(Radio.com) As Anthrax pay homage to some of their favorite artists with their new covers album, Anthems, guitarist Scott Ian reflects on some of the influential artists that have been snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Radio.com caught up with Ian to discuss one of the bands on the new album and others snubbed by the hall: Ian says that his bandmates are Rush fanatics and wanted to go for a deep cut: "I'm certainly a Rush fan but [Drummer] Charlie [Benante] and [bassist] Frankie [Bello] and Joey are like, Rush nerds. They know every single thing about Rush."
Anthems' release is timely, as Rush will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month. They've been eligible for well over a decade, and Ian says he's not surprised that they are finally getting their due. "People take Rush seriously, they're not everyone's cup of tea, but everyone has a respect for that band whether you like them or not."
Although he's quick to note that he doesn't pay too much attention to the Rock Hall, he gets a bit more passionate when talking about another band that has been ignored by the voters: "A lot people have a problem with KISS. KISS is just as important as Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin. The people who vote on these kinds of things