Scott Ian: Why I’m Missing Anthrax Shows
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has issued a statement, explaining why he’ll be sitting out some of the band’s upcoming shows, including the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth Park.
“I won’t be playing the shows scheduled from July 2 – 16 in Europe and the UK. My wife Pearl and I are expecting our first child and she is due literally the day of the Big 4 Sonisphere show in France.
“This decision to miss these shows was a deeply personal one. Becoming a father is the biggest, best thing that’s ever happened to me, and it made the decision relatively easy. My priority is with my wife and the birth of our first child.
“As soon as I was faced with this decision, I knew, as Freddie Mercury so eloquently said, ‘The show must go on’. I started thinking about guitar players I knew, guys that I am a fan of, guys that I respect, guys that headbang like Angus (Young) was watching them, guys that I listen to and who I thought had the spirit to enable the show to go on.This wasn’t a hard decision at all. I asked the rest of the band what they thought, and we were on the same page.
“We chose Andreas (Kisser from Sepultura), because we feel he can do the gig better than anyone. He has the fire, the attitude, and the crushing right hand to do the gig. I’ve played with Andreas and we are kindred spirits. We both play every show like we’re going to jail the next day, like it’s the last show we’ll ever play. He has what it takes and he has the experience and history to fucking bring it and make these Anthrax shows something special. I can’t wait to see and hear it for myself!”
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