SLAUGHTER (1988–PRESENT). Mark Slaughter (vocals), Dana Strum (bass), Tim Kelly (guitar, 1988–98), Blas Elias (drums), Jeff Blando (guitar, 1999– present).
Slaughter got their start in 1988 with a lineup of former Vinnie Vincent Invasion vocalist Mark Slaughter, bassist/talent scout Dana Strum (Strum was responsible for introducing Ozzy Osbourne to both Randy Rhoads and Jake E. Lee), guitarist
Tim Kelly, and drummer Blas Elias. Hitting the pop metal wave with their 1990 debut Stick It to Ya, the album was a hit thanks to the Kiss-like anthemic rocker “Up All Night (Sleep All Day)” and the power ballad “Fly to the Angels.” The album would go on to sell more than two million copies.
1992’s The Wild Life was a similar, if somewhat more modest, success, after which the turn to alternative music had pretty much put an end to the pop metal phenomenon. Subsequently, the band signed with the smaller CMC International label, and put out a handful of other releases through the rest of the nineties.
In February 1998, guitarist Tim Kelly was tragically killed in an automobile accident. His final work would appear on 1999’s Eternal Live. Guitarist Jeff Blando joined the band that year for the studio album Back to Reality. The band has been fairly quiet since then, although they have recently begun to tour occasionally, most notably on the Rock Never Stops tour, which features other hard rock bands from the eighties.
Discography: Stick It Live (Chrysalis, 1990); Stick It to Ya (Chrysalis, 1990); The Wild Life (Chrysalis, 1992); Fear No Evil (CMC International, 1995); Revolution (CMC International, 1997); Eternal Live (CMC International, 1998); Back to Reality (CMC International, 1999); Surrender or Die (Utopian Vision, 2000); Mass Slaughter: The Best of Slaughter (Capitol, 1995); The Best of Slaughter (Capitol, 2006).