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"Speaking Words" DVD

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I’ve always loved musicians like Jello Biafra and Henry Rollins, who have the balls to do spoken word performances. It’s just them and the mike. There’s no band to make them look good or cover up their mistakes. They’re alone, naked. It’s seemed like a really cool thing to do, but I’m not especially political and while I’m interested in a lot of different subjects from good food to great comic books, I’m not enough of an expert in any one area to get onstage and talk about it like I know any more than anyone else.

Then over the past five years or so I’ve been lucky enough to become really good friends with some great comedians, like Brian Posehn and Patton Oswalt. We’d sit around and swap stories, and I realized they were as interested in the stories I have about my bands Anthrax and S.O.D., the people I’ve been lucky enough to cross paths with -- like Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead, Gene Simmons from KISS, the late Dimebag Darrell from Pantera and cutting my teeth alongside the guys in Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth – as I was in their jokes.

The thought of doing spoken word still terrified me, but they helped convince me that I’ve had a bunch of really stupid, funny, tragic and triumphant experiences over the last 10 years or so and that if I could write them all down or at least put them into some sort of order, I’d have at least a couple hours’ worth of material that Anthrax fans, and anyone who likes nerdy (nerdy meaning cool) shit like Star Wars, Stephen King, drinking and sports might want to hear.
Still, being able to sit with my friends in a bar and tell entertaining stories was a long way from standing in front of a paying crowd telling stories that would hopefully entertain them. And, I had no idea how to go about actually booking a show. I just had this big idea that I could do speaking shows and eventually it’d happen.

And it did.

One day my agent came to me and said, “Hello, Scott, I talked to a concert promoter in London and they’re interested in having you come over there and perform. “You mean the band,” I said. “No, he responded, “They’re interested in seeing your solo show.” I paused a couple seconds. “I don’t do a solo acoustic show. I play rhythm guitar and I don’t sing.” He laughed. “No, you idiot. Your spoken word thing. It’s a show called Rock Stars Say The Funniest Things and they want to hear you talk. Anyone who’s ever watched any metal documentary knows you can do that.”

I said yes without even thinking about it. I had four months until the date and I figured that would give me all the time in the world to prepare a killer show. I had all these grand plans to write my show and then invite my aforementioned comedian friends over to my house where I would do the show for them and have them give me notes. I’d be crafting my show, honing into the sharpest, funniest material I had in my brain. Well, four months flew by and I did none of that. Nothing. Not a word written down, not one rehearsal, zero preparation. It had become a nightmare case of be-careful-what-you-ask-for.

The night before the show I was in my hotel room sweating like a maniac trying to figure out a way to get out of doing the show. I said to my wife Pearl, “I can’t do this, I’ve got nothing. Nobody is going to care about anything I have to say. Who did I think I was saying yes to this? I’m going to tell my agent I’ve got the flu and I can’t do it.” Pearl looked at me calmly and said, “No, you’re not going to do that. Your brain is filled with all these great stories that you have told over and over again to your friends in bars all over the world. You know these stories, they’re your life and all you have to do is get on stage and talk to your friends in the bar.” She always has a way of un-confusing me. It really was that simple. Just go talk to the people.

I was nervous as Hell the next day. Pearl’s advice was the right advice but I still had to get up and do it, just me with no guitar or band to hide behind. When the house lights went down and they announced me it took everything I had to put one foot in front of the other and walk onto the stage. I was so nervous I was shaking. I looked out at the crowd, all sitting and waiting to hear what I had to say and using my inside voice I said “fuck it, let’s do this” and I dove in head first.

Once I got over my jitters and latched into a groove I felt like I was performing at Madison Square Garden. The euphoria of being onstage telling stories about my life and getting an immediate reaction from the crowd was better than crystal meth… not that I’ve ever tried crystal meth, but I’ve watched enough episodes of “Breaking Bad” to know it gets you really fucking high. I was making contact, they were intently listening, empathizing and laughing, not at me, but with me. Some stories were better than others, but overall the pace, the flow, the interaction felt amazing. And while I know I’m a long way from guys like Rollins and Biafra, I felt like I had been doing this for years and I couldn’t wait to do it again. I immediately told my agent to book more shows.

A UK and Ireland tour was put together for me and I couldn’t have been more excited. I knew I had something to offer people and that my show would get better night after night, honing it through the experience of actually doing it. Anyway, I figured that while I was doing these shows I might as well bring along a good friend of mine named Mark Johnson to tour manage, drive, and I’d have someone to drink with in cities where I didn’t know anybody. So with a little preparation, a few props and a head full of shit to talk about, I flew overseas and I did my speaking words bit for a couple hundred people a night in small venues. And I called it my Speaking Words tour because that’s what I do. Calling it spoken word was way to fancypants. This ain’t no poetry recital.

Things were going well and after each show, I checked with Mark to see if I wasn’t just high on the fumes coming from the rusted, cracked English heating system. No, he said, I was actually entertaining. Mark is not an ass-kisser, he really could give less of a shit and would tell me if I sucked.

