I recall reading on blabbermouth some months back that you are planning on writing a song about Mike Scaccia with Warbeast, how is this developing and have you written any lyrics for it yet?
What happened with that was when we recorded Destroy we recorded about 11 songs at the time. When we got finished we decided to edit it down to 9. We held two back, and one of them was the song I wrote a song about my brother called Nameless. Of course that was the bonus track in Europe. The other song was called Monster, and I already recorded vocals for it but Philip Anselmo came up with the great idea to do a song about Mike. Take your lyrics from Monster and throw them away, and write them about Mike. Phil wants to help me with that. So that’s what we are going to do. I haven’t really started. I have been thinking about it, and tried it a couple of times. Just work on the lyrics. It was just too close to when the tragedy happened. I would just break up. It was just too hard for me. I just needed to give it more time. I can write these lyrics without it being a sad thing. I don’t want it to be a sad thing. I don’t know how to explain it, I want to talk about Mike and pay tribute to him in a better way than me writing while I am still grieving. I’ll always grieve, but I’ll be stronger, so I will be able to put these lyrics down. What we will do is release those two songs as a special two song thing with a picture of Mike and then on the other side a picture of my brother. No time frame, but I am sure that is going to happen sometime this year. I feel so lucky to be able to show my respects for two people who meant so much to my life like that.
For when the Scaccianators show does happen do you expect any of the Rigor Mortis songs to be performed any differently than they were on the albums that they originally appeared on?
Well for one thing Mike Scaccia is not there, he pretty much created the Rigor Mortis sound. Casey and Harden they were all a part of that. They came before me. With Mike’s unique picking style and his speed is just what the sound of Rigor Mortis is about. He was going to be the guy that helped us hold it all together. It’s always going to be different, but we have some great guitarists that are going to come in and try to play these songs with us. They are going to do their best, but no one can play exactly like Mike.
There is one guy around here that me and (Mike) Scaccia have known over thirty years named Mike Taylor that was in a band called Rabid Flesh Eaters and he used to hang around us back when me and Mike were in our first band called Spectrum. He actually started playing guitar because of Mike Scaccia. He actually learned to play the unique picking style that Mike Scaccia played. If anyone can do it even close to what Mike Scaccia could do it is Mike Taylor. He would be the guy that helped us all hold it together. He was going to play on every song and then we were going to bring up the other guys.
The other guitarist as special guest, of course is Scott Shelby. Bobby (Tillotson) from Warbeast was going to do a song with us. Doyle(Bright) is going to come up. We’ve had different people, and even Sammi and Ben of Goatwhore wanted to get up and do a song with us. To answer your question, of course it’s going to be different because of (Mike) Scaccia not being there. We are going to do it as close as we can. It will never be the same. We are still going to do our tribute, the Rigor Mortis set for Mike which is why we announced right off the bat we won’t continue, and never play shows under the name Rigor Mortis or try to do another album because for one, we wouldn’t do it anyway without Mike. Two you can’t replace Mike Scaccia.