A few days ago, Wednesday 13 took to his social media and said that anyone – who was not himself or the late Joey Jordison – calling themselves the Murderdolls was not the “official” band. Around the time of that post from Wednesday, news was coming out about a special Murderdolls show taking place at a horror convention.
In a new social media post of his, Wednesday 13 has provided a lengthier statement that adds context to his initial post. Specifically, Wednesday speaks to ex-band member Acey Slade having applied for the Murderdolls trademark and having “stolen” the band name from Joey Jordison. Per Wednesday’s own words: “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.”
Below you can find the entire statement as provided by Wednesday 13. The Murderdolls was a special project formed by the late Joey Jordison and Wednesday 13; over the course of their career they had released two studio albums: Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls (2002) and Women and Children Last (2010).
Wednesday 13 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”