Ex-Dope/Murderdolls, Etc. Drummer Ben Graves Dead At 46

Ex-Dope/Murderdolls/Pretty Boy Floyd drummer Ben Graves has sadly passed away today (May 9) at the age of 46. His death follows an 11 month cancer battle. R.I.P.

His fiancée Lydia issued the following statement:

“A message from Ben’s fiancé, Lydia.

This is incredibly hard for me to write this, but I know it is necessary because Ben has so many friends and fans.

Most of you don’t know that Ben has been battling cancer for the last 11 months. It was his decision to keep his health very quiet.

Ben passed away today, May 9th 2018, from complications due to his cancer. His diagnosis was grim but he fought a long and hard battle to try and beat it and overcome the odds. Some battles can’t be won no matter how hard you try.

Please respect me, his family and close friends while we grieve. Even though we knew it was eventually coming, the complication was sudden and very unexpected.

It’s devastating to lose someone you love more than yourself. My heart is broken, my heart died with him.

We will be taking him home to Massachusetts. I will organize a memorial for Ben’s LA friends, details to follow…



Dope To Release “Dope: The Early Years 1997 / 1998” In December

Dope will be commemorating their 20th anniversary by releasing a new set titled “Dope: The Early Years 1997 / 1998.” It will be available on December 1, and it will come with a 32-page story book full of previously unseen photos, and a personal story about the group by Edsel Dope, as well as 20 remastered tracks, and four previously unreleased songs. These are the original bedroom demos, which led to the band rising to the top of the New York club scene. Some versions will also come with a replica of the band’s first concert poster. You can find preorders HERE. Edsel Dope commented:

“I can’t believe that it’s been 20 years since I started this band back in 1997. I couldn’t be more excited to share this unique package, along with the true / uncensored story of how it all begin. This was something that only a small community of people in NYC were able to share with us, back in the day. To be able to bring this to our fans all across the world 20 years later is surreal for me.. I designed the entire package myself and I went to great lengths to create something that our Die Hard fans would greatly appreciate.”

Dope & (hed)p.e. Announce 2017 U.S. Tour, Ill Niño To Play Select Dates

Dope and (hed)p.e. have announced a fall tour together. Ill Niño will also appear on select dates.

Tour Dates:

10/04 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
10/05 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/06 Jerome, ID – Diamondz Event Center
10/07 Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joes
10/08 Denver, CO – Herman’s Hideaway
10/09 Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge
10/10 Waterloo, IA – The Reverb / Spicoli’s
10/11 Madison, WI – The Annex
10/12 Joliet, IL – The Forge
10/13 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
10/15 Cleveland, OH – The Agora
10/16 Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
10/17 Niagara Falls, NY – Evening Star Concert Hall
10/18 Halethorpe, MD – Fish Head Cantina
10/19 Lawrence, MA – Claddagh (feat. Ill Niño)
10/20 Laconia, NH – Whiskey Barrel (feat. Ill Niño)
10/21 Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom (feat. Ill Niño)
10/22 Sayreville, NJ – The Starland Ballroom (feat. Ill Niño & 40 Below Summer)
10/23 Reading, PA – The Reverb (feat. Ill Niño)
10/24 Greensboro, NC – Arizona Pete’s
10/25 Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall
10/26 Orlando, FL – The Abbey
10/27 West Palm Beach, FL – Kelsey Theater
10/28 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
10/30 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
10/31 San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
11/01 Dallas, TX – Trees
11/02 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
11/03 Lawton, OK – Great Plains Coliseum
11/04 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios Live
11/05 Farmington, NM – Top Deck
11/06 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
11/07 Las Vegas, NV – Adrenaline
11/08 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
11/09 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick

Ill Niño, 40 Below Summer, Dope & (hed)p.e. Announce “Halloween Homecoming” Show

Ill Niño, 40 Below Summer, Dope, and (hed)p.e. have announced that they will playing a show together at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on October 22. This date is expected to be a one-off.

Dope Premiere New Video For Cover Of Ministry’s “Thieves” Feat. Andy LaPlegua (Combichrist)

Dope have premiered a new video for their cover of Ministry’s “Thieves,” feat. Andy LaPlegua (Combichrist). This song is from the band’s upcoming album “Blood Money Part 2.”

Edsel Dope said the following about the clip which takes shots at Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton:

“Like many people, I wasn’t pro Hillary, nor was I pro Trump. I’m pro America and all of the politicians appear to be crooked in one way or another… As a result., we had a good time throwing all of them under the bus in this video.”

LaPlegua added:

“I’m not a fan of cover songs. When Edsel reached out to me about doing ‘Thieves’ together I was really skeptical – but in the end I think we do the mighty Ministry justice… and I’m sure Uncle Al will love the video!”

To celebrate the release of the track fans can get 50% off of select general admission and VIP meet & greets at www.EnterTheVault.com.

Dope, Combichrist, September Mourning, & Davey Suicide Announce 2017 Tour

Dope, Combichrist, September Mourning, and Davey Suicide have announced a 2017 tour together. Check out the dates below.


Tour Dates:

03/02 Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joe’s
03/03 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
03/04 Merriam, KS – Aftershock
03/05 Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
03/06 Omaha, NE – Underground
03/07 Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s Oasis
03/08 St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
03/09 Dubuque, IA – Courtside
03/10 Ringle, WI – Q&Z Expo Center
03/12 Madison, WI – The Annex
03/13 Cudahy, WI – The Metal Grill
03/14 Cleveland, OH – The Agora
03/15 Arlington Heights, IL – HOME Bar
03/16 Valparaiso, IN – Big Shots
03/17 Belvedere, IL – The Apollo Theatre
03/18 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
03/19 Battle Creek, MI – The Music Factory
03/20 Louisville, KY – Trixie’s Ent. Complex
03/21 Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
03/24 Worcester, MA – Palladium
03/25 Halethorpe, MD – Fish Head Cantina
03/26 Greensboro, NC – Arizona Pete’s
03/28 Winter Park, FL – The Haven
03/29 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
03/30 Fort Lauderdale, FL – O’Malley’s Sports Bar
04/02 New Orleans, LA – Southport Music Hall
04/03 Austin, TX – Grizzly Hall
04/04 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
04/05 San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s
04/06 Dallas, TX – Trees
04/08 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
04/09 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater