Mark Slaughter is open to and would like to do another Slaughter album
Slaughter frontman Mark Slaughter was recently interviewed by Rock Music Star with his second solo album Halfway There about to be released next month via the EMP Label Group.
The singer was asked whether there are any plans in the future to put another Slaughter album to which he replied: “Well, I’m open to it. I would like that. It’s really getting everybody else to slow down, and to step into my world, because I’m doing it. It’s more about them stepping into my world than me stepping into theirs. They’re doing Vince Neil shows, and I really think it has to be everybody saying, “You know what? Let’s do a record.” I’m ready to do it whenever they are, but in the meantime, I’ll just keep making music. I’m not going to stop to wait for others. That’s kind of like waiting to walk across the street. Don’t walk! Walk! Don’t walk! Walk! If I’m sitting there waiting for them, no one’s going to walk across the street. When they’re ready to join me on the other side, I’ll be there.”
In terms of what was it like working with Vinnie Vincent, Mark Slaughter stated: “It was difficult. What did I learn? I learned that it was about songs. I learned that we could have done, “Lick It Up,” and had as good as, if a not better reaction, as doing Vinnie Vincent stuff. I think it really comes down to, if I learned anything out of that, it was the power of a song. Vinnie is a good writer; he’s a great writer, a great talent. But, to him, it was more about trying to showcase his guitar-playing, and what he thought he was, instead of what people wanted to hear. That also was the same with KISS. KISS was out there to do it, and they turned into a long guitar solo. Dude, you gotta dial it back. This isn’t all about your guitar soloing. With him, that was kind of where his head was.”
On whether the record company insisted on a more song oriented album with Vinnie Vincent Invasion‘s follow-up album All Systems Go compared to the more guitar oriented self-titled debut album, Mark Slaughter indicated: “I think it’s a combination of it all. We left a footprint in that record, and it carries right over into Slaughter, to where, look- he hasn’t made a record since. I think that also says something. I think he’s a great idea person. I think he’s a great artist. I think some of the best playing that guy did was in a dressing room, and nobody ever heard it. Hands down. Some of that stuff, I’ll never forget. We were backstage, I think in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and he had his amp set up in one of the dressing rooms. Next thing I know, everybody from Iron Maiden is sticking their head in and listening to Vinnie play. One of the guys said, “Hey, why don’t you play like that?” And he said, “It’s boring.” Again, it’s like Clapton or Jeff Beck, who is a major guitar hero to me- it’s about the song and what the song requires, not what you can stuff in it. If anything I learned out of all of that and what we carried into
Slaughter, is that it wasn’t about somebody getting their ego out of playing a solo because they think that’s their moment. This is where it’s all going to make a difference, and everybody’s going to realize that you’re a phenomenal guitar player right now! Well, guess what? Nobody cares. It really boils down to that, it’s about the song. Look at the Rolling Stones– do you really think any of those guys were out there being some great virtuoso? No. But, they wrote great songs. That is ultimately what this is. Even Eddie Van Halen, who is an incredible guitar player- it really boils down to this- which songs do you like? Not, which riff is your favorite Eddie Van Halen riff? No, not many people really care.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Mark Slaughter at Rock Music Star.
Vinnie Vincent Invasion’s “Love Kills” video:
Vinnie Vincent Invasion – Love Kills
Mark Slaughter‘s “Hey You” song:
Legendary Hard Rock vocalist Mark Slaughter of SLAUGHTER, releases “HEY YOU”, the first single from his upcoming LP HALFWAY THERE, in stores May 26th on EMP LABEL GROUP, exclusively via GUITAR WORLD!! Pre-order the album now on CD, LP, Picture Disc, and in bundle configurations at empmerch.com!