ANTHRAX Guitarist SCOTT IAN: 'Who Gives A S**t About Cover Songs? We're So Far Away From That'

Arielle Castillo of the Miami New Times has posted outtakes from this week's print feature interview with ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Miami New Times: ANTHRAX is billed as "special guests" on [the "American Carnage"] tour. Does this mean you're playing a shorter set than MEGADETH and SLAYER?

Scott Ian: When we got asked to do this, the tour was already an existing thing. They were already out there doing this with TESTAMENT opening, and then they were like, "Hey, do you want to come out for a month and do this?" Logistically they couldn't change it around and make it work where all three bands could play an hour-and-a-half. The show was already sold as a package for X amount of hours, and blah, blah, blah. I don't need to bore you with that, but basically there was no way to make it a longer night because the show had been sold as a set amount of hours. We're the special guests, so we'll get everyone nice and warmed up, and then drink beer and watch.

Miami New Times: You had already recorded some of your upcoming album when Joey Belladonna rejoined the band as the singer. What are you going to do with the previous material? Is he going to re-record the vocals, or are you just going to write new material for him to sing?

Scott Ian: Both, all that. We're keeping some of it and Joey's going to re-sing it, and we're writing new stuff.

Miami New Times: Early track lists for the record included covers of songs by REFUSED and ALICE IN CHAINS. Will those still make it?

Scott Ian: We have no idea.

Miami New Times: So were those covers ever supposed to be part of the mix, or was that something totally made up on the Internet?

Scott Ian: Possibly. I don't know.

Miami New Times: Um, so will you be including any covers on the new album, or not?

Scott Ian: I don't know. Who gives a shit about cover songs?! We're so far away from that.

Read more from Miami New Times.

Professionally filmed video footage of ANTHRAX's June 22, 2010 performance at the Sonisphere festival in Sofia, Bulgaria can be viewed below.

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