Tripp Eisen Comments On Murderdolls Controversy: “I Am The Prime Mover Of The Lineup Of The Original Murderdolls”

As previously reported, Muderdolls frontman Wednesday 13 recently called out ex-guitarist Acey Slade for taking control of the band’s trademark. Now, former guitarist Tripp Eisen, who infamously served prison time for sexually assaulting two underage girls in 2005, has issued a statement, claiming he was instrumental in the band’s formation.

Eisen said the following:


I have been following the ongoing dispute with the MURDERDOLLS trademark controversy and the 20th Anniversary of the album and the public statements by the surviving members of the band I founded.

Why do I have to speak out about this? Because I am being cancelled. I did not have a small part in the history of The MURDERDOLLS. Acey Slade is relying on my being silent, but I just can’t. While I am Busy with my band FACE WITHOUT FEAR, I felt this issue needed to be addressed out of respect for what I helped to create and respect for the integrity of everything and everyone involved I have to unpack it.

Acey Slade was my dude. I brought him into this. I’ve known him since 1991, and we reconnected just a couple years ago and he gave me his number; so we kind of know each other.

Why should anyone listen to Tripp Eisen? Because I started the MURDERDOLLS with Joey Jordison in 2000. It was then called THE REJECTS, but the concept was already formulated and then taken further when I entered the picture with Joey and his singer at the time, Dizzy Reject.

It was glam-punk shock-rock. It already had a bit of a horror theme back then, too. We did several REJECTS shows from 2000 to 2002. Me and Joey were tight at the time and he was amazing to work with! Hearing the news of his passing cut me like a knife last year.


Acey Slade has said that it’s about ‘5 guys and 100,000 fans’. Well, it’s not as simple as that. For some reason, Joey entrusted me with finding the lineup for the band. I found Wednesday 13 as bassist for The Rejects in November 2001 and I moved him over to frontman and fired Dizzy in early 2002.

This led to one of the most important elements of the band: the songwriting collaboration between Joey and Wednesday! The songs!!! Killer!

I played most of the guitar solos on the album ‘Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls‘. These credits are clearly listed in the album booklet.

I found Eric Griffin and Ben Graves after the album was almost finished in 2002.

I tried to get Acey Slade into the project several times during THE REJECTS and then into MURDERDOLLS, but Joey didn’t want Acey at either time, or when he reformed the band later in 2010. Acey only came in when I had to make the difficult call to Joey to explain that I couldn’t do the tour due to my obligations to STATIC-X with the ‘Shadow Zone‘ album – I immediately suggested Acey to take my place.

Yes, it was about 5 guys, even before Acey joined the band. The MURDERDOLLS top-viewed video on YouTube in 2022 is still ‘Dead In Hollywood‘, which has the original 5 guys: Joey, Tripp, Wednesday, Eric, Ben. Those are the 5 guys that led to 100,000 fans. Acey was a fill-in for me and you’d think he would be grateful for me always looking out for him, in the band DOPE and THE REJECTS and MURDERDOLLS!; instead of cancelling, ignoring and erasing me. Acey, it’s hurtful, brother. You’re better than that. This is an inconvenient history of MURDERDOLLS and Acey Slade.

I am the prime mover of the lineup of the original MURDERDOLLS.

These were my dudes:

Racci Shay, Acey Slade, Wednesday 13, Eric Griffin, Ben Graves.

I made these moves because they were my friends from my circle. Joey agreed that they were great choices. He made the final call to put them in the band, but I set it all up and he trusted me. In Hollywood terms, I was the casting director.

I know this is a lot to claim, but I can back it all up with press interviews from those days and my podcast will feature guests that will recall these MURDERDOLLS memories. It will be interesting and will also show the creative genius of Joey Jordison, too. It was an awesome time and set up things to come!


I find no fault in Wednesday 13’s position that the trademark was stolen while Joey Jordison was vulnerable. Joey was victimized and this is sort of about Acey’s revenge for not being invited back in 2010. Acey Slade is representing MURDERDOLLS and claims to own the name. He should have respect for the fans and tell the whole story. It’s not that hard. But he fell prey to the temptation of Cancel Culture. He even tried to cancel Wednesday 13 from the MURDERDOLLS bio on the site, but quickly changed it!

