“People ask me all the time ‘What’s the craziest thing you have ever seen or been involved in?’ Everyone wants to know what the craziest stories are. That’s what this tour is about. It’s just the stories of the craziest things I have ever been a part of.”
If you know who Scott Ian is, you know just how damn interesting that statement is.
If you somehow don’t know who he is, we are talking about a guy whose band Anthrax are not only part of the Big 4 (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax), but are seen as the founding fathers of Trash Metal. Ian is a guy who pretty much invented the metal/rap cross over (Public Enemy & Anthrax – ‘Bring The Noise’) and is an established non-fiction and comic book author as well as a TV star… I’m going to stop there, because truthfully Scott Ian needs no introduction at all; his life and achievements truly speak for themselves. That’s why we are so incredibly stoked for his ‘One Man Riot’ Spoken Word Tour which will be coming to Australia after his lengthy tour stint with Anthrax, who are currently supporting Slayer on their final tour.
“The tour has been amazing man; the shows are huge with amazing crowds. People are really showing up for this, I mean, it’s Slayer’s goodbye tour and it’s going to last a little while but people are really getting into it,” Ian explains, expanding on his long running relationship with Slayer.
“We had the Clash Of The Titans Tour that we did with Slayer and Megadeth in 1991 and that was the first time we teamed up in a big way,” he continues. “The Big 4 thing didn’t happen until 2010, but we have all been friends since… let me think…I met the Metallica guys in ’82 when Dave was still in the band, I met the Slayer guys not long after that, so we have all known each other a really long time.”
With a friendship spanning multiple decades with Slayer, it will be interesting to see if there are any new stories that will pop up when Ian’s show does come to Australia. Telling his favourite stories from his life, the One Man Riot show will truly a special occasion for Anthrax fans and for Ian who expressed his love for Australia.
“There’s a huge difference between me actually telling a story and writing it; like in my autobiographies. There’s so much more detail when I’m on stage and there are so many other tangents and roads that I go down. It’s a really cool experience man,” Ian reveals. “On top of that, I’m just so excited at the fact that I get to come down and do this; it’s just amazing to me. I love doing these shows and being able to share this part of my life with people and the fact that I get to come to Australia to tell stories from my life is incredible to me. It’s not like I get to come to Australia every six months so it’s a really big deal me being able to come down here. I’m really excited to get there.”
When & Where: Goldfields Theatre (MCEC), Melbourne – September 26. Tickets via scott-ian.com/
Written by Alex Callan