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Murderdolls – Bootleg Live Beast Fest (2002)

The Murderdolls traveled to Japan to do Beast Fest in 2002. This audio bootleg was recorded in the winter of 2002 when they were doing the support for Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls.  I personally have had a copy for this show for some time and enjoy it as it opens with Dawn of the Dead.  The energy of the show is great with a pile of jumping and crowd interaction.

Setlist

  1. Dawn of the Dead
  2. Let’s go to War
  3. She Was a Teenage Zombie
  4. Slit My Wrists
  5. Love at First Fright
  6. Twist My Sister
  7. Die My Bride
  8. People Hate Me
  9. Dead in Hollywood
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Members

Wednesday 13
Joey Jordison
Acey Slade
Erick Griffin
Ben Graves

 

 

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Murderdolls – Bootleg Live Waldrock Festival (2003)

In 2003 the Murderdolls played the Waldrock Festival which it was recorded.  I at one time had a video version of this recording but somehow misplaced it and now all I have currently is the audio version. (back in the Napster days)This show is special as they actually played White Wedding during the set. Wednesday 13 gets on the crowd for not being into the show and not to be a pussy.

Setlist

  1. She Was a Teenage Zombie
  2. Let’s Go to War
  3. Slit My Wrist
  4. Love at First Fright
  5. Twist My Sister
  6. Die My Bride
  7. People Hate Me
  8. Mother Fucker I Don’t Care
  9. White Wedding
  10. I Love to Say Fuck
  11. Dead in Hollywood

Members

Wednesday 13
Joey Jordison
Eric Griffin
Acey Slade
Ben Graves

 

 

Murderdolls – Bootleg Live Radio 3 (2003)

This bootleg is a more popular one when it comes to the Murderdolls era. The whole film is pro shot and seems to be recorded for television overseas. (even though there is a small crowd there). The band is prime form here and playing their hearts out. Wednesday13 even has a mic issue for a few seconds during the first song. (and during People Hate Me he brushes his teeth with a large blue toothbrush)  Acey Slade is rocking it with full on jumping, windmill strums, head swinging and seems to be on fire.

Setlist

  1. She Was a Teenage Zombie
  2. Slit My Wrists
  3. Love at First Fright
  4. Twist My Sister
  5. Die My Bride
  6. People Hate Me
  7. Dead in Hollywood
  8. I Love to Say Fuck

Members

Wednesday 13
Joey Jordison
Eric Griffin
Ben Graves
Acey Slade

 

 

 

 

Murderdolls – Bootleg Live Summer Sonic Festival Japan (2002)

Near the beginning of the tour for the support of Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls, they did a festival in Japan in 2002.  I believe this video was recorded before the release of the record which is insane as the crowd is eating it up. We have crowd surfing, fists pumping, slam dancing and the band’s energy is high and full of anger. The video opens with the band backstage getting ready to hit the stage right to end of the smashing set and small group greet.

Setlist

  1. Mr. Motherfucker
  2. She Was a Teenage Zombie
  3. Lets Go to War
  4. Slit My Wrist
  5. Love at First Fright
  6. Twist My Sister
  7. Dead in Hollywood
  8. I Love to Say Fuck

 

Members

Wednesday 13
Joey Jordison
Acey Slade
Eric Griffin
Ben Graves

 

 

Murderdolls – Bootleg Live Big Day Out (2003)

The Murderdolls did a number of festivals due to the popularity of the band. They played this out door concert in 2003 in support of Beyond The Valley of the Murderdolls. The set list was short due to the time on stag for this festival.  The energy of the line up and the crowd is insane. Lots of fist pumping , crowd yelling and head banging, head twirling at this show.  Ben Graves is on fire on the drums for this show… plus a nice added touch of GnR  during People Hate Me.

Setlist

  1. Die My Bride
  2. Graverobbing USA
  3. Mother Fucker I Don’t Care
  4. Dead in Hollywood
  5. People Hate Me
  6. The Devil Made Me Do it
  7. Twist My Sister

Members

Wednesday 13
Joey Jordison
Eric Griffin
Ben Graves
Acey Slade

 

 

Tripp Eisen

Tripp Eisen (1999-2002)

Tripp Eisen met Joey Jordison when Slipknot and Dope were on tour together in 1999. In 2000 both of them decide to do a side project which they used their musical tastes together and created a band know as The Rejects with Dizzy Draztik on vocals, Joey on guitar , Racci Shay at the time on drums and Wednesday 13 on bass.

In 2002 The Rejects released a mix of recordings called Strung Out, Pissed Off and Ready to Die. Dizzy released a CD called Love Songs for People that Hate in 2013 form The Rejects. Some of the recordings were recorded 17 years before the release.

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Dizzy left the band for personal reasons and Wednesday 13 flipped to vocals. Soon after, the decision was made to move Wednesday 13 into the front man position. The recording of the album was moved into high gear. Wednesday 13 brought several of his own songs with him. Then, after the album was finished, the line-up was completed by Eric Griffin on bass and Ben Graves on drums.

Tripp became involved with Static X at this time but was involved in both recordings of Right to Remain Violent and Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls.

(Tripp Eisen during the Murderdolls (in the middle))

Tripp appeared in the band’s debut video, Dead in Hollywood. Eisen ultimately parted ways with the band due to Static-X’s recording schedule so he could fully contribute to the band’s third album, Shadow Zone. He was replaced with guitarist Acey Slade.

(Tripp is on the right at the end)

While a member of Static-X, Eisen was arrested in 2005 on a felony charge in California  for having sexual intercourse with an underage girl.

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Joey Jordison

Joey Jordison (2002-2004 / 2010-2011)

In 2001 while on Slipknot was on the Ozzfest tour Joey Jordison met Tripp Eisen from Static X and they started a conversation of doing a side project. 2002 the band was created and called The Rejects but they went through a name change called Murderdolls and they recruited Wednesday 13 originally to play bass from the Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13.  After the vocalist Dizzy left the band for personal reasons Wednesday 13 took over the mic and they started to re-record old Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 and Maniac Spider Trash songs.

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In 2002 The Rejects released a mix of recordings called Strung Out, Pissed Off and Ready to Die. Dizzy released a CD called Love Songs for People that Hate in 2013 form The Rejects. Some of the recordings were recorded 17 years before the release.

Joey in this band did not sit behind the drumkit like his other band Slipknot but instead played guitar.  The band once settled with members along such as Wednesday 13 (vocals), Tripp Eisen  (guitar), Eric Griffon (bass) and drummer at the time Ben Graves the band recorded their first EP called Right to Remain Violent in 2002.

Not long after that record they decided to do a full length record and released Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls. Which like the record before was made up of past Wednesday 13 songs which were re-recorded. The record was a big success and with the help of their imagery of looking like a cross between old Motley Crue meets Marilyn Manson they gained a huge fan base. Even in 2002 they made an appearance on a episode of Dawson Creek.

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In 2004 the band played their finally show with this line up as Joey wanted to focus back to Slipknot. The band did not split up but it was seen as a break for Joey and Wednesday 13.

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In 2010 Joey and Wednesday 13 revisited the Murderdolls  working together again and they recorded  Women and Children Last. They did not reunite the past members of the band ,  instead recruited guitarist Roman Surman for the record and tour. After a few touring in support of the record Wednesday 13 announced that the Murderdolls have split up. The reasoning between Joey and Wednesday 13 was disclosed.

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Murderdolls 2010 era

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

(Murderdolls tour poster)

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.

(Murderdolls UK Poster)

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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