Ministry Cancel Fall European/UK Tour With The 69 Eyes & Wednesday 13

Ministry have cancelled their European/UK tour with The 69 Eyes and Wednesday 13. The trek was previously scheduled to take place this fall.

The news was confirmed by Wednesday 13:

“Hello everyone! We were told yesterday that the @weareministry European tour has been canceled and that’s all the info we have at the moment. This is truly beyond our control and we are devastated with this news. We hope to get a new headline tour booked soon so we can get back to our fans in Europe and the UK.”

The Damnation Festival in Manchester, UK also issued the following statement:

“We’ve just been told, literally minutes ago by e-mail, that Ministry have cancelled their entire European tour due to a festival they were due to play on that run being cancelled without any warning.

This is obviously a huge blow to Damnation, albeit not one that will have any impact on it taking place in Manchester in November.

We haven’t really had a chance to digest the news, or even start to consider a replacement as yet, but we didn’t want our fans to find out via third parties, or worse, have Ministry fans buying tickets tonight when we know they won’t be playing.

This is the statement we’ve been sent from the band:

‘Due to previously unforeseen circumstances, including the recent cancelation of a festival, we are forced to cancel our fall Europe tour. Hope to see you all next summer.'”

Wednesday 13 Premieres “Insides Out” Music Video

Wednesday 13 has premiered a new video for his new song “Insides Out.” This track is from the frontman’s new album “Horrifier,” which will be released on October 7. Wednesday 13 commented:

“Our latest single ‘Insides Out’ is a very heavy song, so it only made sense to make a video to match the sound! Torture and violence is the main theme of this song, and we continue along the lines of the last music video with another horror movie theme here too.”

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 To Release New Album “Horrifier” In October, Premieres “You’re So Hideous” Music Video

Wednesday 13 will be releasing a new album, titled “Horrifier,” on October 7. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

“Horrifier” Track Listing:

01. “Severed”
02. “Insides Out”
03. “Exhume And Devour”
04. “You’re So Hideous”
05. “Good Day To Be A Bad Guy”
06. “Return To Haddonfield”
07. “Horrifier”
08. “Hell Is Coming”
09. “Halfway To The Grave”
10. “Christine: Fury In The Night”
11. “The Other Side”

Wednesday 13 commented:

“The last three releases have seen the band explore new ground with heavier songs, drums, and vocals. Coming out of the Covid crisis, I promised I would not release a sad, depressing record. I wanted to make a fun, horror themed rock record that would be reminiscent of the first few Wednesday 13 records. The new album is a fun, fast-paced, thriller!”

A video for the effort’s first single, “You’re So Hideous,” can be found below. He added the following about that:

“‘You’re So Hideous‘ is such a catchy track and it’s one of the very first ones I wrote for the album. Lyrically, it’s a modern day Medusa story… Beware the stare into her eyes. The music video was of course inspired by ‘The Exorcist‘ film and was a lot of fun recreating that.”

Wednesday 13 Recruits Former W.A.S.P. Drummer Mike Dupke

Wednesday 13 has recruited former W.A.S.P. drummer Mike Dupke for his upcoming live shows. Dupke commented:

“Guess what day it is!! GUESS! WHAT! DAY! IT! IS! That’s right, it’s WEDNESDAY the 13th!! Which is the perfect day to announce that I will be hitting the road this fall with none other than the Duke of Spook himself, WEDNESDAY 13 on his 20 Years of Fear tour!!! The U.S. run will go from Sept 4th thru Oct 23rd. Then it will be over to Europe in November to support the mighty MINISTRY on their tour! Can’t wait to throw down with Wednesday and the boys! GET YOUR GRAVE ON!!!!”

Wednesday 13 Announces Second Leg Of “20 Years Of Fear” Tour

Wednesday 13 has added another leg of dates to his “20 Years Of Fear” tour. The frontman commented:

“We are excited to return to the road again this fall for the second leg of the ‘20 Years Of Fear Tour‘. The last run was so much fun, revisiting songs from throughout the last 20 years. This tour, we will be celebrating the last 20 years, plus giving you a sneak peek of a few new songs from the upcoming album. See ya on the road!”

