Anthrax's Scott Ian May Bring Spoken Word Tour Stateside

(Radio.com) There's nothing really like talking with Anthrax's Scott Ian. Whether the topic is KISS (one of his early favorite bands), Public Enemy (who he feels deserves their spot in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame), food or sports, he's one of the most fascinating subjects to interview. And he may doing a lot of talking in the future, from the stage.

Having done a "Speaking Words" tour of England he's considering bringing it to the United States. Being the personable guy that he is, he passes the mic into the audience at the end of the show for a brief Q&A session. He told Radio.com what the fans really want to know, when they get their chance to ask him anything.

"Most of the questions about about, did I sleep with Kelly Bundy?" he laughs, referencing Anthrax's guest appearance on Married With Children in the '90s. "I try to explain, Kelly Bundy's a fictional character. Or did I sleep with Christina Applegate? "Or what's it like to have Meat Loaf as a father-in-law?" He is married to Meat Loaf's daughter, Pearl, with whom he sometimes performs.

He says that it's not a solo acoustic gig, but he might bring a guitar to make light of some of his lyrics, particularly those he wrote for his other band, S.O.D. He cites "Kill Yourself" as a likely suspect to get the solo treatment.

Also in the works is his memoir, which he has been working on with Jon Weiderhorn, author of Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal (Ian wrote the intro for that book; read our review here). When will that be out? "Probably next year," he says, noting that the book is going to be presented "In a very different way, that nobody else has done. It's gonna be different than any other rock book."

Another book he's contributed to is The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists; he gave them his list of "Top 11 Things People Say To Start A Conversation With Me" (read our review of that book here). That list includes "Do you still play music?," "I used to listen to you" and "Can I touch your beard?"

Of course, any conversation with Scott has to include metal. So we asked about his favorite metal album cover (Iron Maiden's KIllers), the most underrated metal band (Exodus), the influence of Black Sabbath ("There would be no Anthrax if there was no Black Sabbath") and about the song "Judas Priest" from Anthrax's last album, the universally loved Worship Music.

He explains how the tribute came to be: "We had a piece of music that didn't have a title for, for some reason the working title was 'Judas Priest.'" Then when Priest made the announcement that they were going on their final world tour, they decided to use the song to pay their respects. As it turned out, Judas Priest aren't actually retiring at all, as Rob Halford recently told us. more on this story

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