In other words what I like to do is cover all forms of entertainment and pretty much anything else if I can, after all variety is the spice of life. Which is why I leapt at the chance to attend the Scott Ian spoken word show when it rolled into Belfast.
I of course know the music of Ian’s band Anthrax and have quite possibly even DJ’d one or two tracks by them at at some point in the last few years. Thrash metal may not be my scene (I’m more a cheesy classic rock guy), but I do enjoy trying new things and so here I was listening to Scott’s spoken word show on a balmy night in the capital of Northern Ireland, alongside a very respectable number of loyal metal fans.Spoken word events can go one of two ways. There are ones that grab you from the get go and you don’t want to miss a word, on the other hand there are ones that you really want to enjoy and yet can’t get fully in to.
In my opinion this show fell into the latter territory, but that is just my own take on proceedings and we are all entitled to have one of those.For the most part I was impressed by the Anthrax guitar slinger’s style and delivery. His stories were fun, inviting and did really draw you in.
I did find the sound to be a slight issue (maybe that was due to my position in the venue) and yes I did lose interest for a while. This has nothing to do with the rock legends performance here, it really does just boil down to personal interests and feelings.
I will admit that I can at least say that Mr Ian will remember me (he in customary fashion berated me for talking at the bar during his set). I do sincerely apologise for that sir.
As I said the show itself was faultless and kudos to local promoter James Loveday (The Distortion Project) for yet again pulling off a unique event like this. He made so many people happy with this show. This man is the quiet man of the NI rock scene and he deserves an awful lot more credit than he gets, for doing so much work here.
Scott Ian is indeed a legend in the world of music and a man who has a lot of road stories, anecdotes and much more to share with fans. His stage presence is perfect and he has confidence in what he is doing.
I did indeed enjoy many aspects of this show and highly recommend it to fans of Ian. When he hooked me in he really did and I loved to listen to every word.
Spoken word shows seem to be all the rage now and I do look forward to attending more of them.
By Phil Allely