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Scott Ian

Scott Ian
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Scott Ian performing with Anthrax in 2019
Background information
Scott Ian Rosenfeld
Born (1963-12-31) December 31, 1963 (age 56)
Queens, New York, United States
GenresThrash metal, crossover thrash, hardcore punk, heavy metal
Musician, guitarist
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, bass
Anthrax, Stormtroopers of Death, Damnocracy, Pearl, the Damned Things, Motor Sister, Steel Panther, Mr Bungle

Scott Ian (born Scott Ian Rosenfeld;[1] December 31, 1963) is an American musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist, backing and additional lead vocalist, and the only original remaining member of the thrash metal band Anthrax. He also writes the lyrics on all their albums.[2] Ian is the guitarist and a founding member of the crossover thrash band Stormtroopers of Death for which he is also the lyricist. 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 is also the rhythm guitarist for the metal band the Damned Things, and will play with experimental band Mr. Bungle for seven scheduled reunion shows in 2020.


Early life

Scott Ian Rosenfeld (his name has since been legally changed to drop his birth surname) was born to a Jewish family[3] in the Bayside section of the New York City borough of Queens; he has a younger brother named Jason (who was involved briefly with Anthrax) and a half-brother named Sean. Ian attended Bayside High School, with classmates (and future Anthrax bandmates) Dan Lilker and Neil Turbin.

Witnessing KISS live at Madison Square Garden in 1977 made a huge impact on Ian, who has been vocal about his love for the band (Ian appeared on an episode of Gene Simmons Family Jewels, in which he visited Simmons' home and spoke about the impact KISS has had on his life). Ian went on to be influenced by British heavy metal bands such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Motörhead and Judas Priest, as well as the punk rock band The Ramones. The musical style of his playing and songwriting including fast alternate picking was also largely influenced by the German metal band Accept.

Ian states that Malcolm Young, Rudolf Schenker, and Johnny Ramone were his biggest influences to pursue rhythm guitar.


Scott Ian at Nova Rock 2014

As a founding member of Anthrax, Ian helped to create thrash metal in the mid-1980s alongside Megadeth, Slayer, and Metallica. Ian came up with the idea to collaborate with the rap group Public Enemy, covering their song "Bring the Noise" in 1991. This has been considered a foundational recording of the rap/rock genre. In 2005, Ian was invited by Chuck D of Public Enemy to perform "Bring the Noise" with them as part of their induction into VH1's Hip Hop Honors Hall of Fame. Ian also joined Public Enemy on the Rock the Bells tour in 2007.

In 2009, Anthrax completed a run of European festivals including Metallica's Sonisphere festivals in Germany and Knebworth in the U.K., highlighted by the return of singer John Bush. Anthrax returned to Japan in October 2009 with John Bush to play at the Loud Park festival in Tokyo. Anthrax's next shows were in Australia in February 2010 as a part of the Soundwave Festival. Anthrax was a part of the Sonisphere Festival in Europe in the summer of 2010, where for the first time Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth performed together on the same stage. This historic performance occurred on June 16, 2010, at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland.

Other ventures

Ian began working with music television channel VH1 in 2001, when he was asked to host the program Rock Show. During his 48 episodes as host, Ian interviewed guests including Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Halford, Ted Nugent, Stone Temple Pilots, Megadeth, 3 Doors Down, Sevendust, Tenacious D, and the Cult. Ian was a regular commentator on various VH1 shows including the I Love the... series, 100 Most Metal Moments, Awesomely Bad Number One Songs, When Metallica Ruled the World, and episodes of VH1's Behind the Music featuring Metallica, Pantera and Anthrax. Ian was prominently featured in VH1's History of Heavy Metal. In June 2006, Ian starred in the VH1 reality series SuperGroup with Ted Nugent, Sebastian Bach, Jason Bonham and Evan Seinfeld.

Ian plays guitar in the group Pearl (with his wife, Pearl Aday), who toured with Velvet Revolver and Meat Loaf. Pearl's debut album was released on January 19, 2010, through Megaforce Records. Ian performed with Pearl on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on January 20, 2010.

In 2008, DC Comics asked Ian to write a two-issue prestige-format comics series for the character Lobo. Books one and two of Lobo: Highway to Hell were released in November and December 2009.

In 2008, Ian signed with UltimateBet, the third largest internet gaming site in the world, as one of their online professional players. Ian joined professional poker players Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke as one of Ultimate Bet's star pros. He won Ultimate Bet's premier Sunday 200K tournament and cashed in in 2010's WSOP main event by finishing 634th out of 6494 players.