I reached out to Acey a few weeks ago because he invited all MURDERDOLLS alumni to be involved, but he is excluding me because he thinks he’s better than me. Unfortunately he is not. He does know the real history of the band.

It should be corrected if he has integrity. He’s been heard referring to me during interviews as ‘the guy that won’t be mentioned’ or ‘that guy’. Cancelling Tripp Eisen from MURDERDOLLS history is like cancelling Ace Frehley from KISS history; and that puts Acey sort of in the role of Tommy Thayer (KISS fans will understand the reference). But Acey’s scheme to obtain the MURDERDOLLS trademark while Joey was suffering with serious health and addiction issues doesn’t demonstrate integrity or honor. It’s sort of a cash-grab while claiming to ‘celebrate’ an anniversary of the band.

Acey did respond to my reaching out to him with: ‘I mean no ill will towards Tripp‘. But cancelling someone from history is in actuality very ‘Ill Will’.”

[via The PRP]

Acey Slade Responds To Controversy Surrounding Current Murderdolls Activity, Wednesday 13 Accuses Him Of Stealing The Band’s Trademark

Ex-Murderdolls guitarist Acey Slade has issued a new statement regarding the controversy surrounding the 20th anniversary celebrations for the band’s album “Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls.” He says the current activity is about “reconnecting the alumni with the Murderdolls fans and extending the legacy of everyone who built it.” However, frontman Wednesday 13 has since responded by accusing Slade of applying for the band’s trademark to take it from him and the late Joey Jordison without their knowledge.

Here’s Acey Slade’s full statement:

“Hey Gang,

Acey here and I would just like to clear the air on some things.

The Murderdolls as a band does not exist. There are no current members, only alumni. There are no plans for a tour, new single, nothing of the sort. That’s the bad news. Now for the good news.

It became apparent before 2020 that none of the Alumni wanted to shoulder the responsibility of maintaining the legacy or the business of the band. All of the business/legal ends of the band were abandoned. Reinstating the assets was time-consuming and expensive as you can imagine.

It also came to my attention that we were approaching the 20th Anniversary of ‘Beyond..’. I reached out to Warner Brothers to see if they had any plans for a re-release and I was informed they did not. But they also indicated that they would be elated if I would like to license the album and all of its assets. This means the re-release of ‘Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls’ is officially licensed! And with that, any images, photos, music videos, artwork that came with the album. We spent months trying to track down the original master tapes. But no one seems to have them. That should also give you an idea of bad a state the business affairs had fallen.

I’d like to invite Jack, Racci, Roman, Jason, Eric and, obviously Wednesday and Dizzy to join in on this celebration. And should they ever need to use the band as a platform for their own endeavors, it would not only be welcome but encouraged, but that will be their choice. Reconnecting the alumni with the Murderdolls fans and us extending the legacy of everyone who built it, is what this is all about.

But most of all, I’d like to invite everyone to come together and Celebrate this landmark album!”

Here’s Wednesday 13’s full statement:

“Hello everyone, I want to take a moment to explain my comments this week on this Murderdolls situation.

My issues have nothing to do with any ex members celebrating the 20th anniversary of that album. I have been celebrating the anniversary as well on my tours this year. However I have been celebrating it as Wednesday 13, not Murderdolls.

The first album released in 2002, all music was written by Joey and I. The only other member to contribute to this record was Tripp with a few guitar solos. All other instruments/vocals are performed by Joey and Wednesday. We assembled the touring lineup after the recording was finished consisting of Eric, Ben and Acey.

The band went on hiatus eight years after this and returned in 2010 with the sophomore Murderdolls album. This album and touring lineup did not feature any of the touring members from the first album. This was decided by Joey, as his decision to only have he and I photographed on that album.

This was Joey’s band, he invited me into this world, and I am able to do what I do today because of him and the Murderdolls name, and that’s what this whole situation is about.

