Scott Ian, the iconic guitarist of ANTHRAX, marked his 60th birthday with a grand celebration at Galpin Speed Shop in Van Nuys, California. The event was a star-studded affair, featuring jam sessions with several renowned musicians. Ian’s ANTHRAX colleagues Charlie Benante and Frank Bello were present, along with Jerry Cantrell of ALICE IN CHAINS, Doug Pinnick from KING’S X, Andrew Hurley of FALL OUT BOY, Gary Holt of EXODUS, Whitfield Crane from UGLY KID JOE, Roy Mayorga of STONE SOUR and MINISTRY, Robert Trujillo of METALLICA, Robb Flynn from MACHINE HEAD, Brendon Small of DETHKLOK, Jay Buchanan from RIVAL SONS, Danny Lilker of NUCLEAR ASSAULT and former ANTHRAX, and John Bush and Joey Vera from ARMORED SAINT, also ex-ANTHRAX.
The party was documented with photos and videos, showing the lively atmosphere and musical talent gathered. Ian himself shared a video, expressing his gratitude to everyone who helped make his dream birthday party a reality. Similarly, Benante posted pictures, highlighting the emotional and nostalgic impact of the music played, celebrating the simple joys of the past. Holt also shared his experience at the party, emphasizing the unique jam sessions and the joy of starting the new year in such a memorable way.
Scott Ian has been a significant figure in the rock scene for over four decades, not only for co-founding ANTHRAX but also for his distinctive beard and numerous appearances in various media. His journey in the rock world is filled with unique experiences, from backstage incidents to celebrity encounters. Ian’s 2014 autobiography, “I’m The Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax,” deviates from typical rock-star narratives, focusing more on perseverance and hard work rather than just partying and excess. His second book, “Access All Areas: Stories From A Hard Rock Life,” released in December 2017, further delves into his adventures in the rock scene.