Scott Ian Gave Anthrax Ultimatum Over Joey Belladonna


(Metal Hammer) Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has revealed he forced the band to choose between him and singer Joey Belladonna in 1992. And he says they should have given the frontman a chance to prove himself as they moved towards a different sound, rather than deciding they needed a replacement.

John Bush took over from classic-era singer Belladonna, who returned to the band in 2010 and has since recorded two further albums with them. Ian said last year that the lineup change was a result of his own "immaturity," adding: "I never had a problem with the way Joey was singing the words I was writing. Once we got to Persistence Of Time it wasn't working for me any more."

He recently told WTF With Marc Maron: "I just truly didn't have the patience any more. I was writing the words and I couldn't deal with the fact that someone else was singing, but I couldn't sing.

"I couldn't stand it any more - 'These are my words, these are my feelings, and you're not me.' My solution at the time was turning around to the rest of the band and saying, 'It's either him or me.'" Read more here.

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