WEDNESDAY 13 Blasts Former MURDERDOLLS Band Members Over ‘Unauthorized’ and ‘Unapproved’ Website and Merchandise
MEURDERDOLLS‘ founding singer wednesday 13 seems to have thrown shade at his former bandmates Acey Slade and Eric Griffin for launching a website and organizing an event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of MEURDERDOLLS‘ first album, “Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls”.
Earlier this week it was announced that Slade and Griffin will take part in a dedication on Sunday August 28 at silver cry convention at the Hilton Double Tree North Shore in Danvers, Massachusetts. The event will be streamed live on multiple platforms, including Youtube, ICT Tac and instagram. Acey and Eric will also meet after the announcement for those present at Money cry con. In addition, Acey and Eric have launched a website, assassindollsofficial.comwhich claims to answer all MEURDERDOLLS alumni and their legion of fans affectionately known as The Ghoulscouts.
Thursday (August 25),wednesday 13 took to his social media to write, “It’s a shame it has to be said, but here it is: MEURDERDOLLS was established in 2002 by Joey Jordan and wednesday 13. The name, the look, the lyrics, the music were all created by Joey Jordan and wednesday 13. anyone else Wednesday Where Joey pretending to be the official MEURDERDOLLS IS NOT OFFICIAL. Any merchandise advertised using Joey and Wednesdayit’s original MEURDERDOLLS logos, music and lyrics are NOT Approved or Authorized.”
After the completion of the touring cycle for “Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls”, MEURDERDOLLS paused so that the guitarist Joey Jordan could focus on his other group NOOSE. In 2010, MEURDERDOLLS released a second album, “Women and Children Last”which did not include Slade, Griffin and drummer Graves of Ben “The Ghoul”who have all played on “Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls”.
Just a few days before “Women and Children Last”the arrival, Slade gave an interview to Talk Radio Blogit is “Zombilly’s Horror Hour” in which he stated that he had not been asked to participate in the making of the LP.
“We have waited a long time – myself, Eric and the Ghoul – we waited a long time to make this record. And when Joey and Wednesday said they wanted to do it on their own, it was kind of… like, ‘Really?! That’s not what we discussed,” he said. “But, quite frankly, it’s like, okay, well, it’s been seven years. You can’t blame someone for something they said seven years ago. It’s like, ‘Okay, cool.'”
Acey went on to say that he didn’t like the material on “Women and Children Last”. “I think it sounds like all the things the band said we weren’t going to be,” he said. “When I was in the band, it was, ‘We don’t drop-tune — we tune the norm because we’re a rock band — everything’s ironic, nothing’s serious. And now it’s drop-tune, it’s a serious topic, and it’s not something I wanted to be a part of. It’s like, wow, we were supposed to be a fun band that pissed people off, not an angry band that wrote… I don’t know… it seems DISTURBED volume. That resembles DISTURBED with Rob Zombie voice. It was also the other thing. [Laughs] Everybody was, like, ‘You’re like ALICE COOPER meets ROB ZOMBIE,’ and we weren’t. And it seems like all the negative things people thought of us before they heard us, the band has now become. I do not care. I have a lot more creativity than that. And these guys too. So I’m a little disappointed for them. But you know, hey… whatever. I guess they’re happy to do it, but it’s not something I want to be a part of. And it’s like, weird, all that Joey and Wednesday… They have pictures of just Joey and Wednesday. I think it’s pretty clear that they didn’t want anyone else at the party; they want it to be an exclusive thing for them, I guess.”
wednesday 13 reunited with Griffin and Slade onstage for the first time in over a decade in August 2018 at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood. The event, which celebrated the life of Fallen downsaw the trio perform some of the MEURDERDOLLS‘ classic songs.
Fallen downwho also worked with PRETTY BOY FLOYD and DOPE, died in May 2018 after a year-long battle with cancer. He was only 45 years old.
The MEURDERDOLLS did a number of major tours in support of “Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls”. In the summer of 2003, the band’s tenacity paid off. Visits with IRON MAIDEN, DAD CARDS and the FOO FIGHTERS worldwide and a Top 40 single in the UK with “White wedding” made the band a fan favorite in metal hammer, Metal edge, Kerrang! and rock sound magazines.
Photo credit: Stephen Jensen at F3 studios for Napalm discs