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Tim Patrick Kelly
Tim Kelly
February 5, 1998
Age 34
 
Tractor-trailer struck his car

 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 6, 1998
 
    SLAUGHTER GUITARIST TIM KELLY KILLED IN COLLISION
 

                      Slaughter guitarist dies in car crash

                        BAGDAD, Ariz. (AP) -- The guitarist for the rock
                      band Slaughter was killed when his car was struck
                      by a tractor-trailer on Highway 96 in northwest
                      Arizona.
 
                       Timothy Kelly, 34, of Henderson, Nev., died of
                      massive head injuries.
 
                       The 18-wheeler crossed the center line near
                      Bagdad, a small community west of Prescott, at 6:30
                      p.m. Thursday and struck Kelly's car.
 
                       His car struck a third car, went off the road and
                      rolled, said Pete Borquez, spokesman for the state
                      Department of Public Safety.
 
                      Slaughter, which has released five albums since
                      1990, finished its latest tour last fall. The band has a
                      live LP scheduled for release this spring and was
                      planning another tour to start in mid-May.
 

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 Slaughter Guitarist Killed in Car Crash
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    Friday, February 6, 1998
 
  Tim Kelly, guitarist for the heavy-metal outfit Slaughter,
    was killed in a car crash in Arizona on Thursday. The
    thirty-four-year-old Kelly suffered massive head injuries
    when an eighteen-wheel tractor-trailer jackknifed and
    slammed into his car and another vehicle carrying five
    passengers. Kelly and the other vehicle's occupants
    were taken by ambulance to a health clinic in Baghdad,
    Arizona, where Kelly died before he could be airlifted to
    a hospital. The other crash victims survived.

    "We're obviously in shock," Slaughter bassist Dana
    Strum said in a statement. "At first thought, none of us
    believed he would want anything but to have us keep
    the upbeat and positive message of Slaughter's music
    out there in the world." The band hasn't yet decided how Kelly's
    death will affect their participation in the upcoming Rock Never Stops
    tour, but they're leaning towards playing. The tour, which kicks off in
    May, features Warrant, Quiet Riot, Firehouse, and L.A. Guns.
    Slaughter was named 1990's Best New Heavy Metal Band at the
    American Music Awards for their debut album, Stick It to Ya. The
    band has since released five albums, the most recent of which,
    Revolution, came out last year.

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Slaughter's Tim Kelly Dies In Car Crash
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                            Slaughter guitarist Tim Kelly has been killed in car crash in Arizona according to official
                            band sources. Kelly, 35, died from injuries after his car collided with a tractor-trailer which
                            had jackknifed on an Arizona highway Thursday evening. 

                            Details are still sketchy, but the Arizona Highway Patrol told the sources that Kelly was not
                            killed instantly. The musician was taken by ambulance to the Baghdad, Arizona Health
                            Clinic, in order to be stabilized and airlifted to a trauma center, but he succumbed to
                            massive head injuries while still at the clinic.

                            Kelly was apparently travelling alone at the time, but a second car carrying five people was
                            also struck by the 18-wheeler. All five were successfully transported to the trauma center
                            for treatment.

                            The accident happened at around 6:30 PM local time as Kelly was travelling from
                            Kingman, Arizona to Baghdad, Arizona on State Route 96. The purpose of his trip is not
                            clear. Kelly, an east coast native, lived in Henderson, Nevada, a suburb of Las Vegas.

                            The band has recorded five albums since 1990 and has had the same line-up since its
                            inception: Kelly, Mark Slaughter (vocals, guitar, piano), Dana Strum (bass), and drummer
                            Blas Elias.

                            Slaughter toured with Alice Cooper last summer and headlined their own tour of clubs and
                            theaters last fall. Their last appearance with Kelly was a live show at Harpo's in Detroit,
                            Michigan on Nov. 15, 1997, which had been preceded by a radio performance on
                            Mancow's morning radio show in Chicago the day before.

                            The band is currently slated to take part in the Rock Never Stops tour with Warrant, Quiet
                            Riot, Firehouse, and L.A. Guns, scheduled to run from mid-May through the summer.

                            While a final decision has yet to be made, the band they will most likely continue on without
                            Kelly.

                            "He was an incredible trooper and made it through the highest of the highs and lowest of
                            the lows in his life and career," Dana Strum said in a statement. "While we're obviously in
                            shock, at first thought none of us believe he would want anything but to have us keep the
                            upbeat and positive message of Slaughter's music out there in the world."

                            Slaughter were formed by Mark Slaughter and Strum after the pair left Vinnie Vincent's
                            band and recruited friends Kelly and Elias. They scored an immediate hit with their first
                            album "Stick It To Ya" on Chrysalis in 1990. The album, helped by massive touring
                            including an extensive stint opening for Kiss, went gold within two months of its release and
                            spawned two hit singles, "Up All Night" and "Fly To The Angels." Three months later,
                            spurred on by the success of the videos for those songs, the album was certified platinum.
                            Later that year the band won an American Music Award for Best New Heavy Metal
                            Band.

                            Slaughter, now signed to the CMC label, was working on a live album at the time of Kelly's
                            death. Kelly had just completed a minor repair on the track, "Rock the World." The sources
                            report that the as yet untitled record will contain an enhanced-CD program and will now
                            serve as an audio and visual tribute to Kelly's memory.



Addicted to noise
                                Slaughter to dedicate live album to guitarist
                                Tim Kelly, who was
                                killed in a car crash
                                Thursday.

                                Metal band
                                Slaughter's guitarist,
                                Tim Kelly, 34, died
                                Thursday in Arizona of massive head injuries after his car
                                collided with a jackknifed tractor trailer. On Friday, Kelly's
                                bandmates pledged to dedicate a forthcoming live album
                                to the guitarist's memory ... 


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