The legendary California band played the final show of its farewell tour last November at the Forum in Los Angeles. One day later, Ayesha King said that there is “not a chance in hell” that the thrash metal icons will reunite for more shows.
Last fall, SLAYER‘s management told Pollstar that more than $10 million worth of merchandise had been sold on the band’s farewell tour prior to the launch of the trek’s final leg.
Kristen Mulderig, who works with SLAYER‘s management company, Rick Sales Entertainment Group, told Pollstar that there will still be plenty of SLAYER-related activities now that the band is no longer performing live.
“We’re in legacy mode,” Mulderig said, “which is a lot to do, even though they won’t be making records or on the road. They still have their endorsers, there’s still merch and branding to do — sync licenses and who knows? Maybe coming up with some sort of event that is SLAYER-based. This is all stuff we’re thinking about and talking about. SLAYER lives on, absolutely.”
Formed nearly four decades ago, the quartet has released 12 studio albums, selling millions of records worldwide without the hint of a hit single.
The two remaining original members of SLAYER are King and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya.
When SLAYER first announced that it was embarking on its final tour back in January 2018, Ayesha assured fans that they would “always get music” from her husband.
King has said in previous interviews that his post-SLAYER musical efforts would not be much different from the sound fans have grown accustomed to hearing from him.
“If someone quit, I’m not going to go around with a made-up SLAYER,” he told AZCentral.com back in 2010. “But my next band would sound like SLAYER, that’s all I know.”
King told Rolling Stone in 2015 that he had entertained the idea of working on a solo project. “There’s plenty of people that I considered doing [one] with … but I have to have SLAYER covered before I consider anything like that,” he said at the time.
Guitarist/vocalist Shaun Morgan spoke about the follow-up to 2017’s “Poison The Parish” during a YouTube live chat and acoustic session earlier today (Sunday, May 24).
He said (see video below): “The new album is done and basically gonna be, I think, released in August at this point. A lot of it was written over the course of about 10 months. There were about 40 to 45 songs in contention for the album. We ended up settling on recording 21 tracks, which is more than we’ve recorded before. And yeah, we’ve kind of whittled down the album to include 13 tracks.”
He continued: “It’s my favorite album we’ve done to date — by far. The songs, I think, are the strongest songs we’ve written. I’m really super proud of it. I produced it again, with Matt Hyde [SLAYER, DEFTONES] engineering and Corey Lowery [guitar], my boy, as assistant engineer, and I think it turned out killer. We worked in a little place called Dark Horse studio [in Franklin, Tennessee], and we did 21 tracks, I think, in about 17 days, which, I think, is a testament to everybody having had the demos for a while and having learned it, so by the time we got in there, we didn’t waste any time. We worked long days — we started at about ten o’clock in the morning and worked till about ten o’clock at night. So there was no noon-till-six-type stuff that I’ve had to deal with in the past.
“I think you’ll like the new album,” he added. “I do. [Laughs] So hopefully that’s universal.”
SEETHER‘s seventh full-length studio album, “Poison The Parish” was the first release via Morgan‘s label imprint Canine Riot Records. The disc was recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, Tennessee and marked the first album produced in its entirety by Shaun.
Three years ago, drummer John Humphrey told the Dallas Observer about the more guitar-driven sound of “Poison The Parish”: “The intention was to turn up the guitar and bring back a little edge to SEETHER. We’ve had the honor of working with some great producers, but maybe in the end a few albums were mixed not entirely how we envisioned them.”
Morgan and bassist Dale Stewart formed SEETHER in South Africa in 1999 under the name SARON GAS. The band released its first album, “Fragile”, in 2000, and eventually caught the attention of American record label Wind-Up Records.
SEETHER has undergone several lineup changes over the years, with Morgan and Stewart remaining constant.
Before joining SEETHER, Lowery played in such bands as SAINT ASONIA, STUCK MOJO, STEREOMUD, EYE EMPIRE and DARK NEW DAY.
