Scott Ian Rosenfeld (born December 31, 1963), better known by the stage name Scott Ian, is a Jewish American musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist for the heavy metal band Anthrax. Ian is also the guitarist and a founding member of the crossover thrash band Stormtroopers of Death. He has hosted The Rock Show on VH1 and has appeared on VH1's I Love the... series, Heavy: The Story of Metal and SuperGroup. Ian remains the sole constant member of Anthrax being the only member to remain with the band since its formation.

Personal life

Rosenfeld was born to a Jewish family in the Bayside section of the New York City borough of Queens on the last day of 1963. He has a younger brother named Jason who was involved in Anthrax briefly. Witnessing Kiss live for the first time at Madison Square Garden in 1977 made a huge impact on Ian, who has been very vocal over the years about his love for the band, and even appeared on an episode of Gene Simmons' Family Jewels in which he visited Simmons at his home and spoke about the impact Kiss had on his life and career. Ian went on to discover and be influenced by British heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, as well as by NYC hardcore. He credits Motörhead and Judas Priest as the biggest influence on the Anthrax sound, and has cited Ted Nugent among his biggest guitar influences.

Ian is married to singer Pearl Aday, daughter of famed singer Meat Loaf.

He has taken up poker and is now an online pro at UltimateBet He finished 637th in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event taking home $21,365.[1] He has also shown himself to be a devout Battlestar Galactica fan, posting numerous blogs about the show and also making an appearance for the red carpet series finale.


In 1981, Ian formed Anthrax with bassist Danny Lilker. He is the only original member of Anthrax still in the band. In 2005, they reformed the Among the Living era lineup to release an anthology album, DVD and embarked on a world tour.

Ian filmed a reality series for VH1 called "SuperGroup". Scott along with Ted Nugent (guitar), Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard, bass), Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row; vocals) and Jason Bonham (Bonham, UFO, Foreigner; drums) filmed in Las Vegas, with the premise being to lock several musicians in a house for twelve days and get them to write new, original music and perform a concert. In addition to the five musicians, star manager Doc McGhee (Kiss) was in charge and was also living in the house for the duration of filming/recording. The show's first episode aired in May, 2006. Scott Ian, along with Bonham was portrayed as one of the more laid back and put together band members, while the show was very much revolved around Sebastian Bach, with Nugent and Seinfeld trying to straighten out his drinking problems. However there were quite a few scenes on the show in which Scott Ian expressed his admiration for Ted Nugent, claiming that he "couldn't believe he was playing in a band with Ted Nugent."

Ian also appears on comedian Brian Posehn's music video "Metal By Numbers", which appears on Posehn's MySpace..

He has recently worked with underground emcee/producer Necro for his Death Rap album.

Ian revealed that he'd "been in the studio working on the new Anthrax album since November 4," in his monthly Food Coma column[2], which was posted on December 22, 2008. Ian went on to say that drums, bass and rhythm had been laid down on a total of 19 tracks, and that the process of laying down vocals had begun. "We should be mixing at the end of January and soon after that giving birth to a really pissed off, loud, fast and heavy child[3]."


  • Anthrax
  • Stormtroopers of Death
  • Damnocracy
  • Pearl
  • The Damned Things


with Anthrax

See Anthrax discography on Wikipedia.

with Stormtroopers of Death

Date of Release Title Label Chart positions US sales
December 1985 Speak English or Die Megaforce Records
October 24, 1992 Live at Budokan Megaforce Records
May 22, 1999 Bigger than the Devil Nuclear Blast Records
August 21, 2007 Rise Of The Infidels Megaforce Records

Stormtroopers of Death Videos

Date of Release Title Label Chart positions US sales
January 23, 2001 Kill Yourself: The Movie (DVD or VHS) Nuclear Blast Records
September 25, 2001 Speak English or Live (DVD) Nuclear Blast Records
July 26, 2005 20 Years of Dysfunction Nuclear Blast Records


  • Performed with Public Enemy during the Rock the Bells 2007 tour.
  • Comedian Brian Posehn's music video "Metal By Numbers."
  • Wrote the DC 2-part comic Lobo: Highway to Hell (2-part series, illustrated by Sam Kieth)


  • Married... with Children 1992
  • NewsRadio (as himself)
  • VH1's Rock Show (as host) 1999-2002
  • VH1's Hip-Hop Honors- performer along with Anthrax and Public Enemy for "Bring Tha Noise".
  • VH1's Supergroup 2006
  • VH1's "I Love The..." series specials
  • VH1's "40 Greatest Metal Songs"
  • VH1's "100 Most Metal Moments"
  • VH1's "50 Least Metal moments"
  • VH1's Rock Honors Kiss. Performers: Rob Zombie (Rob Zombie, White Zombie), Scott Ian, Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N' Roses, The Starf***ers, Rock Star Supernova), Slash (ex-Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver), Ace Frehley (Kiss), Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe, Rock Star Supernova).
  • VH1 Classic's "Rock 'n Roll Celebrity Poker Tournament" - Scott won the tournament and played against Sully Erna, Vinnie Paul, Dusty Hill and Ace Frehley.
  • NBC's Celebrity Apprentice
  • Metalocalypse - "RenovationKlok" (voice only)


  1. interview with Scott Ian
  2. "A Festive Feast of Awesomeness". 22 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-17. .
  3. "A Festive Feast of Awesomeness". 22 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-17. .

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