During a recent interview with Long Island Pulse, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian spoke about his involvement with “SuperGroup”, the 2006 VH1 “reality” TV program starring Ian, former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach, Ted Nugent, ex-BIOHAZARD bassist/vocalist Evan Seinfeld and drummer Jason Bonham (BONHAM, UFO, FOREIGNER). The premise of the show, which was filmed in February and March 2006, was to lock several musicians in a house for 12 days and get them to write and record some new original music. In addition to the five musicians, manager Doc McGhee (KISS) was in charge for the duration of filming/recording. The all-star band — dubbed DAMNOCRACY — also performed a headlining set at the Empire Ballroom in Las Vegas.
“I had a blast doing that,” Scott said. “I really have nothing bad to say about it. I got to live… as a rock star, for a couple of weeks in Las Vegas and really just had no responsibility. We had limousines on call for us 24 hours a day… It’s an experience that is very much an anomaly in my life. And I just kind of went with it the best I could. I don’t think I betrayed myself and became somebody different on that TV show. I was very much myself. I’ve had a lot of people tell me, ‘You and Jason Bonham were, like, the voices of reason on that show.’ And I’m, like, ‘Well, I don’t know about all that, but I was just myself. That’s who I am.’ I didn’t feel like I needed to put on a bigger personality to be on that TV show.”
Ian‘s second book, “Access All Areas: Stories From A Hard Rock Life”, is being released today (Tuesday, December 12) via Da Capo Press. It is the follow-up to his 2014 autobiography, “I’m The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax”, which came out in October 2014.
“Access All Areas” 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, and many more.
“‘I’m The Man’ is an autobiography. This one fills in the blanks,” Scott said. “It’s 23 stories from my life. Some of them from when I was a kid and most of them from my years in the band, touring, experiences I’ve had, crazy places I’ve been and situations I’ve been a part of, most of which I call my ‘Who the hell let me in here?’ moments.”
ANTHRAX is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, “For All Kings”, which was released in February 2016.