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Scott Ian

Scott Ian in 2005
Background information
Birth name Scott Ian Rosenfeld
Born December 31, 1963 (1963-12-31) (age 46)
Queens, New York, United States
Genres Heavy metal, thrash metal, crossover thrash
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, bass, vocals
Years active 1981–present
Associated acts Anthrax, Stormtroopers of Death, Damnocracy, Pearl,
Notable instruments
Washburn Scott Ian Signature Model

Scott Ian Rosenfeld (born December 31, 1963), better known by the stage name Scott Ian, is an American musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist for the heavy metal band Anthrax. Ian is also the guitarist and a founding member of the crossover thrash band Stormtroopers of Death. He has hosted The Rock Show on VH1 and has appeared on VH1's I Love the... series, Heavy: The Story of Metal and SuperGroup. Ian remains the sole constant member of Anthrax, being the only member to remain with the band since its formation.

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Personal life

Rosenfeld was born to a Jewish family in the Bayside section of the New York City borough of Queens on the last day of 1963. He has a younger brother named Jason who was involved in Anthrax briefly. Witnessing Kiss live for the first time at Madison Square Garden in 1977 made a huge impact on Ian, who has been very vocal over the years about his love for the band, and even appeared on an episode of Gene Simmons Family Jewels in which he visited Simmons at his home and spoke about the impact Kiss had on his life and career. Ian went on to discover and be influenced by British heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, as well as by NYC hardcore. He credits Motörhead and Judas Priest as the biggest influence on the Anthrax sound, and has cited Ted Nugent among his biggest guitar influences.

Ian is married to singer Pearl Aday, daughter of famed singer Meat Loaf.

He has taken up poker and is now an online pro at UltimateBet. He finished 637th in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event taking home $21,365.[1] He has also shown himself to be a devout Battlestar Galactica fan, posting numerous blogs about the show and also making an appearance for the red carpet series finale.

Career

In 1981, Ian formed Anthrax with bassist Danny Lilker. He is the only original member of Anthrax still in the band. In 2005, they reformed the Among the Living era lineup to release an anthology album, DVD and embarked on a world tour.

Ian filmed a reality series for VH1 called "SuperGroup". Scott along with Ted Nugent (guitar), Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard, bass), Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row; vocals) and Jason Bonham (Bonham, UFO, Foreigner; drums) filmed in Las Vegas, with the premise being to lock several musicians in a house for 12 days and get them to write new, original music and perform a concert. In addition to the five musicians, star manager Doc McGhee (Kiss) was in charge and was also living in the house for the duration of filming/recording. The show's first episode aired in May, 2006. Scott Ian, along with Bonham was portrayed as one of the more laid back and put together band members, while the show was very much revolved around Sebastian Bach, with Nugent and Seinfeld trying to straighten out his drinking problems. However there were quite a few scenes on the show in which Scott Ian expressed his admiration for Ted Nugent, claiming that he "couldn't believe he was playing in a band with Ted Nugent."

Ian also appears on comedian Brian Posehn's music video "Metal By Numbers", which appears on Posehn's MySpace.

He has recently worked with underground emcee/producer Necro for his Death Rap album.

Ian revealed that he'd "been in the studio working on the new Anthrax album since November 4," in his monthly Food Coma column.[2], which was posted on December 22, 2008. Ian went on to say that drums, bass and rhythm had been laid down on a total of 19 tracks, and that the process of laying down vocals had begun. "We should be mixing at the end of January and soon after that giving birth to a really pissed off, loud, fast and heavy child.[3]"

Bands

Discography

with Anthrax

with Stormtroopers of Death

Date of Release Title Label Chart positions US sales
December 1985 Speak English or Die Megaforce Records
October 24, 1992 Live at Budokan Megaforce Records
May 22, 1999 Bigger than the Devil Nuclear Blast Records
August 21, 2007 Rise Of The Infidels Megaforce Records

Stormtroopers of Death Videos

Date of Release Title Label Chart positions US sales
January 23, 2001 Kill Yourself: The Movie (DVD or VHS) Nuclear Blast Records
September 25, 2001 Speak English or Live (DVD) Nuclear Blast Records
July 26, 2005 20 Years of Dysfunction Nuclear Blast Records

Collaborations

  • Performed with Public Enemy during the Rock the Bells 2007 tour.
  • Comedian Brian Posehn's music video "Metal By Numbers."
  • Wrote the DC 2-part comic Lobo: Highway to Hell (2-part series, illustrated by Sam Kieth)
  • Played guitar on "Apocalypse (Theme from The Plan)", a track on Bear McCreary's Razor/The Plan soundtrack.[4]

Television

Equipment

Scott Ian previously used Washburn SI series guitars and currently uses Randall Amplifiers Vmax and V2 heads. He is also known to use Dimebag Darrell tribute Deans and Washburns.[5][6][7] Prior to that he used Jackson Guitars, and has started using Jackson guitars again and during the mid 80's used ESP guitars for a while, also getting Kirk Hammett his ESP endorsement. Scott does also use a DigiTech Signature distortion.[8] many of his guitars have been equipped with custom made Seymour Duncan pickups.[9]

In late 2009, Scott may have ended his endorsement with Washburn and went back to Jackson guitars. He can be seen using a custom made Soloist and Randy Rhoads guitar during the 2009 Sonisphere Festival. He still can be seen using Randall amplifiers.

Guitars

  • Jackson custom Soloist
  • Jackson custom Randy Rhoads
  • Washburn SI75TI
  • Washburn WV540VASI
  • Washburn WV40VASI
  • Washburn SI60MW
  • Washburn SI61G
  • Jackson JJ-1
  • Jackson JJ-2
  • Jackson Custom made 5 String
  • ESP Custom M-II
  • Seymour Duncan El Diablo/Scott Ian custom shop pickups
  • DR Strings ..010-.052
  • DR Strings .018-.056 (for JJ-5)
  • Dunlop Tortex .88mm Picks
  • ESP M-100FM

Effects

  • BBE 462 Sonic Maximizer
  • DigiTech WH-2 Whammy Pedal
  • DigiTech Black 13
  • DigiTech XMC Chorus pedal
  • Korg DTR-1 Tuner
  • Rocktron HUSH IIC
  • Samson UHF Synth 6 Wireless

Amplifiers

  • Randall V2 400 Watt Heads
  • Randall V-Max Heads
  • Randall XL 4x12 Cabs
  • Randall XL 2x12 and 1x15 Cabs
  • Marshall JCM 800

References

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