Here’s another bit of back-slapping for Soundwave boss AJ Maddah over the colossal festival he put together this year – Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has raved about his recent visit to Australia with the band in a new post on his official blog, describing the crowd in Sydney Soundwave as “incredible”.
In the blog post, he thanks AJ for the invite and labels the crowd as “crazy fuckers”, singling out the audience reaction to the band’s hit Indians on the Sydney leg of the tour:
“The pit during ‘Indians’ in Sydney was incredible! Now I have two great memories of that stadium; seeing AC/DC there in 2010 and playing to you crazy fuckers in it in 2013.”
Ian also mentioned that his two spoken-word shows he did in Australia with Chris Jericho from Fozzy “went great”. All in all, it sounded like a pretty successful visit for Ian and Anthrax, despite drummer Charlie Benante being unable to make the trip Down Under due to “personal reasons”.
Read the full blog post below.
“I’m just about recovered from the crazy jet-lag coming home from Australia.
The Soundwave festival was amazing! The shows were great, biggest we’ve ever played in Australia. The pit during ‘Indians’ in Sydney was incredible! Now I have two great memories of that stadium; seeing AC/DC there in 2010 and playing to you crazy fuckers in it in 2013.
A huge thank you to everyone involved in Soundwave 2013, especially our man Nick Tkalac for taking such good care of us and AJ for having us!
I’m taking a break at home right now getting ready for the Metal Alliance Tour that starts here in the states March 22. You don’t want to miss this tour. It’s our last time through on the ‘Worship Music’ album cycle so we won’t be back for a while and our main man on the skins Charlie Benante will be back with us!!!
And we’re playing all of ‘Among The Living’!!! We also have our old buddies EXODUS coming with us as well as HIGH ON FIRE, MUNICIPAL WASTE and HOLY GRAIL. THRASHTASTIC.
Today I am actually checking out the prototype for my new Randall signature amp designed by Mike Fortin. It’s sounding sick. It’s going to be all new, totally different direction but powerful as hell, like Bruce Lee’s fist to your ribcage.
I heard Kirk’s new Randall heads in Australia. His tone is great and he told me he’s never been happier with his guitar sound. His new amps are coming soon as well.
My talking tour, or Speaking Words tour is coming up in May/June in the UK/Ireland. I’ve had to re-route some of the dates and in the case of Liverpool, I had to cancel. Why you ask? Because ANTHRAX got offered the Sonisphere Spain shows with IRON MAIDEN and well, do I really need to say any more? There’s not really anything much better than playing shows with MAIDEN. Hope to see all of you at these shows. I did two talking shows in Australia and they went great.
And I know you’re all wondering how tomato sauce on pizza can cure any STD. I’ve got the answer for you, you’ll just have to come out to a show to find out.
That’s all for now my friends. Stay tuned and I’ll see you all somewhere very soon!”