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Slaughter UK Announce Live Launch Show at Sound Control Manchester in April

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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.

Tickets priced £14 are available from mauricemurray@sky.com or e-tickets direct from Sound Control.

Louise Swift
I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot!
My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!'
The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;)
Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!
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