Photo credit: Marina Chavez
The original BULLETBOYS lineup made its live return on December 30 with a sold-out performance at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California.
Aside from one show in 2011, BULLETBOYS — featuring Marq Torien (vocals), Jimmy D’Anda (drums), Mick Sweda (guitar) and Lonnie Vencent (bass) — had not performed together since 1993.
BULLETBOYS formed in 1988 at the very peak of the Los Angeles glam metal movement. As a collection of talented musicians, BULLETBOYS were able to quickly capture the attention of music fans around the world. Unlike other rockers of the day, the BULLETBOYS possessed more hard rock-blues fusion than pure hair metal. Thanks to comparisons to the likes of AEROSMITH and VAN HALEN, talent scouts came running and the band quickly received their first major label contract.
BULLETBOYS‘ self-titled debut was released in 1988 via Warner Bros. and peaked at number 34 on the Billboard 200. The album spawned two hit singles, a cover of the O’JAYS classic “For The Love Of Money” and “Smooth Up in Ya”, both of which charted on the Mainstream Rock chart and saw regular airplay on MTV. BULLETBOYS went on to release two more albums, 1991’s “Freakshow” and 1993’s “Za-Za”, before splitting up.
During an appearance on a recent episode of the “Appetite For Distortion” podcast, Torien confirmed that the BULLETBOYS are putting together ideas for a new record. “We’ve been working on nothing but new music,” he said. “So we’re diligently writing right now. I’ve kind of put myself away — not talking on the phone, not going out; just diligently working with some stuff.
“This is gonna be such a diverse and really rad record that people have been really expecting from us for a long time,” he explained. “We’re taking our musical prowess into a completely new direction with just a lot of new ideas and with this recharged energy. I wanted to do something special.
“I hear a lot of music that’s out there and I’m fan of so many different bands, and not everybody is really taking risks or taking chances,” he added. “So I think we’re gonna be trying to do that on this next EP or album that we’re writing right now.”
The 61-year-old former MÖTLEY CRÜE singer, who lives in Nashville, wrote about the experience in a Facebook post.
He said: “Ok….going to vent a second. I went to grocery store today wearing my mask… Sausage…..check Hot Dog buns…..check On my way out the store I bought a TIME magazine dedicated to the last President Obama and his tenure…At which point a fucking opinionated, arrogant MOTHER FUCKER, took my magazine and threw it on the ground and proceeded to tell me…’I’m The Problem With America’…..I asked him what the fuck his problem was, and he commented ‘I’m the problem, I’m a snowflake liberal, buying into the media bullshit, wearing my mask, and buying that garbage about the idiot that ruined our country….So after his tirade, I calmly stated I’d beat his fucking ass for touching my shit and insulting me…What a fucking idiot!!!! You want me to respect your fucking choices…Then MOTHER FUCKER respect mine….Gloves off mother fucker!!! Let’s go…have a nice Memorial Day asshole..”
Earlier in the month, Corabi made BLABBERMOUTH.NET headlines when he reacted to photos that went viral of a dozen people walking through downtown Raleigh, North Carolina with weapons and flags. The pictures, which were taken on May 9 by The News & Observer photojournalist Travis Long, featured the protesters ordering sandwiches from a Subway shop. One was carrying an AT4 rocket launcher, with a sticker saying “inert” on it, slung over his back. The man also had two pistols in holsters on his waist.
In April, Corabi slammed people who have been protesting around the U.S. to urge governors to relax the strict rules on commerce, work and daily life that health officials have said are necessary to save lives.
Corabi joined CRÜE in 1992 as the replacement for the group’s original singer, Vince Neil, who was dismissed due to personal differences. With Corabi on vocals, MÖTLEY CRÜE released one critically acclaimed full-length CD, which ended up being a commercial failure in the wake of grunge despite a Top 10 placing on the album chart. When Neil returned to the fold in 1997, Corabi was left on his own and formed the band UNION with ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick.