ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian will embark on a spoken-word tour of Australia in September. The "One Man Riot" trek will include stops in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.
Sep. 24 - Dunstan Playhouse - Adelaide, SA, Australia
Sep. 26 - Goldfields Theatre - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Sep. 29 - Metro Theatre - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Oct. 01 - The Tivoli - Fortitude Valley, QLD, Australia
Tickets for the shows go on sale Thursday, July 5 at 9 a.m. VIP upgrades are available at Scott-Ian.com.
Ian previously stated about his spoken-word tour: "This ain't no poetry reading. This isn't an evening of sensitive discourse. It's an evening of ridiculous truth. It's me talking (swearing) about this insane life I've led over the last  years, the people I've met and the shit that's happened. And when I'm done swearing, you can ask me anything you want, the floor is yours."
In an interview with Decibel magazine, Ian said that the spoken-word format is something he has "always wanted to do, and I've always been trying to figure out how can I do this, how would I ever make this possible. I've seen [Henry] Rollins do it all these years; I saw Rollins, maybe on the first time he ever did a tour I went to see what it was going to be about," he said. "I mean, I am a huge fan of Rollins's music and I had read all his books at the time, so I really knew that he had a point of view and something he needed to express and he did it really well. It's something that I always wanted to do and I finally had the opportunity."
Asked where he got the material from and whether it was something that he had sketched out in advance, Scott said: "I am certainly not a joke writer nor am I a stand-up comedian, but I just feel that my life is, in so many ways, ridiculous. The last  years of my life spent in a metal band; I've got so many stories, whether it's shit that I've done, people that I've met, stories that I know from other people … I've kinda been in this bubble for so long. I sit around in bars with my friends and I'll get around to telling stories, as we all do, and most of my friends are in this industry or connected to it somehow, so we all have stories and we all sit down and tell stories to each other and crack each other up. I always felt that people need to hear this stuff. This shit is hilarious. It's just a really fun thing for me to do, to relate to people on that level. That's what it is. That's what the material is; it's shit that I have been through in my life."