During a recent appearance on the “Loaded Radio” podcast, ex-Type O Negative drummer Johnny Kelly was asked about the possibility of a tribute show for the band’s late frontman Peter Steele. He responded by saying that there might be some sort of tribute “somewhere down the road.”
Kelly said the following:
“Coffee talk. There was never any serious consideration, like, should we do something? Is there even a point of doing it? Or also, is it just a blatant cash grab? So all these things go through your head.
People celebrate [Peter] all the time. They do it daily. I see it online all the time and the impact that he had.
Maybe somewhere down the road there may be something that’s… I don’t know. But I know that for me, it would have to include Kenny [Hickey, guitar] and Josh [Silver, keyboards] as well. Anything that we do, it would have to be the three of us. And there’s no way you’re getting Josh to do anything like that. [Laughs]”
He continued when asked who would sing:
“I don’t know. I’d want a girl to do it. I’d want a female vocalist — like Ann Wilson [HEART] or something like that. [Laughs] But even so, that’s the first thing. When you think about doing some kind of tribute show, you’re just gonna get all these people… Yes, Peter was very highly regarded by our peers and stuff like that, and you’ll just get a bunch of dudes up there just trying to sound like Peter. And you can’t do that. And it’s, like, all right, so what’s the most remote thing from Peter? You’d have to do something completely abstract. And I would say get a female vocalist. I think Peter would get a kick out of… He would get off on seeing a girl sing his songs, seeing a female sing them. And it would really stress the point of doing something as a tribute instead of trying to recreate something.”