Founding MURDERDOLLS vocalist Wednesday 13 has as soon as once more accused the band’s former guitarist Acey Slade of taking the MURDERDOLLS identify behind late SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison‘s again.
In August, it was introduced that Slade and former MURDERDOLLS bassist Eric Griffin would participate in a signing on the Silver Scream conference on the Hilton Double Tree North Shore in Danvers, Massachusetts to have a good time the twentieth anniversary of the discharge of MURDERDOLLS‘ first album, “Past The Valley Of The Murderdolls”. The occasion was slated to be livestreamed on a number of platforms, together with YouTube, TikTok and Instagram. Acey and Eric had been additionally going to be doing a meet-and-greet after the announcement for these in attendance at Silver Scream Con. As well as, Acey and Eric launched a website, murderdollsofficial.com, that purports to cater to the entire MURDERDOLLS alumni and their legion of followers affectionally generally known as The Ghoulscouts.
On August 25, Wednesday 13 took to his social media to throw shade at his former bandmates, insisting that any merchandise being marketed utilizing the MURDERDOLLS logos, music and lyrics is unapproved and unauthorized. Two days later (August 27),Acey responded to Wednesday, saying that the re-release of “Past The Valley Of The Murderdolls” is formally licensed after he went via a “time-consuming and costly” course of reinstating the belongings from Warner Music Group which totally acquired Roadrunner Information in 2010 after first shopping for 73.5% of the corporate in January 2007. He additionally invited all former member of the MURDERDOLLS to “use the band as a platform for their very own endeavors”. (See Acey‘s full assertion under.)
On August 28, Wednesday 13 as soon as once more took to his social media to make clear his place on the MURDERDOLLS dispute. He wrote: “Good day everybody, I need to take a second to clarify my feedback this week on this MURDERDOLLS state of affairs.
“My points don’t have anything to do with any ex members celebrating the twentieth anniversary of that album. I’ve been celebrating the anniversary as nicely on my excursions this yr. Nevertheless I’ve been celebrating it as Wednesday 13, not MURDERDOLLS.
“The primary album launched in 2002, all music was written by Joey and I. The one different member to contribute to this report was Tripp [Eisen] with a couple of guitar solos. All different devices/vocals are carried out by Joey and Wednesday. We assembled the touring lineup after the recording was completed consisting of Eric, Ben and Acey.
“The band went on hiatus eight years after this and returned in 2010 with the sophomore MURDERDOLLS album. This album and touring lineup didn’t characteristic any of the touring members from the primary album. This was determined by Joey, as his resolution to solely have he and I photographed on that album.
“This was Joey‘s band, he invited me into this world, and I’m able to do what I do at present due to him and the MURDERDOLLS identify, and that is what this entire state of affairs is about.
“MURDERDOLLS trademark had lapsed. This was unknown to Joey or I because the band was inactive and nobody was looking forward to this. Nevertheless it appears Acey was looking forward to it, and utilized for the MD trademark to take the identify behind our backs. Acey succeeded in gaining the trademark. He utilized for this trademark 1 yr earlier than I used to be notified and a yr earlier than Joey‘s passing. He by no means notified Joey about this, as he knew he can be livid and never approve.
“There is no different method I can view this aside from he stole the identify from Joey. He’s now launching web sites, merchandise, and our first album as Official MURDERDOLLS, erasing my identify out of the bio/ historical past of the band.
“It is unhappy that I’ve needed to make this a public dialogue, however that is the place we’re. I am not concerned with this case as a result of I selected to not be concerned with it. It does not sit nicely with me and I can’t get behind it.”
Wednesday 13 elaborated on his ongoing dispute with Slade in a brand new interview with the Neil Jones Rock Present on TotalRock. He mentioned (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I do not assume individuals perceive precisely the main points of it and why it is so irritating and it bothers me.
“My buddy Joey Jordison, who handed away final yr, MURDERDOLLS was his band that he made with me; he invited me to be part of that. The opposite guys concerned with that band had been touring musicians… However the primary two guys that wrote that music was he and I.
