Scott Ian: 'Meeting Paul McCartney Was Like Being in the Presence of a God'

Mr. Ian remembers meeting Sir Paul and Ronnie James Dio.

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In a new interview with Mulatschag (via Metal Hammer), Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has described the time he met former Beatle Paul McCartney as equivalent to being in the presence of a god:

"I got to meet Paul McCartney one time. I didn't have a conversation, but I shook his hand. It's the closest I could compare to, like, gods that are walking the earth with us.

"Granted, I know they're just humans that f--king bleed the same colour I do, but the s--t they've done and they've experienced in their lifetimes, it just can't be touched."

In the same interview, Ian talked about his friendship with the late Ronnie James Dio

"Ronnie was a guy who just made you feel great when you were around him. He always made sure to take care of everyone else around him first. He was just such a great host and such a lovely man and always had something great to say. And after you'd be with him, you'd just be, 'Goddamn, I love being around that guy.' You just felt better about yourself afterwards."

Anthrax is currently working on the follow-up to 2011's "Worship Music."

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    The Beatles are up there with Einstein and Jesus Christ.
    Nah, Jesus got a demotion after he made everyone drunk by skinny dipping in the local water supply.
    When I was a young child, I watch The Yellow Submarine with my mother. The Beatles were one of the most inspirational bands of all time in my opinion. To me they are the symbol of Love, Appreciation, and Respect.
    You wouldnt have hard rock, metal or any good music without The Beatles, chaps!!!
    "Scott Ian: 'Meeting Paul McCartney Was Like Being in the Presence of a Gay lil' Brit God" there...fixed. maybe i'm just not old and sagging enough to appreciate that era of boy-band brit pop aimed at women(like all boy bands are, they were just the backstreet boys of the 60s i guess), but goddamn, these guys sucked imo.
    I feel like you don't know what you're talking about
    I had the same opinion when I only knew Hey Jude and Let It Be. The Beatles just have awesome songs that are good enough to blow your mind with no nostalgic power. And if you actually listened to their music and you think they sucked, you just seem to not like this music. ok.
    Maybe if you listened to their albums you would realize what a dumb comment you just made. I respect people not liking the Beatles, but boy band? If that is so, thrn EVERY rock band to ever exist should also be called a boy band. Why the hell not.
    I wont recommend anything to you, im just commenting to get downvoted as well
    Ah yes, I remember when N'SYNC and the Backstreet Boys retired from playing live shows and put out a few genre defining albums...those were the days.