Scott Ian once asked Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton to join Anthrax

Thrash metal heavyweights Anthrax has had several frontmen over the years, such as Neil Turbin, John Bush, Dan Nelson and of course Joey Belladonna. If guitarist Scott Ian had his way, he would have added Believe no more‘s Mike Patton to the list as well.

Ian recently chatted with about the future of experimental rock group Sir. Bungle (which Patton co-founded in 1985 and Ian joined in 2019, for the 2020 re-recording and live performance of their 1986 demo, The Furious Wrath of the Easter Bunny).

In addition to proclaiming his longtime love for Patton, Faith No More and Mr. Bungle – he called Furious anger “the best thrash metal record from 1986 that nobody’s ever heard” – Ian admitted that he half-jokingly asked about Patton’s interest in singing for Anthrax “a million years ago . . . right before Joey [Belladonna] come back.”

Ian elaborated:

I had said, “Hey, do you want to sing on the next Anthrax record?” We were drunk in a bar in Melbourne, Australia at a festival together. He was with Faith No More. He said, “Oh, man. You don’t want me in your band. I’m a pain in the ass.”

I thought, “No, no, no. I think we could do it.” He says, “Yes, but I have seventy-two projects and I could never commit.” I say, “I really know. I’m asking, but I’m not really asking.” He says, “Don’t worry, we’ll do something together one day.” So when he hit me, he says, “Remember in Melbourne when I said we wanted to work together?” I say, “Uh huh.” He says, “Guess what?”

Fortunately, the 2020 rework is over The Furious Wrath of the Easter Bunny (and its corresponding concerts) proved to be a valuable and validating collaboration. In fact, publications such as Follow, Metal injection and Kerrang! song its praises.

“I’m still scared of it. That I did it. I played shows. We made a hell of a record,” Ian rejoiced.

He himself states that there are ‘things on the table for the future, shows. . . . We’re all too busy to commit to it as a real ongoing thing at this point. But there is always room to take one. I’m in touch with Mike all the time.”

Meanwhile, Anthrax are set to kick off their UK/European 40Th Anniversary trip (with Municipal waste) on Sept. 27. You can grab tickets here.

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