On December 14, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian was interviewed on the 94.3 The Shark radio station in Farmingdale, New York about his second book, "Access All Areas: Stories From A Hard Rock Life". You can now watch the chat below.
Asked how he would explain ANTHRAX's enduring popularity, Ian said: "I don't know. Someone asked me the other day, 'How do you remain relevant?' I said, 'I wish I had the answer to that.' We just do the best we can — just write songs and we always try to be the best live band we can be, and that's how you stay relevant. But it doesn't mean it's gonna work, just 'cause we think it's gonna work. I'm sure every band out there thinks their record is great and their shows are great, and they could be right. It's always been a fucking mystery to me; I don't know. [Laughs] We just do what we do. We just work really hard all the time. And that's what we do."
"Access All Areas: Stories From A Hard Rock Life" was made available on December 12, 2017 from Hachette Audio as a digital download, and in hardcover and ebook from De Capo Press. The book has tales of humor, excess, fun, debauchery, food, booze, and mayhem from Scott's many years on the road as well as his encounters with celebrities like "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (PANTERA),Trent Reznor (NINE INCH NAILS),Madonna, Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD),John Carpenter, Robert Trujillo (METALLICA),SLAYER, David Lee Roth (VAN HALEN),and many more.
ANTHRAX will release its long-awaited live-in-concert DVD, "Kings Among Scotland", on April 27, 2018 via Megaforce. Captured last February 15 at the band's sold-out concert at Glasgow's Barrowland Ballroom, the two-hour set incorporates the band's entire live show along with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and other B-roll shot on the band's tour bus, backstage, in hotels and elsewhere. The DVD will also include a "gear rundown" from each of the band members.
The release of "Kings Among Scotland" will be preceded by ANTHRAX's North American co-headline tour with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE — "KillThrax 2018" — set to kick off January 25 in Montreal.
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