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Johnny Kelly

Johnny Kelly (2018)

Johnny Kelly joined to help the Murderdolls play tribute to the late Ben Graves in 2018. Johnny Kelly has past experience playing from bands like Type O Negative, Danzig, Black Label Society and his current band Devil Kill Hill.

Johnny was asked to join behind the kit for the tribute for Ben Graves.

Alex, Johnny, Eric and Wednesday 13.

 

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Alex Kane

Alex Kane (2002, 2018)

Alex Kane was not a true member of the Murderdolls but did join the band on stage in 2002 to replace Eric as he had to deal with a personal family issue and also in 2018 for the one night show dedicated to the late Ben Graves. Alex took up the guitar to play to the dedication to the late Ben.

Alex played in a band called AntiProduct with Ben.

Alex Kane on the far left playing that the Murderdolls tribute to Ben Graves. 

Murderdolls – Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls (2002)

After releasing the teaser of Right to Remain Violent the Murderdolls decided it was time  to unleash all they had in their collection of Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 , The Rejects and Maniac Spider Trash playlist. During the writing and re-recording process Wednesday 13 took one track called Hooray for Horrorwood to create the new track Dead in Hollywood. Also the track Motherfucker from Maniac Spider Trash became Motherfucker, I Don’t Care. A few others came from the Rejects days just prior.

Some of the material on this records was also some unreleased demos from Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 so seeing the Murderdolls doing this was fresh for the fans. The band finalized its line-up for to support this  record as not long after Tripp Eisen left the band and was replaced by Acey Slade.

The record went to number 40 in the UK and they played some pretty big shows to support this record. The first single was Dead in Hollywood, second single was Love at First Fright and the third single was the Billy Idol remake of White Wedding.

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Track List

1 Slit My Wrist
2 Twist My Sister
3 Dead in Hollywood
4 Love at First Fright
5 People Hate Me
6 She Was a Teenage Zombie
7 Die My Bride
8 Graverobbing U.S.A.
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10 Dawn of the Dead
11 Let’s Go to War
12 Dressed to Depress
13 Kill Miss America
14 B-Movie Scream Queen
15 Motherfucker, I Don’t Care
16 Crash Crash (bonus track)
17 Let’s Fuck (bonus track)
18 I Take Drugs (bonus track)
19 White Wedding (bonus track)
20 Welcome to the Strange (bonus track)
21 I Love to Say Fuck (bonus track)

Band Members

Wednesday 13 – Vocals, Bass

Joey Jordison – Drums, Guitar

Tripp Eisen – Guitar

Touring Members

Wednesday 13 – Vocals

Joey Jordison – Guitar

Acey Slade – Guitar

Eric Griffon – Bass

Ben Graves – Drums

Personal View – This is the record that got me started in my Wednesday 13 frenzy. The recordings are clear and fresh and the sound has more of metal edge to it instead of the punk. The bonus tracks are hit and miss but that’s why they are bonus tracks. Overall there is not a bad song on this record but it would of been nice to have more audio samples in it.

 

Murderdolls (2002-2004 / 2010-2011 / 2018)

Murderdolls (2002-2004 / 2010-2011)

The Murderdolls originally came from the idea of Joey Jordison when he was in a band known as The Rejects. The Rejects split up when Joey decides to the leave the band as his newer and more aggressive band Slipknot was signing a record deal. At some point in 1999 Joey decide to do another side project and bring The Rejects back. He met with past vocalist Dizzy Draztik, guitar player from Static X named Tripp Eisen, drummer from Dope Racci Shay, and some unknown bassist named Ian at that time.

Dizzy introduced Joey to the music of The Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 and talked him into inviting front man Wednesday 13 in 2001 to be the new bassist. Not long after Dizzy left the band to take of personal matters with his mother and Wednesday 13 moved from bass to vocals for the band. At this time the band changed their name also to Murderdolls and took over where the Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 left off. the image of band was a cross between Motley Crue (in the 83 era) meets Marilyn Manson.

The band started to play their music and started to create some new material with the same horror themes.  The first record was started to be done and it was made up mostly of old Wednesday 13 songs.

In 2002 after the record was done they brought in a new drummer Ben Graves and a bass player named Eric Griffon. The record was seen as a EP called Right to Remain Violent. Not long after they released a full length records called Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls.

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(Early Group Shots 2002 of Murderdolls when Tripp Eisen was in the band.)

Not long after the release of the record and some shows Tripp Eisen announced that he will be going to back to his old band Static X and was replaced with new guitarist Acey Slade. The band went on to do a very successful tour run in support of the record with bands like Iron Maiden and the Foo Fighters.

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In 2003 the band released an EP single for the Billy Idol remake of White Wedding. They kept touring successfully until the beginning of 2004 when Joey announced that he was going to work more on the Slipknot project but Wednesday 13 and Joey both said the band did not break up.

(Murderdolls during the Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls era with Acey Slade.)

After a long break in the band as Joey kept working with Slipknot and Wednesday 13 did a pile of solo records and other projects, in 2010 they both announced that they were going to work on a new record. The band was mostly new except for Joey and Wednesday but they brought back Racci Shay and Jason “”Shakes” West later on  drums and new members guitarist Roman Surman and bassist Jack Tankersley. The second record was called Women & Children Last and was a much darker CD.

Murderdolls 2010-2011 era (Roman, Jason, Joey, W13, Jack)

The band did some touring with Guns n’ Roses, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and Ozzfest in the UK. Before the band got into the North American side of the tour Joey decided to join Rob Zombie and deal with the death of past Slipknot member Paul Gray. In 2011 Wednesday 13 announced that the Murderdolls were split for good.

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Murderdolls 2010 era (W13/Joey)

In 2018 after the passing of Ben Ghoul Graves from his battle of cancer, they had a 1 show reunion of some members. Wednesday 13, Acey Slade and Eric Griffon got together and paid respect with a opening set list.

Murderdolls 1 night semi reunion for Ben the Ghoul Graves in 2018.

 

 

 

 

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