Kill Devil Hill 2014: Rex Brown, Mark Zavon, Dewey Bragg, Johnny Kelly
Interview: Johnny Kelly Part 2 – Remembering Peter Steele and Type O Negative
I think the entire metal community was surprised when bassist Rex Brown was fired/quit (whatever side you choose to believe) the Phillip Anselmo-led Down in 2011. After all, between Pantera and Down, Rex and Phil had played in bands together for parts of three decades. The departure wasn’t without its drama, as posted here, but what might have been even more surprising was Rex uniting with legendary skins-man Vinny Appice (former Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell and Dio) to form a metal “supergroup” called Kill Devil Hill that same year. Rex describes the band’s music as “like a cross between Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains and a little bit of Led Zeppelin thrown in.” Together with ex-Pissing Razors frontman Dewey Bragg and acclaimed session/touring guitarist Mark Zavon, Kill Devil Hill released its debut, self-titled album in 2012, and then Revolution Rise on Oct. 29, 2013. Not long after, it was announced that Appice had departed the new band he co-founded (on good terms it seems). But with a new record just out, Kill Devil Hill was left unable to tour and support it until they found a new drummer in March 2014, none other than former Type O Negative/A Pale Horse Named Death drummer Johnny Kelly. With Kelly in the fold, Kill Devil Hill is set with a new lineup and shows booked up.
Kelly and Brown also go way back, with Type O Negative having toured with Pantera in 1995. At that time, it would have been hard to imagine the two playing in a band together almost 20 years later. Funny how things work out.
Live Metal’s Jeff Maki recently had a lengthy chat with Kelly, so long that it had to be broken up in two parts. In part one, Kelly talks about his joining Kill Devil Hill, along with a number of other bands he’s still playing in. Did we mention he’s also the touring drummer for Danzig and has two of his own bands? Read on. (more…)