|Born on: 31.12.1963
Scott Ian Rosenfeld (born December 31, 1963), better known by the stage name Scott Ian, is an American musician, best known as the rhythm and lead guitarist for the heavy metal band Anthrax. Ian is also the guitarist and a founding member of the crossover thrash band Stormtroopers of Death. 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 remains the sole constant member of Anthrax since its formation, and is also the group's primary lyricist.
In a career spanning three decades, Scott Ian, as the founding member of Anthrax, helped to create the "New Wave of American Heavy Metal" in the mid-80s alongside Megadeth, Slayer & Metallica. Three time Grammy-nominated, MTV VMA nominees and Multi-Platinum and Gold-awarded music veterans, Anthrax, have sold over 10,000,000 records worldwide including nine studio albums, two live albums, and two "greatest hits" collections. Touring pros, Anthrax has performed on over fifty tours spanning the globe; in thirty-two countries on five continents including Europe, North America, South America, Australia, and Asia.
Pushing the envelope in the metal genre to its bursting point in 1991, Scott came up with the idea to crossover with rap pioneers Public Enemy and record what was to become the foundation of the Rap/Rock genre that exploded in the nineties. With their hit Bring the Noise, Anthrax reached new heights kicking open the door for such bands as Rage Against the Machine, Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock, and Linkin Park. In 2005, Scott 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. Scott also joined Public Enemy on the Rock The Bells tour in the summer of 2007.
Continually recording and touring through the nineties and into the new millennium, Anthrax has maintained the kind of career that only a handful of others can lay claim to as well. 2009 saw the band celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of its debut album Fistful of Metal.
Scott is widely known as the face of Anthrax and to his friends as "Laminate Face", for being a constant and extremely recognizable figure in the worlds of music, poker, comics, movies, and television. Scott parlayed his success with the band into a television gig with VH1 in 2001 when they asked him to host "Rock Show". During his forty-eight episodes as host, Scott interviewed numerous celebrity guests and friends including: Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Halford, Ted Nugent, Stone Temple Pilots, Megadeth, 3 Doors Down, Sevendust, Tenacious D, and The Cult. Scott is also a regular commentator on various VH1 shows including the "I Love The 70s, 80s, and 90s" 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. Scott was prominently featured in VH1's "History Of Heavy Metal". In June 2006, Scott starred in the VH1 reality series "SuperGroup" with Ted Nugent, Sebastian Bach, Jason Bonham, and Evan Seinfeld. The show was a huge success and once again pushed the boundaries of Scott's career to new heights.
In the summer of 2009, Anthrax completed a run of European festivals including Metallica's Sonisphere festivals in Germany and Knebworth in the U.K. which was highlighted by the triumphant return of their 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.
Scott is also playing guitar in the group Pearl who just finished two tours with Velvet Revolver and Meat Loaf. The debut album from Pearl was released on January 19, 2010 through Megaforce Records. Scott performed with Pearl on Jimmy Kimmel Live on January 20, 2010. In 2008, DC Comics asked Scott to take their iconic character Lobo (DC Comics) and write a 2-issue prestige format series for that character. Books one and two of Lobo: Highway To Hell were released in November and December 2009 to critical and commercial acclaim.
In 2008, Scott also signed with Ultimate Bet, the third largest internet gaming site in the world as one of their online professional players. Scott joins poker superstars Phil Hellmuth Jr. and Annie Duke as one of Ultimate Bets star pros. He recently won Ultimate Bet's premier Sunday 200K tournament and he cashed in this year's WSOP main event by finishing 634th out of 6494 players.
Ian was born to a Jewish family in the Bayside section of the New York City borough of Queens on the last day of 1963. He has a younger brother named Jason who was involved in Anthrax briefly and a half-brother named Sean. Witnessing Kiss live for the first time at Madison Square Garden in 1977 made a huge impact on Ian, who has been very vocal over the years about his love for the band, and even appeared on an episode of Gene Simmons Family Jewels in which he visited Simmons at his home and spoke about the impact Kiss had on his life and career. Ian went on to discover and be influenced by British heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Motörhead and Judas Priest, as well as by NYC hardcore.
Ian attended the Bronx High School of Science, class of 1982.
Ian is married to singer Pearl Aday, daughter of famed singer Meat Loaf. Pearl is currently pregnant with their first child.
He is a die hard Yankees fan. He also enjoys Snowboarding. He has taken up poker and is now an online pro at UltimateBet. He finished 637th in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event taking home $21,365. He has also shown himself to be a devout Battlestar Galactica fan, posting numerous blogs about the show and also making an appearance for the red carpet series finale.