With that endorsement I realized I needed to document the tour by shooting a show. It had to be done.

The shows were getting better and better each night so I decided I would film towards the end of the run in Glasgow. Scotland has always been great for Anthrax and I just had a feeling that that show would be a special one and I would be at the top of my game for sure. We looked back at the footage of the show and it really felt like my stories were coming across great and the Q&A session at the end of the show was a hilarious fucking free-for-all with people asking anything they wanted which would then open the door to so many other stories. I got home and I decided to ask my editor from my Blood & Guts web series to edit it into a full stand-up show for a DVD. We had the footage, now we just needed to put it all together etc etc. Of course, doing a show and turning it into a high-quality DVD requires funding.

Anthrax fans have always been loyal and supportive and that has allowed me to act like a rock star for more than 30 years. So, I wanted to reach out first to my fans to help finance this one-of-a-kind DVD that reveals more about me, my sense of humor and my bizarre career than anything you’ve ever read or seen.

-- Scott

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Speaking Words HD Streaming/Download Access
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You’ll receive access to a High Definition digital copy of the DVD before it is available to anyone else! You’ll ALSO get access to exclusive audio, video and pictures!

Speaking Words DVD + Limited Edition Pick Pack

Speaking Words DVD + Limited Edition Pick Pack
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Get the physical copy of the Speaking Words DVD PLUS access to the exclusive media and updates! And the limited-edition guitar pick pack.

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Exclusive T-Shirt + DVD

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Brand new design – just for pledgers. PLUS the “Speaking Words” DVD. Men’s tee.

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Signed DVD

Signed DVD
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The Speaking Words Tour DVD, signed by Scott.

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"Speaking Words" Fan Pack

"Speaking Words" Fan Pack
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Grab the exclusive, pledger-only T-Shirt PLUS a SIGNED copy of the DVD and the exclusive updates.

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Personalized Voice Message + Signed DVD

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Scott will leave a rant just for you on your voicemail. PLUS a signed DVD.

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Your Name In The Credits + Signed DVD

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You’ll be part of the DVD…literally! Your name will appear in a special “Thank You” section of the credits for all to witness! Plus a signed DVD.

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DVD Bonus Section "Shout-out" + Signed DVD

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Scott will personally read your name in a special bonus section of the DVD. You’ll also get your name in the credits and a signed DVD.

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Handwritten Lyric Sheet

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You name the song and Scott will write out the lyrics.

Skype or Phone Call + Signed DVD

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20-30 mins of shit talking via phone plus a signed DVD.

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Vinyl Shopping with Scott (LA-area)

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We’ll head out for an afternoon and I’ll pick out the albums that should ABSOLUTELY be in your collection….

Yankee Stadium Madness with Scott

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Grab a buddy and catch the game with Scott at Yankee Stadium!

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Scott Ian Randall RM100SI Signature Model Amp [Signed]

Scott Ian Randall RM100SI Signature Model Amp [Signed]
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The Scott Ian Randall RM100SI signature model amp, used to record Worship Music.

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Scott Ian Signature Model Washburn Murder Weapon [Signed]

Scott Ian Signature Model Washburn Murder Weapon [Signed]
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Scott Ian signature model Washburn Murder Weapon. I hand distressed and painted this. This was the first white one I did and the inscription on the back of the headstock says it all, “MINE 4/26/07”. The other signature is Chewy 07. He was the master builder in the Washburn custom shop. The guitar has my signature Seymour Duncan El Diablo pickups. I used this guitar for all the writing and demoing of Worship Music and the 2009 touring.

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Private "Speaking Words" Show

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I come hang with you and some friends at your local bar and talk shit for hours.

Scott writes a song about you

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You provide the subject matter, i’ll bang out a track about you.

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"Zombie Killer" Guitar [Signed]

"Zombie Killer" Guitar [Signed]
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Custom McSwain zombie guitar, built with wood from a church at the cemetery “Night of the Living Dead” was shot at.

The wood was buried in the cemetery for a month, the ribcage is a prop from The Walking Dead television show, courtesy of Greg Niotero, and the side dots on the fretboard are old coffin nails. Signed.

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Scott Ian's Vegas Adventure + World Series Of Poker

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Disclaimer: This adventure will make “The Hangover” look like an episode of “Full House.”

Join Scott on a night of melee that begins at an undisclosed bar in Vegas, where you’ll experience a Black Tooth Grin (Dimebag’s favorite drink) in the form of an ice luge.

Then an amazing meal at Scott’s favorite Vegas restaurant.

From there, it’s off to the World Series of Poker where there’s a good chance you’ll get to be up close and personal with a few of the poker champs and throw back some cocktails. Count on a signed deck of cards from one of these card wizards.

A late night trip to Joshua Tree is not out of the question.

And then it’s mimosas and watching the sunrise over the desert and calling up some other rock legends from Scott’s cell….

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