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Annihilator's Jeff Waters To Release Three Solo Albums- First 1 Slated For Summer- Interview @ NAMM Show 2024

Updated: Mar 1

For The Metal Voice former Anthrax singer Neil Turbin spoke Annihilator main man Jeff Waters at The NAMM Show 2024

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When asked about releasing new music

"New music, yes, but not with Annihilator. I've been doing this Annihilator thing for 35 years now since I put my little first album out called 'Alice In Hell', and I'm just gonna do a show (Annihilator) for a festival in Europe this year. But I've been working on what all us guys seem to wanna do when they wanna step away from a band they're in, is a solo project. So I got a solo thing I'm doing. I finished three records in the last three years. And that's coming out. I live in England. I've had a studio with my wife there for about six years. And just before [the coronavirus pandemic] hit, we brought in SSL exchange consoles and upgraded things and made it into one badass mixing studio. And then the thing hit. So I was kind of stuck with this beautiful studio and instruments and all this fun stuff. And I thought, Screw it. Now's the time to just get creative and do something outside of the heavy metal thing. So it's more hard rock stuff. It's everything from disco to THE KNACK to KISS to, like, early stuff, hard rock, heavy metal, '70s, '80s, a bit of VAN HALEN, of course. So it's not groundbreaking, amazing new stuff that's gonna come out for me. It's more like a tribute in a way, in my own way."

When asked who will be singing

"I got real singers. Stu Block, who was in Iced Earth and Into Eternity and all that, a fellow Canadian and a great singer, I tapped him."

When asked when the albums will be released

"I think the first album starts coming out, I think, summer. I don't know a lot of information because I decided to do something a little different. I tried to go with the first album to a few record companies, and it was, like, Oh, boy, this isn't the old days. So instead of just trying to just let it go and let it get out there and know that nothing was really gonna happen, I tried a different idea, and I went to video game companies. And I thought, Hey, what if I did an album, or three, and gave you the album covers, gave you the booklets, gave you the trademark, the name of the band, the logo, and now you can have all three of them. It's gone. I don't get royalties, I don't get anything if it does well, but I want one paycheck.' And the second company I went to — without being a dick, we got more money from the video game company than I did in five or six Annihilator records. So somebody paid me to do a solo album more than my real band. They just paid the bills and it helped pay for that console I was telling you about."


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