Thursday, April 28, 2016

Anthrax's Scott Ian: "If everybody that recognized me bought our albums, we'd be as big as Adele"

Anthrax's Scott Ian was recently interviewed by, you can read some excerpts below.

About the fact that he is arguably the most well-known and most recognizable guy in Anthrax, thanks mainly to his goatee which, some people have joked, actually lays claim to its own zip code, he said: "I wish everybody that recognized me would buy the record. Then we'd be as big as Adele. I get recognized everywhere in public… But nine times out of ten, it's people who recognize my face but they really have no clue. I wish there was a way to make this happen: 'Oh, you want a picture? Okay, well buy the record right now and we'll take a photo.' You know, what do I get out of it?"

According to Ian, he can easily deduce if the person approaching him is a fan of Anthrax or just someone looking for a photo opportunity: "Trust me: I can tell the difference between a person who's really into the band and someone who's walking up to me because they probably saw me on VH1 for half a second and they think they're about to meet somebody famous. And I do my best not to destroy their hopes and dreams in those situations. If it's a fan, it's a completely different story. The experience will probably be much better for that person. And people may think, 'Well, how can you tell?' Trust me: You can tell. When someone's asking, 'I recognize you. Where would I know you from?' And I'm like, you know what, it's really not my responsibility to answer that question. It's not up to me to finish that sentence. It's up to you. I just feel like if you are going to approach somebody, which is something I never do, but if you are going to approach somebody, you should know who you're talking to. I don't think that's a lot to ask."

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