Tour Dates:

09/05 Los Angeles, CA – Rainbow Labor Day Party
09/07 El Paso, TX – Rock House
09/08 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Sports Cafe
09/09 Oklahoma City, OK – Whiskey Nights
09/10 Ft. Smith, AR – Temple Live/Sphinx Club
09/11 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
09/13 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater
09/14 Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live
09/16 Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend
09/17 Knoxville, TN – The Concourse
09/18 Greenville, SC – Radio Room
09/20 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
09/21 Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27
09/22 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
09/23 Teaneck, NJ – Debonair Music Hall
09/24 Mechanicsburg, PA – Lovedrafts
09/25 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Lite
09/26 Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy
09/29 Atlantic City, NJ – Bourne
09/30 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Meadows
10/01 Albany, NY – Empire Underground
10/03 Boston, MA – Sonia
10/04 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
10/05 Quebec City, QC – L’anti Bar & Spectacles
10/06 Ottawa, ON – Brass Monkey
10/07 Toronto, ON – Rockpile
10/09 Westland, MI – Token Lounge
10/11 Cleveland, OH – Masonic Asylum Room
10/12 Chicago, IL – WC Social Club
10/14 Des Moines, IA – Lefty’s
10/15 Lincoln, NE – Royal Grove
10/16 Wichita, KS – Temple Live Annex
10/17 Fort Worth, TX – Rail Club
10/18 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
10/20 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
10/21 Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d
10/22 Anaheim, CA – The Parish @ House Of Blues

Wednesday 13 To Replace 3TEETH On Ministry & The 69 Eyes’ Upcoming European/UK Tour

3TEETH have dropped off their upcoming European/UK tour with Ministry and The 69 Eyes. Wednesday 13 will now be taking their place.

Tour Dates:

10/28 Dortmund, GER – FZW
10/29 Limburg, BEL – Sinners Day Festival (Ministry only)
10/30 Tilburg, NET – O13
10/31 Frankfurt, GER – Batschkapp
11/02 London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (no Wednesday 13)
11/03 Glasgow, UK – SWG3 TV Studio (no Wednesday 13)
11/04 Dublin, IRE – National Stadium
11/05 Manchester, UK – Damnation Festival (Ministry only)
11/07 Paris, FRA – Elysee Montmartre
11/08 Rennes, FRA – Antipode
11/09 Bilbao, SPA – Santana 27
11/11 Madrid, SPA – But
11/12 Murcia, SPA – Gamma
11/13 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
11/14 Lyon, FRA – Transbordeur
11/16 Zurich, SWI – Komplex
11/17 Munchen, GER – Muffathalle
11/18 Milan, ITA – Fabrique
11/19 Ljubljana, SLO – Kino Siska
11/21 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
11/22 Prague, CZE – Forum Karlin
11/23 Warsaw, POL – Progresja
11/24 Berlin, GER – Huxleys
11/26 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
11/27 Roskilde, DEN – Gimle
11/28 Oslo, NOR – Rockefeller
11/29 Stockholm, SWE – Fallan
12/01 Helsinki, FIN – Black Box

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]

Skindred, Alestorm, Red Fang, Etc. Added To 2022 UK Download Festival

More bands have been added to this year’s Download Festival. The event will take place in Donington Park, UK on June 10-12 and the updated daily lineups for each stage can be found below.

June 10:

Main Stage: KISS, A Day To Remember, Skindred, Black Veil Brides, Bury Tomorrow, Theory Of A Deadman, and Wayward Sons.

Second Stage: The Distillers, Airbourne, Lacuna Coil, Myles Kennedy, Skynd, and Ayron Jones.

Avalanche Stage: The Ghost Inside, Sleep Token, Normandie, Meet Me At The Altar, Kid Brunswick, As Everything Unfolds, and Press Club.

The Dogtooth Stage: Electric Wizard, Blues Pills, Red Fang, British Lion, Bokassa, Tempt, A.A. Williams, Dead Poet Society, Cellar Door Moon Crow, The Scratch, and Heriot.

June 11:

Main Stage: Iron Maiden, Deftones, Shinedown, The Pretty Reckless, Black Label Society, Monster Truck, Those Damn Crows, and The Raven Age.

Second Stage: Megadeth, Mastodon, Daughtry, Bush, Code Orange, Ice Nine Kills, Malevolence, Cassyette, and Dirty Honey.

Avalanche Stage: Funeral For A Friend, Creeper, The Faim, Grandson, Holding Absence, Loathe, Dragged Under, Salem, and Blackout Problems.

The Dogtooth Stage: Sepultura, Dying Fetus, Bleed From Within, Venom Prison, Will Haven, Higher Power, Dana Dentata, Banks Arcade, Dead Label, Death Blooms, and Temples On Mars.

June 12:

Main Stage: Biffy Clyro, Korn, Volbeat, Rise Against, Alestorm, Powerwolf, and Wargasm.

Second Stage: Steel Panther, The Darkness, Skillet, Baroness, Tremonti, Wednesday 13, Massive Wagons, The Last Internationale, and Control The Storm.

Avalanche Stage: Descendents, Boston Manor, Trash Boat, Spiritbox, Marianas Trench, Jamie Lenman, The Hara, Cemetery Sun, Dead Posey, and Static Dress.

The Dogtooth Stage: Myles Kennedy (acoustic set), Yonaka, Twin Temple, Fire From The Gods, Orbit Culture, Kill The Lights, Modern Error, Thick, Phoxjaw, Bimini, Anchor Lake, The Velveteers, and The Injester.