the founding member of Anthrax, helped to create the “New Wave of American Heavy Metal” in the mid-80s alongside Metallica. Three time Grammy nominated, MTV VMA nominees and Multi-Platinum and Gold Awarded music veterans, Anthrax, have sold over 10 Million records worldwide including nine studio albums, two live albums, three greatest hits, plus DVDs. Touring pros, Anthrax has performed on over fifty tours spanning the globe; in thirty-two countries on five continents including Europe, North America, South America, Australia, and Asia.
Pushing the envelope in the metal genre to it’s bursting point in 1991, Scott came up with the idea to crossover with rap pioneers Public Enemy and record what was to become the foundation of the Rap/Rock genre that exploded in the nineties. With their hit “Bring The Noise” Anthrax reached new heights kicking open the door for such bands as Rage Against The Machine, Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock, and Linkin Park. In 2005 Scott was invited by Chuck D of Public Enemy to perform “Bring The Noise” with them as part of their induction into VH1’s Hip Hop Honors Hall Of Fame.
Continually recording and touring through the nineties and into the new millennium, Anthrax has maintained the kind of career that only a handful of others can lay claim to as well.
Scott is widely known as the face of Anthrax and to his friends as “Laminate Face”, for being a constant and extremely recognizable figure in the worlds of music, fashion, movies and television.
Scott parlayed his success with the band into a television gig with VH1 in 2001 when they asked him to host “Rock Show.” During his forty eight episodes as host, Scott interviewed numerous celebrity guests and friends including; Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Halford, Ted Nugent, Stone Temple Pilots, Megadeth, Three Doors Down, Sevendust, Tenacious D, and The Cult. Scott is also a regular commentator on various VH1 shows including the “I Love The 70s, 80s, and 90s” series, “100 Most Metal Moments”, “Awesomely Bad Number One Songs”, “When Metallica Ruled The World”, Metallica’s “Behind The Music”, Pantera’s “Behind The Music” and Anthrax’s own “Behind The Music.” Scott was prominently featured in VH1’s “History Of Heavy Metal”.
In June of 2006 Scott starred in the VH1 reality series “SuperGroup” with Ted Nugent, Sebastian Bach, Jason Bonham and Evan Seinfeld. The show was a huge success and once again pushed the boundaries of Scott’s career to new heights.
Anthrax have also announced a short spring 2008 tour, kicking off with a warmup club show at Chicago’s Double Door on May 28th, 2008. The Chicago warm-up show will be the band’s first live performance with their new singer Dan Nelson. In addition to the band’s classic hits from their 25 year career, Anthrax will for the first time ever perform brand new material from their current writing sessions.
After the warm-up show, Anthrax will then fly to Los Angeles and join Iron Maiden on their “Somewhere Back In Time” world tour. Anthrax is direct supporting Iron Maiden at the May 30th and 31st shows at Irvine, CA’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
Scott Ian states, “It is an absolute honor to be asked to open the Irvine shows for the Kings of Metal Iron Maiden. Anthrax’s tours with Iron Maiden are my all time favorites. Up The Irons!!!”
Scott Ian and Anthrax is currently writing for their new album. This will be their first studio album since 2003’s “We’ve Come For You All,” and also their first album with Dan Nelson on vocals.