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I’m The Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax by Scott Ian with Jon Widerhorn (2015)

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I’m the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax
by Scott Ian with Jon Widerhorn
Da Capo Press, 2015
376 pages

This book has been sitting on my shelf unread for far too long; I had no idea I would enjoy it as much as I did. Scott Ian, rhythm guitarist and cofounder of thrash metal legends Anthrax, one of the “Big 4,” delivers an entertaining look at a career in the music business, complete with backstage shenanigans and headstrong bandmates. As Anthrax approaches its 35th anniversary, I’m The Man is an honest look back at the group’s history.

In addition to details about Anthrax’s history, Ian delves into the early days of Metallica and his friendship with Kirk Hammett and Cliff Burton before their popularity exploded. Some of the most interesting anecdotes revolve around Metallica, including the devastating events surrounding Burton’s untimely death. Ian was also present at the Viper Room with River Phoenix overdosed, though he did not know the actor personally and was not with him when it occurred.

There is quite a bit of foul language in the book, but if you can overlook that you will get a behind-the-scenes look at a struggling rock star’s life. The only complaint I have is the omission of Ian’s experience with Sebastian Bach, Ted Nugent, and Jason Bonham in VH1’s reality show Super Group. Aside from that, the guitarist covers a lot of ground in his career in Anthrax.

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Revolver Golden Gods

Voting is open for the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods. I’m not crazy about all the nominations; I feel a lot of deserving artists were left out. Here’s how I voted…

  • Best drummer: Charlie Benante (Anthrax) – Anthrax and Foo Fighters were the only bands mentioned here that I was really familiar with. If I could have written in a vote, I would have given it to Alex Van Halen.
  • Best guitarists: Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick (Megadeth) – Again, the only ones that I know anything about. I’ve seen Five Finger Death Punch in concert, but I was not impressed.
  • Best vocalist: Sebastian Bach – His latest album was not that great, but I didn’t like any of the other nominees. Honestly, I’m not sure who I would have written in on this one. Most of my favorites are way past their prime.
  • Album of the year: Anthrax, ‘Worship Music’ – “The year” is evidently 2011. While this made my list of best releases of the year, it wasn’t at the top. Alice Cooper and Sixx:A.M. tied for the best of the year in my book.
  • Best live band: Guns N’ Roses – I only saw two hard rock concerts last year: Judas Priest (with Thin Lizzy and Black Label Society), and Guns N’ Roses (with D Generation). Both were nominated, and as great as Priest was, GNR was better.
  • Most metal athlete: Evan Longoria (MLB baseball) – The only baseball player on the list.
  • Comeback of the year: Van Halen – As if there was any question.
  • Riff lord: Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen) – Best hard rock guitarist ever.
  • Best bassist: Wolfgang Van Halen (Van Halen) – This was a difficult category. Michael Anthony (Chickenfoot) was also nominated, but I really don’t like Chickenfoot that much. Nikki Sixx (Sixx:A.M.) was also nominated, and as I already mentioned, they released a great album in 2011. But after seeing Van Halen in concert last week and hearing what Wolfie can do on record, he’s the winner.
  • Best international band: -blank-– Not familiar with any of the bands, so I decided to leave this one blank.
  • Most dedicated fans: -blank- – I don’t understand this category at all. I don’t like any of the bands, so why would I vote for their fans?

Go vote now.

New radio show

Saturday was my last live broadcast for ClassX. It was a difficult decision to make, because I really do love doing the show and the station’s playlist is incredible. However, with gas prices continuing to rise, it was no longer economical to make the trip every week. Read the rest of this entry

Hard rock videos LIVE

The Endeverafter/Airbourne show in Lexington was awesome last night. I ended buying the CD of the other national band on the bill, Stonerider, and had all the guys in the band sign it for me. Rob from Hard Rock Hideout went down there with me, and took some video, so be sure to check his site to see those as soon as he gets them uploaded. While you’re waiting, though, you can check out some video of another act he saw Sunday night in Cincinnati: Joey Belladonna of Anthrax.

There are a few more videos posted at the site from the Belladonna show, as well as other bands like Tesla, Jackyl, etc. Be sure to check out Hard Rock Hideout today!

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