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Rat Bastard

Rat Bastard (1994 /1996)

Found on some earlier demos of Maniac Spider Trash is that Eddie Ford played drums for the band before Sicko Zero.

Rat Bastard (aka Crazy Eddie Ford) replaced Seaweed on bass for the Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 late 1996.  Eddie and Wednesday 13 went to high school together and were good friends. Not much more is known of Rat Bastard except that he jumped on bass and did a number of live shows before himself and Sicko Zero called it quits and it ended the band for that time.

(Rat Bastard and Sicko Zero in late 1996)

(Sicko Zero, Rat Bastard and Wednesday 13 late 1996)

Jason “Shakes” West

Jason “Shakes” West (2011 –  2014/ 2019)

Jason “Shakes” West came from a support drummer for Sebastian Bach,  he joined as a drummer for Wednesday 13 during the end of the Murderdolls tour for Women and Children Last, after that  they regrouped to record Calling All Corpses in 2011 . He did the record and finished the tour.

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(Jason Shakes West during Calling all Corpses era)

He was also part of the band during the recording of the EP Spook and Destroy in 2012. He continued in the band in 2013 for The Dixie Dead and also continued that tour to the end .

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In 2015 Jason did the recording of the drums for Wednesday 13 for Monsters of the Universe. He did the first part of the tour but was replaced by the keyboardist Kyle Castronovo, who took over the drum role and went on with Evil United.

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Jason “Shakes” West

Jason got asked to fill in behind the drum kit in early 2019 on the Cradle of Filth support tour as Kyle had to leave for a few weeks for a family matter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johnny Chops

Johnny Chops (2008 – 2010)

Johnny Chops , real name Jonathan Henrich  joined as drummer for Wednesday 13 during the  Skeletons  tour. Johnny Chops replaced Racci Shay on drums for the tour and appeared on the live CD/DVD Fuck It, We’ll Do It Live.

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Johnny Chops

Johnny Chops was replaced by Jason “Shakes” West in 2011 and went on to join AntiProduct.

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(Johnny Chops second from the left in band shot)

 

 

 

R.S. Saidso

R.S. Saidso (1997)

R.S. Saidso joined the Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 in 1997 from the band Silly Scream replacing Scabs after the band just reunited the first time (Scabs lasted 2 weeks). He recorded with the band an EP in which they use to sell during their shows (the one with the sticker).

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R.S. Saidso

R.S. Saidso announced during the reunion tour for that he would be leaving the band to join a group with Abby Normal called Dragster 66 at the end of the tour. lots of rumors built around Wednesday 13 , Seaweed and their relationship with R.S. Saidso. It did not end well.

R.S. Saidso was replaced with the original drummer Sicko Zero in 1998. He went on to create his own band.

Weird fact is R.S. Saidso was close to Seaweed and they were in a band together called Electra – Kill and R.S. Saidso was the vocalist.

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(Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 concert poster from 97)

 

 

 

Kyle Castronovo

 Kyle Castronovo (2015 – Present)

Son of the drummer from Journey Deen Castronovo, Kyle Castronovo joined Wednesday 13 as a keyboardist originally for the tour of  Monsters of the Universe: Come on Out and Plague in 2015.

(Kyle playing keyboards during first leg of Monsters of the Universe tour)

 He later became the drummer replacing Jason “Skakes” West.  Kyle Castronovo did the most of the tour for Monsters of the Universe.

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(Kyle during the Monsters Tour era)

Kyle was the recording drummer for Condolences and did the tour to support that record.

(Kyle started to play with make up more during Condolences )

October 2018 Wednesday 13 did his Halloween again in the UK but this time he split it up over the weekend. The Friday night they did Skeletons from beginning to end to celebrate the 10th anniversary. (also Roman proposed to his girlfriend Shelly D’ Inferno on stage)The Saturday night Wednesday 13 did a special Frankenstein Drag Queens Set.

Beginning of 2019 they started to tour again with the band but this time joined as a opener with Cradle of Filth. (with side opener Raven Black). His set list was dropped to  a smaller one as they toured North America again as a opening band.

During early 2019 during the support of the Cradle of Filth tour Kyle had to take a few shows off for personal reasons and was replaced by Jason “Shakes” West during that very brief period.

