Anthrax’s Scott Ian On The Use of Backing Tracks: ‘This Is Just New Technology That People Aren’t Accepting Yet’

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Unlike others who frown upon the use of backing tracks, Scott Ian of the New York thrash act Anthrax is more accepting of bands using such technology during performances.

Via a video clip recently uploaded by Syncin’ Stanley, Ian says that, when it comes to the use of backing tracks, he doesn’t “care what artists do or what bands do to make their show happen.”

Among other sentiments he expresses, Ian says that ultimately, whether it’s about backing tracks or AI-related music, “It all just comes down to what it is and how it moves you.”

Regarding what he thinks of the use of backing tracks, Ian says (as transcribed by MetalSucks):

“Obviously, I’m aware that this is something that’s going on these days now that the technology has made it possible to do these kind of things. And my opinion is I really don’t care. I don’t care what artists do or what bands do to make their show happen. My opinion is that it’s hard out there for bands and artists these days; it’s never been tougher. And whatever it takes to get a show on, I think. It’s all part of the show. This is just new technology that people aren’t accepting yet. That’s just my opinion.

“Really, who cares? You know what I mean? If it’s something you don’t like, then you have the choice. You have the choice as a consumer to spend your money or not spend your money. And, really, that’s what it comes down to. So why there’s a big deal about it, honestly, I don’t care.

“I will say this. I did hear an AI version of Bon Scott singing on [AC/DC’s] ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ yesterday online, and it gave me the chills — in a good way. So, whatever. I love that. I’m sure if there was other AI stuff I heard, I’d probably maybe have a different opinion on it. It all just comes down to what it is and how it moves you.”

What do you think of Scott Ian’s thoughts regarding the use of backing tracks? Where do you stand when it comes to the topic of pre-recorded tracks being used during shows?

Scott Ian talks about backing tracks