Scott Ian Discusses The Longevity Of Anthrax

The metal world has seen countless bands come and go over the years, but some have managed to stand the test of time and become permanent fixtures in the industry. But what sets these successful bands apart from those that fade into obscurity? In a recent interview with Metal Edge, Scott Ian, the legendary guitarist of Anthrax, shared his thoughts on the factors contributing to the band’s longevity and success in the metal scene.

“I think it’s only ever been a big deal in the context of touring bands in terms of how you lived your life,” Ian said when asked about the change in perspective towards age. “Certain bands never made it out of the ’70s. Certain bands never made it out of the ’80s – for a myriad number of reasons – whether because of the physical and substance abuse issues or some bands just run their course.”

The guitarist continued, reflecting on the longevity of Anthrax, “For a band like us, and a lot of our peers, I think we’ve just done a good job of taking care of ourselves. But most importantly, as we say sometimes, ‘Taking care of the baby,’ which is the band. I think we’ve all been really respectful and really good parents to our baby. I think that has a lot to do with age and longevity. You wouldn’t turn your back on your child; you know what I mean? You don’t want to become really shitty parents and break up – and then what happens?”

Ian also highlighted the continued success and relevance of the band in recent years, saying, “I know it’s a weird analogy, but that’s sometimes how I look at it. I think we’re really good parents to this band, to this baby we’ve had for 41 years now, and why stop doing that. On the other hand, it’s still fun. Not many bands get to do what we’re doing. We just did a UK tour playing bigger headline shows than we have since 1989. For a band so many years down the road to be doing better than we were at what supposedly our peak, there’s no other way to say it: it’s f*cking awesome.”

Some music bands leave behind unique traces in history, like a comet leaving a trail of light in the sky. Anthrax is one of those bands that fit this description perfectly. The members have been trailblazers in their genre, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. They have stood the test of time, remaining relevant and influential even decades after their inception. The secret, as Ian revealed, is not only about taking care of themselves but also about taking care of the band.