Murderdolls trademark had lapsed. This was unknown to Joey or I as the band was inactive and no one was watching for this. However it seems Acey was watching for it, and applied for the MD trademark to take the name behind our backs. Acey succeeded in gaining the trademark. He applied for this trademark 1 year before I was notified and a year before Joey’s passing. He never notified Joey about this, as he knew he would be furious and not approve.

There’s no other way I can view this other than he stole the name from Joey. He is now launching websites, merchandise, and our first album as Official Murderdolls, erasing my name out of the bio/ history of the band.

It’s sad that I’ve had to make this a public discussion, but that’s where we are. I’m not involved with this situation because I chose not to be involved with it. It doesn’t sit well with me and I cannot get behind it.~Wednesday 13”

Wednesday 13: “Anyone Besides Wednesday Or Joey Claiming To Be The Official Murderdolls Is NOT OFFICIAL”

Murderdolls frontman Wednesday 13 has issued a statement condemning his former bandmates, guitarist Acey Slade and bassist Eric Griffin, for their unauthorized “Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls” 20th anniversary celebrations. For those unaware, the duo recently launched a new website, merch, and more, while also announcing an August 28 signing at the Silver Scream convention in Danvers, MA. Wednesday 13 said the following:

“It’s unfortunate that this has to be said, but here it is: Murderdolls was created in 2002 by [the late] Joey Jordison and Wednesday 13. The name, the look, the lyrics, the music was all created by Joey Jordison and Wednesday 13. Anyone besides Wednesday or Joey claiming to be the Official Murderdolls is NOT OFFICIAL. Any merchandise being advertised using Joey and Wednesday’s original Murderdolls logos, music and lyrics is NOT Approved or Authorized.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Wednesday 13 Pays Tribute To Late Murderdolls Bandmate Joey Jordison During Albuquerque, NM Show

During his March 23 show in Albuquerque, NM, Wednesday 13 paid tribute to his late Murderdolls bandmate Joey Jordison (ex-Slipknot) with a performance of the band’s song “Nowhere.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below. Wednesday 13 told the crowd the following:

“This part of the show I’d like to make some noise for our brother Joey Jordison. He left us far too soon. He was one of the most talented people I ever met. And he’s the reason any of you guys know who I am. So we picked a couple of songs, some of my favorite songs we liked to play with Joey. We’re gonna take it back about 12 years ago to the [Murderdolls’ 2010 album] ‘Women And Children Last’. This is called ‘Nowhere’.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Acey Slade Says He Would “Love To” Make A New Murderdolls Album

During a recent appearance on the BREWtally Speaking Podcast, Acey Slade (Dope, Misfits, etc.) was asked if he would ever want to record a new album with Murderdolls and he responded by saying he would “love to.” However, he also added that if the band were to reunite “it would have to be at a time where everybody’s schedules are just cleared.”

Slade said the following when asked if he would want to make a new Murderdolls record [transcribed by The PRP]:

“Oh I would love to. Absolutely. To me that’s musically, that’s the unanswered question if you will.

I feel like the stories incomplete, but the sad thing about Ben passing away is that it really cleared things up with Wednesday and I. We had kinda cleared things up anyway, but with Eric as well, but now Joey’s kinda off in his own world, so I don’t know.

All I know is that I had the best time of my life with those guys and there’s a saying don’t regret the past, but don’t wish to relive it either.

Like I wouldn’t want to relive it, those times. I’m a different person now, as is Wednesday, as is Joey, but I feel like we could continue. Kinda take off where we left off.

So Wednesday and I have talked about a few different options and things like that—not at length. The main problem is with him right now, his new record is awesome, it’s called “Necrophaze” and it’s not out yet, its coming out soon, but it’s so good, it’s really really good, and I feel like he’s hit a creative stride, and he’s got a great label behind him. He’s got a great band behind him. He’s got a great team behind him and he doesn’t want to distract anything from that.

I’ve got my own things going on right now, and so does Joey. So it would have to be at a time where everybody’s schedules are just cleared and we could just kinda focus on it.”

