Anthrax’s Scott Ian: Why Mayhem Cruise Was Cancelled

Scott Ian

Many of you are probably still wondering why the fucking Mayhem Cruise — which was to feature Anthrax, Lamb of God, and Machine Head — was cancelled months ahead of its launch.

Well, Scott Ian of Anthrax explained the cancelation in a new interview. Sorta.

“I saw the press release [announcing the cancelation], and we were as surprised as everybody else. We were literally out on the [Rockstar Energy Drink] Mayhem [Festival] tour when we heard that the cruise was canceled,” says Ian.

“It’s a bummer. We were all really looking forward to it. It’s funny because us Machine Head, Lamb of God, we’re all good friends, we’ve all known each other forever. None of us had ever been on a cruise before. We were all in Europe this summer playing festivals together and we were like, ‘What do you think of this cruise thing? What’s your take on it?’ Everyone was kind of like, ‘Alright, it’s a little weird, we’re going to be stuck on this boat for four days,’ but everyone was excited that we were going to get to hang out and all get really shitty and have a lot of fun. I know all of us were bummed and I heard from the Machine Head guys that they were bummed.

“Yeah, I don’t know why [it was canceled]. I can speculate and think that maybe in this economy, it’s kind of tough to sell a ticket for that much money. You get all these bands and it’s three days on a boat, if you break it down to what it’s costing you per day, it doesn’t seem like a lot of money. But I understand where we’re at in this world in 2012. People just don’t have that kind of money to shell out. I can only assume it comes down to that.”

OK, so…he doesn’t actually explain anything. It’s mere speculation.

Yeah, I am guessing not enough rooms were booked. That blows.

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About Chris Harris

Chris Harris is an internationally-published music journalist and writer whose work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, IFC, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Radar. The former news editor for Noisecreep, Harris also served as co-host for the site’s weekly podcast, “Creep Show." Before that, he spent four years writing for MTV News.