In 2010, Ian joined the metal supergroup the Damned Things, which released their first album on December 14, 2010. On June 21, 2011, Ian's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, Revel, thus forcing Ian to briefly depart from Anthrax's tour. Andreas Kisser of Sepultura filled in for Scott on guitar during Scott's absence.

Ian provided voice work for the Adult Swim show Metalocalypse, as the character "Some Guy Who Snuck Into Dethklok's Trunk Last Night When They Were Pretty Hammered" in the "Season III: The Dead Man" opening episode "Renovationklok", as well as providing guest voices in the episode "Tributeklok".

Ian did a spoken word tour entitled Speaking Words, starting in May 2013, in the UK.[4]

In 2014, he joined former members of Mother Superior to form Motor Sister. They released their debut album, Ride, on March 9, 2015.

Personal life

He was formerly married to his high school girlfriend, Marge Ginsburg, in the 1980s;[1] the marriage ended in divorce.

Ian is married to singer Pearl Aday, adopted daughter of singer Meat Loaf. Their first child, Revel Young Ian, was born in 2011.[5] Ian is a New York Yankees fan and enjoys snowboarding. He plays poker and is an online pro at UltimateBet; he finished 637th in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event, taking home $21,365.[6]

He is a Battlestar Galactica fan and has posted numerous blogs about the show, even making an appearance for the red carpet series finale; he also played guitar on the soundtrack of The Plan, a made-for-DVD Battlestar Galactica film. He is a fan of the television series Doctor Who, as seen in "The Best of the Doctor," which aired August 13, 2011 on BBC America (numbered episode 166).

Ian is a fan of hip hop and rap music, particularly Public Enemy and Run-DMC. He was known to wear Public Enemy shirts while performing gigs in the late 1980s. He has also said Run-DMC came out with the same aggression that metal bands played with (that he was listening to at the time), and that Run-DMC was the group that put rap on the map.

He co-owned a hard rock bar called Dead Man's Hand in Las Vegas with Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains.[7]


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




Scott Ian uses his signature Jackson guitars and signature Randall MTS Series heads and cabinets. He is known to use Dimebag Darrell tribute Deans and previously endorsed Washburn.[9][10][11] During the mid 1980s, he used ESP guitars for a while, also getting Kirk Hammett his ESP endorsement. Scott uses a DigiTech signature Black 13 distortion pedal, and a DigiTech chorus pedal for his clean sounds.[12] Many of his guitars have been equipped with custom made Seymour Duncan "El Diablo" pickups,[13] but can also be seen using standard Seymour Duncan SH-4's and '59 pickups on several guitars, including his newest signature Jackson. He also recently began endorsing Evertune bridges.[14]

In late 2009, Ian ended his endorsement with Washburn and went back to Jackson guitars. He was seen using custom made Soloist and Randy Rhoads guitars during the 2009 Sonisphere Festival. On March 27, 2010, Ian announced the production of a new signature guitar by Jackson via Twitter and YouTube. He said it would be based on his Soloist from 1987. It has a silverburst finish, a single Seymour Duncan J.B. humbucker, lightning bolt inlays, and a string-thru/tune-o-matic bridge. A dual-humbucker version with a Floyd Rose tremolo will also be released. He stated, "I am so stoked to be back with Jackson." He was seen using this guitar while playing with Brian Posehn at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards and with the Damned Things at the 2011 Download Festival.


  • Jackson Scott Ian Signature T-1000 Soloist[15]
  • Jackson custom T-1000 Randy Rhoads
  • Jackson custom "NOT" Soloist
  • Jackson Adrian Smith San Dimas Dinky
  • Gibson Flying V (1982, Used in the studio)
  • Gibson "Thunderhorse" Explorer (Used at Download Festival 2011 with the Damned Things)
  • Jackson JJ1 (USA-made, Seymour Duncan JB And Jazz pickups, Alder or Korina body with maple neck)
  • Jackson JJ2 (USA-Made, Seymour Duncan El-Diablo pickups and a killswitch, alder body with maple neck or mahogany body with mahogany neck)
  • Jackson JJ4 (Lower-end model, Asian-Made, with Duncan Designed pickups and a killswitch)
  • Jackson JJ5 (5-string Baritone)
  • Jackson Custom "NOT" Telecaster
  • Charvel Surfcaster (with Seymour Duncan Humbucker in the Bridge Position and the stock Chandler Lipstick pickup in the angled Neck position: Main guitar for the Sound of White Noise era)
  • Jackson Randy Rhoads (1982)
  • Washburn SI75TI (Used Washburn from 2004-2009)
  • Washburn WV540VASI
  • Washburn WV40VASI
  • Washburn SI60MW
  • Washburn SI61G
  • ESP M-100FM
  • ESP Custom M-II and Telecasters (1985-1989)
  • ESP TE-230SI (Signature model based on Scott Ian's red ESP Telecaster in the mid-to-late 1980s. Japan only)
  • Seymour Duncan J.B. pickups
  • Seymour Duncan El Diablo (Scott Ian custom shop pickups)
  • DR Strings .10-.52
  • DR Strings .18-.56 (for JJ-5)
  • Dunlop Tortex .88mm Picks


