Exclusive: Watch a Clip From Scott Ian's 'Swearing Words In Glasgow' DVD
Anthrax guitarist says performing spoken word is like 'teaching an old dog a new trick.'
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian's upcoming DVD Swearing Words in Glasgow (Megaforce Records, Nov. 13) captures the Glasgow, Scotland, date of the 2013 U.K. leg of his Swearing Words tour. During the spoken-word performances, Ian tells outrageous stories about his life, like the first time he ever met Motorhead bassist/singer Lemmy -- it was at a bar in London -- and got embarrassingly wasted.
Ian has no problem poking fun at himself, so he doesn’t mind relaying such anecdotes onstage. Since it's just him and a microphone during those performances, instead of a full band, he knows it's all up to him to do whatever it takes to keep the audience entertained.
"I embrace it because it really is a challenge for me. It's like teaching an old dog a new trick," says Ian. "I've only done maybe 30 shows so far, and there's still so much to learn. I learn every time I do it. I learn more about how to tell a story, and it's really fun for me because I'm learning a new thing. I like getting laughs. It's a different experience than playing in a band."
Billboard is exclusively premiering a clip from Swearing Words in Glasgow. In it, Ian recounts the crazy excitement he feels when he meets one of his personal idols, like Lemmy or Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi.
"Any of the guys that are my heroes from bands that I grew up with, even though I know a lot of these guys now and I can actually consider some of them friends, I still turn into a sweaty 14-year-old inside when I'm around them," Ian admits. "I may look like I'm playing it cool and I'm just one of the guys, but underneath I'm just a sweaty 14-year-old losing my mind that I'm standing there with [Kiss bassist/singer] Gene Simmons."
Ian will resume his Swearing Words tour on Jan. 8 in Tampere, Finland. He will do nine dates total in Scandinavia and Germany.