“Joey, as everyone knows, handed away final yr, however earlier than that, Joey was going via some well being points — he was on a cane; he could not play drums. And this man got here in whereas Joey was sick and stole the identify from him, beneath him, a yr and a half earlier than he died. And his intentions had been to hijack the band and steal it, whether or not Joey or I accepted of it. However Joey died, so now he tells all people, ‘I did this for Joey. I took the identify for Joey. I needed the legacy for Joey.’ It is a fucking lie. That man is a thief. And I’ll spend the remainder of my days combating him on this. And that man can fuck off.”
When interviewer Neil Jones famous that the entire thing appears like a “money seize,” Wednesday responded: “It is 100% money seize. The man advised me that; he advised me that is what it’s.”
Requested if he feels he owes it to his buddy Joey to get the trademark away from Slade‘s management, Wednesday mentioned: “A hundred percent. And that is why I am doing this. As a result of I do know Joey very nicely — I knew him higher than lots of people did — and I do know that he can be livid. And so I’ve to talk for myself and I’ve to talk for him as a result of nobody else is. And like I mentioned, it is only a silly, unlucky state of affairs, and I will put an finish to it; I promise you that.”
After the completion of the touring cycle for “Past The Valley Of The Murderdolls”, MURDERDOLLS went on hiatus in order that guitarist Joey Jordison might give attention to his different band SLIPKNOT. In 2010, MURDERDOLLS launched a sophomore album, “Girls And Kids Final”, which didn’t characteristic Slade, Griffin and drummer Ben “The Ghoul” Graves, all of whom performed on “Past The Valley Of The Murderdolls”.
Just some days previous to “Girls And Kids Final”‘s arrival, Slade gave an interview to Weblog Discuss Radio‘s “Zombilly’s Horror Hour” during which he mentioned that he wasn’t invited to participate within the making of the LP.
“We waited round a very long time — myself, Eric and the Ghoul — we waited round a very long time to do that report. And when Joey and Wednesday mentioned that they needed to do it by themselves, that was a little bit of a… like, ‘Actually?! That is not what we mentioned,'” he mentioned. “However, fairly frankly, it is like, okay, nicely, it has been seven years. You’ll be able to’t maintain any individual to one thing they mentioned seven years in the past. It is like, ‘Okay, cool.'”
Acey went on to say that he did not like the fabric on “Girls And Kids Final”. “I believe it seems like all of the issues that the band mentioned that we weren’t gonna be,” he mentioned. “After I was within the band, it was, ‘We do not drop-tune — we tune commonplace ‘trigger we’re a rock band — it is all tongue-in-cheek, nothing’s severe. And now it is drop-tuned, it is severe subject material, and it is not one thing I needed to be part of. It is like, wow, we had been alleged to be a enjoyable band that pissed individuals off, not a pissed off band that’s writing… I do not know… It seems like DISTURBED to me. It seems like DISTURBED with Rob Zombie vocals. That was the opposite factor, too. [Laughs] All people was, like, ‘You guys are like ALICE COOPER meets ROB ZOMBIE,’ and we weren’t. And it looks like all of the adverse issues that folks thought of us earlier than they heard us, the band has now turn into. I am not all for that. I’ve much more creativity than that. And people guys do, too. So I am a little bit disenchanted for them. However you understand, hey…. no matter. I suppose they’re blissful doing it, however it’s not one thing that I might wanna be part of. And it is, like, bizarre, the entire Joey and Wednesday… They have footage of simply Joey and Wednesday. I believe it is fairly clear that they did not need anybody else on the celebration; they need it to be an unique factor for them, I suppose.”
Wednesday 13 reunited with Griffin and Slade on stage for the primary time in over a decade in August 2018 at Fortunate Strike Dwell in Hollywood. The occasion, which celebrated the lifetime of Graves, noticed the trio performing a few of MURDERDOLLS‘ traditional songs.
Graves, who additionally labored with PRETTY BOY FLOYD and DOPE, handed away in Might 2018 after a year-long battle with most cancers. He was solely 45 years previous.
The MURDERDOLLS did quite a lot of main excursions in help of “Past The Valley Of The Murderdolls”. By the summer season of 2003, the tenacity of the band was paying off. Excursions with IRON MAIDEN, PAPA ROACH and the FOO FIGHTERS around the globe and a High 40 U.Ok. single with “White Wedding ceremony” made the band fan favourite in Steel Hammer, Steel Edge, Kerrang! and Rock Sound magazines.
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