In Rack Case:

  • Fortin Zuul Noise Gate[16]
  • MXR EVH Eddie Van Halen Phase 90[15]
  • MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay[15]
  • MXR M-135 Smart Gate (x3)[15]
  • CAE MC402 Boost/Overdrive[15]
  • TC Electronic Corona Chorus[15]

On Floor:

  • CAE MC404 Wah[15]
  • DigiTech WH-2 Whammy[15]
  • Boss TU-3 Tuner[15]


  • BBE 462 Sonic Maximizer
  • DigiTech Black 13 distortion pedal
  • DigiTech XMC chorus pedal
  • TC Electronic Booster+ Line Driver & Distortion
  • Korg DTR-1 Tuner
  • Rocktron HUSH IIC
  • Samson UHF Synth 6 Wireless


  • EVH 5150 IIIS EL34 heads (Current main amps)
  • Fender/EVH 5150III Heads (used for recording Worship Music and For All Kings, also used live occasionally)
  • Randall Ultimate Nullifier UN120 (second Randall signature amp, designed by Mike Fortin)
  • Randall MTS Series RM100SI signature head with signature modules[15] (first Randall signature amp)
  • Randall MTS series RM100 and RM100LB heads (With Ultra modules)
  • Randall V2 400 Watt Heads (Can be seen in advertisements)
  • Randall V-Max Heads (Used in 2003 before the V2 and MTS heads)
  • Randall Cyclone Heads (Used from 2001-2003)
  • Randall Warhead Heads (First amp used when Ian transitioned from Marshall to Randall)
  • Randall SI412 signature speaker Cabs
  • Randall NB412 Nuno Bettencourt Signature 4×12 Cabs
  • Randall XL 4×12 Cabs
  • Randall XL 2×12 and 1×15 Cabs
  • Marshall JCM 800 2203 (Early years of Anthrax, and used for leads on "We've Come For You All". Used by both Scott and Rob Caggiano for recording Worship Music, and by Scott for For All Kings)
  • Peavey 6505+ 120 Watt head
  • Randall RT100 heads (Only used at the 2010 Revolver Golden Gods Awards while performing in Brian Posehn's backing band)
  • Randall RT-412RC Cabs (See above)


  1. ^ a b "[Class of] 1982". Alumni News. The Bronx High School of Science. January 1989. p. 7.
  2. ^ Songfact Interview with Charlie Benante
  3. ^ Tablet Magazine: "Q&A: SCOTT IAN - Before the "Big Four" thrash metal show at Yankee Stadium, the Anthrax guitarist and lyricist talks Queens, Jews, and Louis Farrakhan" By David Samuels September 13, 2011
  4. ^ Johnny Price (January 17, 2013). "January/February 2013 Digital issue: ANTHRAX". RockRevolt Magazine.
  5. ^ "ANTHRAX Guitarist Welcomes First Child". Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ " interview with Scott Ian". February 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ "Jerry Cantrell And Scott Ian Open Las Vegas Bar!". Metal Hammer. Archived from the original on April 6, 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ "Anthrax's Scott Ian on New BSG: The Plan / Razor CD". January 21, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  9. ^ [1] Archived November 20, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - ANTHRAX: New SCOTT IAN Signature Guitars Announced". Retrieved 2011.
  11. ^ "Scott Ian Bio | Featured Artists | Artists". Archived from the original on January 28, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  12. ^ [2] Archived May 16, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Scott Ian of Anthrax/S.O.D". Retrieved 2011.
  14. ^ "Scott Ian (Anthrax) | EverTune Bridge". Retrieved 2014.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Rig Rundown - Anthrax's Scott Ian". YouTube. Retrieved 2014.
  16. ^ Rig Tour with Scott Ian Retrieved Sep 19, 2019

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