Heavy Metal Artwork conducted an interview with ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian about his recently completed "Speaking Words" U.K. spoken-word tour. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked whose idea it was for him to embark on a "Speaking Words" tour of the U.K., Ian told Geeks Of Doom: "The tour was my idea. The initial one show that I did last November was my agent's idea. He booked three shows: one with me, one with Chris Jericho, and one with Duff McKagan. They were all about two weeks apart and each did a talking show and it was his idea to do that series of shows and it went really well for all three of us and I was the one who said after my show, I want to do more, can we do more dates, can we book a tour? And here I am."
Regarding how he decided which stories to tell during the show, Ian said: "I just felt like going into the stories about drugs [hilarious stories about tripping on mushrooms and bad experiences with smoking pot] made sense after the opening and I knew I wanted to do the Lemmy story because I just got the illustrations back yesterday and I just wanted to see how that played. So I wanted to do that and then I wasn't sure if I was going to do [Dimebag] Darrell. I thought I was going to tell the Cliff Burton [late METALLICA bassist] story and then I ended up telling a shortened version of that in the [question-and-answer session]. I don't know why I went into the Darrell story, because I really wasn't sure where I was going to go after Lemmy and I just decided on the fly that I would tell that Dime story right then and there."
Ian also spoke about his expectations for the tour. He said: "I don't have any expectation that I'm going to come out and sell out 400 people a night. It's the first time I've ever done it. I'm not that big enough of a guy in a band. I feel those ticket sales are just based on curiosity. If I was Dave Grohl, I'm sure I could get 500 people to show up to watch me read a book for two hours! But that's Dave, he's in a much bigger band than I am, so I think it's definitely a growing process. I can only hope that people had fun tonight; it seems like they did. If I come back through Oxford another time, word of mouth will have spread and maybe 150 people will show up."