“UP YOURS KERRY KING!” CONTROVERSY ROCKS POISON CAMP.
Swedish drummer Adrian Erlandsson (AT THE GATES, PARADISE LOST, CRADLE OF FILTH, BRUJERIA) has posted a photo on his
Lockerz account of a bent bass drum beater along with the caption, “Up yours, Mr. King, soft hitters don’t bend bass drum beaters!” The message
appears to be a response to a 2002 interview SLAYER guitarist Kerry King gave to Sweden’s Close-Up Magazine in which Kerry spoke about
SLAYER‘s then-uncertain drummer situation. When asked if SLAYER had considered any Scandinavian musicians for the position, King said, “I
haven’t seen a lot, but the only thing I’ve seen is a lot of soft hitters. Like the guy in CRADLE OF FILTH [referring to Adrian Erlandsson. —
Ed.], who used to play in THE HAUNTED. He hits like a [homophobic slur that rhymes with bag]! He hits everything, but he hits like a f*g. This is
SLAYER; people expect more.”
Erlandsson joined the world-renowned British gothic metal band PARADISE LOST in 2009.
Drum-cam footage of Adrian Erlandsson performing during AT THE GATES‘ July 22 appearance at this year’s edition of the Tuska open-air metal festival at Suvilahti in Helsinki, Finland can be seen below (courtesy of Pearl Drums Finland).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, POISON is being sued by Billy McCarthy and James Stonich, who were members of a Chicago band known as KID ROCKER, for allegedly stealing four of KID ROCKER‘s songs. The plaintiffs claim that guitarist C.C. DeVille auditioned for KID ROCKER in 1984 prior to joining POISON and was allegedly shown completed and formatted songs and was lent master-recorded studio tapes.
KID ROCKER disbanded that year, but McCarthy purportedly presented songs — including “Hit And Run” and “Wham Bam Slammin’ Romance” — for DeVille‘s use as a member of another group, SCREAMIN’ MIMIS. DeVille later joined POISON and proceeded along with his bandmates, to incorporate KID ROCKER‘s songs in POISON‘s own work, including the tracks “Talk Dirty To Me”, “I Won’t Forget You”, “Fallen Angel” and “Ride The Wind”.
POISON‘s debut album, “Look What The Cat Dragged In” — which contains the above-mentioned songs — sold approximately 4 million copies.
In the lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday in Illinois federal court, the plaintiffs are demanding disgorgement of all profits from the songs in question, statutory damages for willful infringement, and an injunction that prevents POISON and singer Bret Michaels from performing this allegedly stolen material.
Acclaimed ’80s Swedish glam-rock band EASY ACTION, which featured in its ranks future EUROPE guitarist Kee Marcello, reportedly took POISON to court for allegedly “stealing” the chorus to the EASY ACTION song “We Go Rocking” for the POISON U.S. smash-hit “I Want Action” and was said to have been awarded a financial settlement in the case.
Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.