ANTHRAX Guitarist’s ‘Blood & Guts': Trailer For Second Season Posted Online
March 4, 2013
A trailer for the second season of “Blood & Guts”, the Nerdist YouTube channel web series hosted by ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian, can be seen below. The show returns on March 19.
When asked how his collaboration with Nerdist came about, Ian told Nerdist.com, “Just out of the blue last week, [Nerdist founder] Chris[Hardwick] hit me up and asked me if it was something I’d be interested in. He felt my personality was right for this. I guess the backstory on it would be that when they first came up with the idea for ‘Talking Dead’, I got a call about shooting the pilot, and my job was field reporter. What they did for my segment was send me out to the set of one of the webisodes, and then Greg Nicotero and his team made me up as a zombie and I got to be a walker. I had closeups and everything in the webisode. When it got picked up, they didn’t keep me as field reporter — that position, I guess, wasn’t something they were gonna move forward with — but Chris just kept it in the back of his mind. I can only assume that whenNerdist and Fangoria had the idea to do this show, Chris said I’d be the right guy to be going out and hosting these things because of the bit I did on ‘Talking Dead’.”
On the topic of his favorite horror make-up moments of all time, Ian said, “The first thing to pop into my mind is when Tom Savini gets torn apart in‘Dawn Of The Dead’. That scared me as a kid and I guess you could kinda say it stayed with me in a good way. The scene in ‘Scanners’ when his head blows up, that’s a classic. Anything in ‘Evil Dead’ or ‘Evil Dead 2′. I know I mentioned this, but I just watched ‘Drive’ last week and that scene where she gets her head blown off is straight out of an ’80s horror movie. The movie’s not necessarily slow, but very Michael Mann, ’80s kinda pacing, very moody and all that — and then all of a sudden that hotel-room scene happens and you’re just, like, ‘Holy crap!’ and then from there it’s just 100 miles an hour. I was blown away with that movie.”
Progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER will release their new, self-titled album — the band’s 12th studio release overall, and fourth withRoadrunner Records — on September 24.
Says guitarist John Petrucci about “Dream Theater”: “I see every new album as an opportunity to start over. To either build or improve upon a direction that has been evolving over time or to completely break new ground.
“This is the first self-titled album of our career and there is nothing I can think of that makes a statement of musical and creative identity stronger than that. We’ve fully explored all of the elements that make us unique, from the epic and intense to the atmospheric and cinematic.
“We’re incredibly excited about ‘Dream Theater’ and can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”
BigMusicGeek.com recently conducted an interview with former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider. Several excerpts from the chat follow below.
BigMusicGeek.com: At what point did you realize Stefan [Kaufmann, guitar] wasn’t going to be able to participate in the recording of [U.D.O.’s] “Steelhammer” [album]? Were there any warning signs that the health issues he was experiencing were going to be so bad?
Udo: It’s a long story. He already had some big problems. It all started when we did the “Rev-Raptor” album. We had to stop for three months because he couldn’t move anymore. He was going to the hospital in order to recover, and then, when we started touring, he was taking these really heavy pills. You could have killed an elephant with them. I’ve known Stefan for forty years and I saw that he couldn’t really move on stage. He had to get into these crazy positions so it wouldn’t hurt. He was always in pain, so he wasn’t in a good mood. Sometimes, he would just start shouting. I thought to myself, “This is not the real Stefan.” When the tour was over, I said, “Stefan, it’s better for you to stop. I don’t want to see you in a wheelchair.” We talked about many, many things, but in the end, he said to me, “I think you’re right. It’s better to stop doing this.” So I said, “You are welcome to produce the album and we can write some songs together,” and that’s when he said, “At the moment, I’m not in the mood to do this.” It wasn’t easy for me because I’ve been working together with him for so long, but sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to. In the end, I think it was the best thing for him and he’s now in better shape. He is producing a band in Switzerland, so I think he’s back.