INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICS BY MARKO SYRJALA
Slaughter is hard rock / glam metal band that was formed late 1988 in Las Vegas, Nevada by former Vinnie Vincent Invasion members – vocalist Mark Slaughter and bassist Dana Strum. The original lineup was completed by guitarist Tim Kelly and drummer Blas Elias. The band reached stardom in 1990 with their first album STICK IT TO YA which went to double platinum in the United States. The album included hit singles “Up All Night”, “Spend My Life” and “Fly to the Angels” which all received heavy radio and MTV rotation. The sophomore album WILD LIFE followed in 1992 and it was another successful release by the band. They released two more albums FEAR NO EVIL (1995) and REVOLUTION (1997) but the changes in the music business and trends in mid 90’s caused Slaughter to slowly lose popularity. The big tragedy struck in 1998 when guitarist Kelly was killed in an auto accident in the Arizona desert. Jeff Blando joined the band in 1999 and the album BACK TO REALITY was released later on that same year. Although Slaughter has not in the headlines lately, they have remained a steady act. The band still tours, mostly in the USA, and in June 2012 they finally came over to Europe. The band performed at the Sweden Rock festival, and yes, this was Slaughter’s first ever show on this continent. In Sweden, I sat down with bassist Dana Strum and we discussed the bands future, the old days, working with Vince Neil, placing people in bands, and of course about his colorful past with Vinnie Vincent. Mark Slaughter and Jeff Blando were also present and they both gave some comments on various things. Read on!!!