On another note, Slade also talked about the time the group temporarily got kicked off their tour with Iron Maiden:

“So when I was in the Murderdolls we played Zagreb Croatia, and we went out, our record company took us out ,and I don’t know why, but we ended up at a biker bar. Not a biker bar, but a biker club house.

We get there and everybody got drunk, one of the club leaders girlfriends was following me around and so we ended up leaving.

We get back to the hotel and we were on tour with Iron Maiden. Well, Croatia had only been a country for a couple of years at that time. So we’re staying at the nicest hotel, but the nicest hotel in Croatia doesn’t have air conditioning.

We got back to the hotel, everybody is shitfaced except me, and they decide it’s hot so they’re gonna try and spray down the hallways with the water… they didn’t have fire extinguishers, they had fire hoses out, so they decided to pull the fire hoses out, those didn’t work.

We go back to the room, the bus is down below, but because there’s no air conditioning everybody in the buildings got their windows open.

So me and Wednesday are in one room, Ben and Eric are in the room next to us, and I hear all this yelling out the window and I stick my head out and I go ‘Will you guys just shut up?’.

What it was was Ben was yelling down to the guys in the bus ‘Yea bring up some more booze’ with that someone down below goes ‘Oh will you guys shut the fuck up’.

I stuck my head out and I’m like ‘Dude be quiet’ and Ben goes ‘Why don’t you shut up?’ and he throws a plastic bottle at me.

This plastic bottle hits my window, tumbles down into the window below us. It’s kinda the end of the night.

I wake up the next morning, I go down to the lobby and every body is livid and ‘I’m like what’s going on?’

Well we just got kicked off the Iron Maiden tour.

I’m like ‘why?’ and they’re like ‘well do you remember when Ben was yelling last night and we were throwing shit?’ I’m like ‘you were throwing shit, not we were throwing shit, you were throwing shit.’

So apparently, it was Iron Maiden‘s wardrobe girl that was below us, telling everybody to shut up. She thought the water bottle got thrown at her, she embellished the story and said it was a glass bottle—which it wasn’t—and that turned it us throwing bottles at the merch girl. Which wasn’t exactly what happened.

So Joey tells me the story and then our tour manager walks over and he goes as ‘if that wasn’t enough what you did too’, and Joey’s like ‘Well I didn’t do anything’.

You don’t remember what you did, and he goes no. Our tour manager says ‘Yea you pissed all over Iron Maiden’s bus’ and he’s like ‘I did?’

At that time everybody was paranoid about music bootlegging so Iron Maiden had a bus following them where they would play the record on the bus for all the press, and it was wrapped in all the Iron Maiden stuff.

Well Joey was just drunk and taking a piss, he didn’t realize it was Iron Maiden’s bus. However, Iron Maiden saw him pissing on their bus.

So, because I’m the guy that doesn’t party, I was the guy go and apologize to Iron Maiden, and I had to go into town and I had to buy roses for Iron Maiden’s merch girl, and I had to go to the photocopy place and print out signs that said ‘on behalf of all of the Murderdolls we would like to apologize to the entire Iron Maiden band, and crew’ and tape them all over the backstage area.

Apologize to the merch girl, and then, and only then were we allowed to finish the tour. And I didn’t even do anything.”

Wednesday 13: “There’s Been No Discussion Of Anything As Far As Murderdolls Activity”

Wednesday 13 was once again asked about a Murderdolls reunion during a recent interview on the “Talk Toomey” podcast. Despite the fact that him and Joey Jordison (ex-Slipknot, etc.) have been in contact again, he says “there’s been no discussion of anything as far as Murderdolls activity.”

Wednesday 13 said the following:

“Actually, I heard from Joey last night. He congratulated me on my year of no drinking. He just wrote me last night, and I replied back to him today. But other than just friendly texts and being cool, there’s been no discussion of anything as far as MURDERDOLLS activity or anything. I know he’s doing his thing with [the death metal supergroup] SINSAENUM, and did some touring. And I’ve been up to my neck getting ready for my new record, ‘Necrophaze’.”

