It’s difficult to believe that 21 years have passed since the release of Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls, (to quote Wednesday 13, that’s probably because I’m gettin’ old!) So to celebrate & commemorate founding member Joey Jordison, Wednesday & his band are touring a full Murderdolls set! As the man himself pointed out from the stage, many of the people in attendance weren’t even born when the 1st album came out, so this was definitely a night not to be missed for the fans!
The intro “World according to Revenge” slithers out of the PA before the band roars into ‘Chapel of Blood’ . It’s a no-hatted Wednesday this tour, he looks a lot more ‘Alice Cooper’s evil step-son’ this time out.
Before 197666, Wednesday regales the audience with the story of his situation when he got the Murderdolls call 21 years ago… working for K-Mart, and listening to CDs in his car using one of those cheap cassette interfaces in his Car Stereo .
Mr. 13 is surely one of the more engaging front-men I’ve seen in a long time… from stories of hell-tours with Iron Maiden to Mick Mars bleeding all over their recording session… “Slap those hands like they owe you money” and the even best front-man eventually rips off Dee Snider once in a while “You got hands… use ’em!”.
Additionally, the band is certainly not made up of “Nameless Ghouls”, guitarists Roman Surman & Jack Tankersley, have plenty of charisma to back up the main man. They also have a classic contrast thing going Tankersley has the dirty Les Paul thing going on, while Roman brings the guitar acrobatics. And the drummer even managed to keep people entertained during the Drum Solo.
… From the surprisingly compelling Drum Solo, through to the finish, it’s ALL hits:
People Hate Me, Welcome to the Strange, Dawn of the Dead, Nowhere & finally Summertime Suicide. I had forgotten just how much the Murderdolls owed to ‘80 Glam Metal’ (something The artist formerly known as Joseph Michael Poole fully Acknowledges), but these songs brought it right home!
This Of course leaves plenty of room for Wednesday to bring out his Encore Hat & his Encore Jacket…
Things come to a climax with the cover of White Wedding, It’ll certainly be interesting to see what W13 brings to these shores next time he tours to raise the bar from this…