Slaughter UK plus Special Guests V2.2 Sound Control, Manchester 14th April 2017
Following on from the Sold Out 40TH Anniversary Reunion gig of the original line up of Slaughter and the Dogs (SATD) in 2015 original drummer Brian Grantham and bassist Howard Bates have enlisted former singer Ed Garrity, who replaced Wayne Barret in 1979 when the band changed their name to Slaughter, and re visit the 1981 album Bite Back which was released on DJM records. The result has created a reborn Slaughter UK.
The SATD reunion was originally a one off gig which culminated in a second gig in front of a full house at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool at Rebellion in 2016. Since 1996 Slaughter and the Dogs has always been Wayne Barrett and Mick Rossi with different musicians joining them as the Rhythm section, over the years, so playing the reunion gig was always going to be the special one. Always promoted and intended as a one of reunion Wayne and Mick continue to tour and promote their new album Vicious. However many fans said that they would like to see Howard and Brian continue in some form, so the decision to re-visit the often forgotten songs on the Album Bite Back was made once they had recruited Eddie back on vocals. The album was co written at the time by Eddie and Mick Rossi with Howard also turning out a couple of songs and the band name was shortened to Slaughter.
The identity of the band is now Slaughter UK to give a clear distinction and avoid confusion and also as respect to Wayne and Mick of Slaughter and the Dogs who continue to record and tour. After several months in the studio rehearsing some of the old tracks and also writing new material for release later in the year, the launch of Slaughter UK takes place on Friday the 14th April at Sound Control in Manchester. Joining them as special guests will be former Manchester Glam Punk band V2.2, who are also relaunching themselves after many years in hiatus. V2 were stable mates of SATD back in the day with both bands releasing 12in singles on the Manchester label TJM Records. V2 also were special guests of SATD back in 1978 at The Forum in Wythenshawe so a fantastic combination of nostalgia is guaranteed.