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Extracurriculars filled Anthrax guitarist time between albums
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian had little trouble filling the five-year gap between his band's last two albums.
During the interim between 2011's "Worship Music" and the upcoming "For All the Kings" -- due out Feb. 25 -- Ian started another band, Motor Sister, with his wife Pearl Aday (Meat Loaf's daughter), started doing spoken word tours and published a memoir "I'm the Man: The Story of That Guy From Anthrax." He and Anthrax also contributed a song to HBO's "Game of Thrones" soundtrack, and Ian had a cameo appearance as a zombie in AMC's "The Walking Dead, which he calls "a make-a-wish moment if there ever was one."
The only problem has been that his work schedule prevents Ian from seeing those TV moments as they air.
"I usually don't have the ability to watch things when they're on," Ian, 52, says from his home in California. "We've been working on the (new) album, and we've been touring a lot. So I just kind of wait 'til I'm home and then just binge and catch up on the whole season at one time."
"Sorrow Irrumator" appeared on "Catch The Throne: The Mixtape 2," but Ian says the song was already in motion and could well have been headed to "For All Kings."
"That certainly would have been an album track if that ('Game of Thrones') offer didn't come along," Ian confirms. "We had the song pretty well down but the lyrics weren't written yet. It just felt like it would work for what they wanted.
"Even if we weren't fans of the show, just the scope of it...If HBO calls and says they want a song for the biggest show on television, things like that don't come around as often as they did in the 70s and 80s when soundtrack albums were a big deal. Fortunately we're massive fans of 'Game of Thrones,' so it was awesome to be part of it."
Anthrax with Lamb of God, Deafheaven, Power Trip
Thursday, Jan. 28. Door open at 6 p.m.
Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St.
Tickets are $36-$65.
Call 248-399-2980 or visit royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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