He continued:

“For me, it’s just cool to be in touch with [Joey], and we’re friendly with each other. If we don’t ever do anything again as MURDERDOLLS, we should be friends. And that’s more important to me than the music. And if we get back together and wanna do music one day, then we will. That whole band was made out of fun, and when we do it again, it’ll be done out of fun. When that happens, I don’t know. We’ll see.”

He also added:

“That was such a special time for me — both times, both records. I mean, we did a lot of cool stuff. But that very first time we came out, and the things we did, it was when nu-metal was dying, and we were just kind of like… I won’t say ‘breath of fresh air,’ ’cause it definitely wasn’t fresh; it was smelly. But we were something that kind of came in, and it was really amazing in certain places. In the U.K., it made me feel like THE BEATLES for five seconds. It was something I’ll never forget. I’ll never forget having your van almost rocked over by a hundred fans in the middle of Piccadilly Circus in London. That was pretty nuts.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Wednesday 13 Says “There’s No Reason Why” Murderdolls Can’t Reunite For Sporadic Shows Here And There

Wednesday 13 was once again asked about a Murderdolls reunion during an interview with Grizzly Media. This time he responded by saying “there’s no reason why” the group can’t reunite for sporadic shows here and there.

Wednesday 13 said the following:

“Joey [Jordison] and I have reconnected. Earlier this year, we had a couple of days off, and somehow it worked out that we had a day off in his town. And we went by and we caught up and we talked and we mentioned the idea of doing MURDERDOLLS, would we wanna do it again? We both said yeah — it was fun; we had a blast doing it. But we didn’t set a timeframe, and we didn’t really say it would be an album or reuniting…”

He also added:

“My idea was, let’s do a couple of shows here and there, see what happens. And if we have a good time doing those shows and there are still fans there — I know there are — and there’s fans there that [want to see it], then there’s no reason… He’s doing his project, and I’m gonna continue doing WEDNESDAY 13, but there’s no reason why MURDERDOLLS couldn’t be a band that does a show from time… one show a year in one big city, or one in Europe and two in the States. There’s possibilities — its just logistics of my schedule, his schedule and doing it. And what lineup we would do? In my mind, do ’em both — do the original lineup, play that record [2002’s ‘Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls’] in one special show and then play [2010’s] ‘Women And Children Last’ with that lineup and do that show. Because it was two different eras that I’m really proud of, and I think all the members stood out and had their own identity, and I think it would be cool to do it that way. That’s my personal opinion.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Murderdolls Members Reunite To Pay Tribute To Late Drummer Ben Graves At Hollywood, CA Event

Murderdolls members Wednesday 13, Eric Griffin, and Acey Slade reunited for a special show to pay tribute to late drummer Ben Graves. The event took place at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, CA yesterday (August 16) and footage of the group performing “People Hate Me” can be seen below:

Murderdolls Members To Celebrate The Life Of Ben Graves At Hollywood, CA Event

Murderdolls members Wednesday 13, Eric Griffin, and Acey Slade will be reuniting to pay tribute to late drummer Ben Graves at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, CA on August 16. Wednesday 13 commented:

“This Thursday August 16th, at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood. We will be Celebrating the life of Ben The Ghoul Graves. I will be joining Murderdolls members Eric Griffin and Acey Slade on stage for the first time in over a decade to perform some classic MD songs. This will be a night to remember, open to the public. This will SELL OUT!”

Joey Jordison On The Possibility Of A Murderdolls Reunion: “Never Say Never”

Considering him and Wednesday 13 hung out recently, Joey Jordison (ex-Slipknot, etc.) was asked about the possibility of a Murderdolls reunion during an appearance on the Talk Toomey podcast. He responded with the following:

“It’s cool that I’ve been talking to Wednesday recently, but I can’t disclose anything [about a possible reunion]. Never say never, man — I mean, that’s life. It’s kind of funny, ’cause we have a bunch of songs that have been written and a bunch that are ready to go. Timing is everything, man — not necessarily anything about, ‘Oh, we need to do this to impress people,’ or, ‘We need to put out this record or do something like that.’ Timing in life is everything, so we’ll see. Only time will tell.”


[via Blabbermouth]