Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian officially has a new side gig. The godfather of thrash metal made his on-air radio host debut this week on SiriusXM show “Never Meet Your Heroes.”
The weekly talk show is a part of SiriusXM’s new channel VOLUME, which is the first-ever talk radio station devoted to music. During his segment Ian will chat with his celebrity idols and musical influences about what inspires them, and also delve into his self-proclaimed nerdy side as he talks topics in pop-culture.
“I’m going to totally blow my image,” admits Ian to SiriusXM. “Yeah, I’m an avid reader. I binge watch a lot of TV since that became something really fun to do because TV’s gotten so good. Obviously, I’m a music fan, I think that almost goes without saying. So yeah, there’s a lot of stuff I nerd out about.”
Ian’s first guests includef Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains, but his guest list will expand beyond musicians to include anyone that he respects and admires—artists, athletes, writers, etc. Ian also shared his dream guest scenario with SiriusXM.
“If I had my way, and I could book anyone I wanted: Stephen King or [AC/DC’s] Angus Young,” he said. “They could both come in together because I’m pretty sure Stephen King is an AC/DC fan.Those two guys are the guys I’d want to sit down with. They’ve been the most constant in my life when it comes to music and when it comes to books. It would take me about 20 minutes of just trying to not throw up before I’d even be able to ask a question, but once we got past that, then I think we’d get on really well.”
Learn more below as Ian discusses “Never Meet Your Heroes.”