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Spending Some Time With Slaughter
by Debbie Seagle

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RNW:  Aside from this tour, what’s up next for Slaughter?  I know you guys are from Vegas, right?  What’s that music scene like?

Blas:  I don’t think there’s much of an original music scene in Vegas.  For us, we are self contained.  We recorded our own music and we’re self produced, so we didn’t have to be in a city necessarily, where there were a lot of producers and studios cause we did it ourselves but, its not like there’s this great original music scene there.  Mark is in Nashville now, so its probably more of a music scene than Vegas.

RNW:  Oh yeah.  Everybody in Nashville is into music.

Mark:  Right, yeah.  Really, the butcher and the guy who bags your groceries, basically.

RNW:  They all write songs.

Mark:  More so than anything, we’re from Vegas and I think "Up All Night" was about that.  Its really a bond we’ll always share.

Blas: We have a new record coming out soon - as soon as we get a break.  Its funny, everybody kind of, for a while was writing this kind of music off, but we haven’t had any time off at all because of touring schedules and recording schedules.  We haven’t had barely any time for ourselves, so I guess that’s a good sign, you know?  But as soon as we get a chance, we’ll be putting another record out.

I have a movie that I was just involved with, it was also about the eighties era music that will be put out next year. 

RNW:  Which one is that?

Blas:  Its called "Metal God," that’s the working title.  They tell me to say that now.  I just talked to the director and they still don’t know exactly what its going to be.  Some of the people want it to be called "So You Want To Be A Rock Star," but the director wants "Metal God."

RNW:  Is this the Jennifer Aniston movie?

Blas:  Jennifer Aniston, Mark Wahlberg, somewhat loosely based on the story of Ripper Owens (Judas Priest), but not really.

RNW:  I bet that was fun though!

Blas:  Yeah, I had a whole lot of fun making it and I was real proud to be involved in something that was - it was a movie that took that music seriously and they spent a lot of money and the director and everyone else put a lot of sincere effort into it.  It wasn’t just a joke, you know?  And I thought that was pretty cool.

RNW:  Well I’ll look forward to seeing you in it.  You guys have "" and that’s a good way to keep track with your fans, keep them close to you.  Do any of you actually work on the web site?

Mark:  Blas does.

Blas:  Yeah, I do the web site.

RNW:  There’s always one in the band who’s the computer freak, right?

Mark:  Right!

Blas:  Its hard from the road right now to keep things updated, trying to find phone lines, you know?  But we’ve started a mailing list and we’ll have our first newsletter coming out real soon.

RNW:  Phone lines?  You don’t have a cell modem?  I mean, you are on the bus with the cell modem, right?

Blas:  I’ve used a cell modem, and its okay to download mail, but if you are uploading web pages and graphics, and the best you can connect at is 9600, its not stable enough to do something like that really.

Mark:  When we’re traveling, we have so many drop offs on the phones.  We don’t hardly talk long on the road because between the towers you just lose the signal. 

RNW:  So what are we in for tonight?  What kind of a show are we going to see tonight?

Mark: Very organic, straight ahead rock and roll.  That’s the best way to . . . 

Blas:  Probably as stripped down as you can get, but all the energy.

Mark:  All the energy and more.

Blas:  Lots of songs from our early records, they’re the ones you recognize, and hopefully a couple from our new record, our latest record.  We kind of change it up every night though, you never know.

RNW:  I’m looking forward to it and on behalf of all the fans at Rock N World, its about time you guys got here, we’ve been waiting for you!

Mark:  Well thank you, thanks.

RNW:  Alright, lets hear some rock and roll!


  - Mark Slaughter          Guitar/Vocals
   - Blas Elias                    Drums
   - Dana Strum                Bass
   - Jeff Blando                 Guitar


Stick It To Ya                                       1990
Stick It Live                                          1990
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey            1991
The Wild Life                                       1992
Fear No Evil                                         1995
Mass Slaughter (Greatest Hits)      1995
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Revolution                                           1997
Eternal Live                                         1998
Back To Reality                                  1999

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