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-80’s alongside Metallica. Three time Grammy nominated, MTV VMA nominees and Multi-Platinum and Gold Awarded music veterans, Anthrax, have sold over 10,000,000 records worldwide including nine studio albums, two live albums, and two “greatest hits” collections. 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. Scott also joined Public Enemy on the Rock The Bells tour in the summer of 2007.
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. 2009 saw the band celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of its debut album Fistful Of Metal.
Scott is widely known as the face of Anthrax and for being a constant and extremely recognizable figure in the worlds of music, poker, comics, 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 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s” 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.
In the summer of 2010 Scott and Anthrax played the Sonisphere Festival in Europe where for the first time in history The Big Four; Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth performed together on the same stage for seven historic shows. The show in Sofia Bulgaria was streamed live into 1000 movie theaters worldwide and was filmed/recorded for a DVD release which has since gone on to multi-platinum and /or gold sales status in the U.S., Australia, Germany, Canada, England and France.
The Big 4 continued it’s world domination with its first U.S. show in Indio CA at the Empire Polo Grounds on April 23. 55,000 fans came out for the first ever appearance of these four thrash giants on U.S. soil. Next up for the Big 4 are five European shows in July 2011 (dates below) and then Yankee Stadium in NYC on Sept 14 2011.
In 2008 DC Comics asked Scott to take their iconic character Lobo and write a 2 issue prestige format series for that character. Books one and two of Lobo: Highway To Hell were released in November and December of 2009 to critical and commercial acclaim. Scott is now working on his second series for DC Comics featuring The Demon scheduled for a fall 2011 release.
Scott is currently in the studio recording what will be the tenth studio album by Anthrax scheduled for a September 2011 release.
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