In 2019 Wednesday 13 released a few singles off the new record Necrophaze. The first being Zodiac which they played live a few times before, Decompose, Bring Your Own Blood and the title track Necrophaze.

In September the record Necrophaze was released with the same members as before in the band W13, Roman, Troy, Jack and Kyle. Even this time on the record it has guest singers and the other members had more of a role in the writing.

 

 

 

 

 

Ghastly

Ghastly (2005 – 2007)

Ghastly was the first drummer for Wednesday 13’s solo band.  He was involved in the recording and tour for the first record called Transylvania 90210: Songs of Death, Dying, and the Dead .

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Ghastly was still part of the band in 2006 when Wednesday 13 released his second record called Fang Bang and continued as drummer for that beginning of the tour but was replaced by Racci Shay. By 2007 he was no longer part of the band.

 

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(Wednesday 13 band in 2005 , Ghastly on far right.)

 

 

 

Scabs

Scabs (1997  / 2001-2002)

Scabs real name is David Hughes, he joined the Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 after the band reformed the first time in 1997. At this time he did not stay long in the band about 2 weeks along with guitarist Creepy.

Scabs returned in the band in 2001 and was part of the recording of Viva Las Violence as he replaced Sicko Zero. This was around the time  the band still wore make-up during this period, they removed their wigs. He finished the tour with the band but was no longer part the band after disbanded in 2002.

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Scabs on the far right

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Scabs on the far right

(Wednesday 13 and Scabs on drums)

In the spring of 2016 Scabs passed away from complications of high blood pressure.

 

 

 

 

Racci Shay

Racci Shay (1999 -2002 /2008-2010 )

Racci Shay played in the band The Rejects with Joey Jordison and Tripp Eisen. When the band gained Wednesday 13 finally as the vocalist and they changed the name to Murderdolls . In 2002 The Rejects released a mix of recordings called Strung Out, Pissed Off and Ready to Die.  Racci was replaced by Katie Scabs.

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(Racci Shay with Dope)

Racci Shay played with the band Dope till 2005 when he quit and decided to join back with Wednesday 13 and his solo project to replace Ghastly for the Fang Bang tour.

(Racci Shay during Fang Bang era)

He worked on both the Bloodwork EP and the Skeletons record in 2008.

In 2010 he joined Wednesday 13 and Joey Jordison again as pat of the Murderdolls for the tour band alongside guitarist Roman Surman and guitarist Jack Tankersley to support Women and Children Last.

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(Racci Shay Murderdolls and Wednesday 13 tour)

 

 

Sicko Zero

Sicko Zero (1992-1996 / 1996 / 1997-2000 / 2005-2006)

Born as Doug McCollum, much like the other members, the drummer Sicko Zero came from North Carolina. He joined Wednesday 13’s band Maniac Spider Trash in 1992 replacing a drummer named Eddie Ford. He was in the band for both their records Dumpster Mummies and Murder Happy Fairytales and did all the shows in that band.

(Sicko Zero during Maniac Spider Trash era)

When the Maniac Spider Trash disbanded he left with Wednesday 13 and Abby Normal to start a new project called The Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13. In 1996 he did the first recording with the band on their first record called The Late, Late, Late Show and did a chunk of the shows until he left in late 1996 and the band ended.

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(In group photo Sicko Zero is in the red wig)

Wednesday 13 started the band again in 1997 but Sicko Zero was not invited until the end of 1997 when he rejoined the band after R.S. Saidso  quit. Sicko Zero recorded the second record Night of the Living Drag Queens in 1998 and that did that tour.

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In 2000 Sicko Zero was also involved in the third record Songs From the Recently Deceased and did the support of that tour until keyboardist Ikky joined and he disliked this change and left the band yet again.

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(Sicko Zero on the far left (era without wigs))

In 2005 after Wednesday 13 released a greatest hits package of  re-recorded songs of The Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13 called 6 Years, 6 Feet Under the Influence the year before he decide reunite the band yet again. He recruited Sicko Zero and Abby Normal again to be part of it and did some select shows to support it. In 2006 the band also released a box set called Little Box of Horrors.

(Sicko Zero during 204-2005 era)

Sicko Zero later on joined The Graveyard Boulevard with Abby Normal and Seaweed.