Tragedy tends to bring out the best in people, and also breaks down barriers. Such was the case at the Worcester, Massachusetts, stop on the Metal Alliance Tour, featuring metal icons Anthrax and Exodus among others. They played the April 19th show just as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the now-charged Boston Marathon bombers, was taken into custody by Boston police following one of the most intense manhunts in American history.
Anthrax’s Scott Ian is a native New Yorker and a huge Yankee fan, who often sports that team’s logo on his clothes and even on his guitars. His fandom has also gotten him into trouble – he was actually arrested for allegedly trying to steal the on-deck circle from the Yankees’ Florida training camp.
The New York Yankees/Boston Red Sox rivalry is one of the most well known in all of sports. But following the show, Ian tells Radio.com that those rivalries seemed insignificant when his band played Massachusetts.
“When I was onstage, someone threw a Boston Bruins hat, and I caught it at the microphone,” he explained. “The kid was like, ‘Put it on!’ I was like, ‘Do you know how hard it is for me to put on this hat?’ People are pretty well aware that I’m from New York and I’m a New York fan. But this is a human thing, there’s no boundaries anymore. I put the hat on, the place went nuts.”
Ian noted that wearing the hat wasn’t too difficult, because though he is a big fan of New York sports, he doesn’t follow hockey. That said, he says he would have called a temporary baseball truce that night: “If it was Red Sox hat…” he says, choosing his words carefully. “I would have rocked a Red Sox hat, it would have been a cooler moment, because I have no hatred towards the Bruins.”
At the same show, the members of Anthrax dedicated their song “I Am The Law” to the Boston Police Department.
Next month, Ian will take a short break from Anthrax when he kicks off his first “Speaking Words” show (but don’t call it “spoken word,” says Ian) in England. He’s hoping to bring that tour to America in the near future.