CANNIBAL CORPSE will wrap up its 25th-anniversary celebrations for 2013 with a pair of shows in Florida, which has served as the band’s base of operations since relocating to Tampa from Buffalo, New York in 1994. The concerts are scheduled for November 29 in Ft. Lauderdale at the Culture Room and November 30 in Tampa at the Brass Mug.
Asked by Tampa Bay Times if this milestone of 25 years really means anything to the band or if it’s just an excuse to play another show, CANNIBAL CORPSE founding member and bassist Alex Webster said: “It’s an opportunity for us to stop and look at what we’ve done. You’re just trying to live your life day by day, and you’re not thinking in terms of years. … But we had a lot of people around us saying, ‘This is a really big milestone and you should celebrate it,’ and that got us thinking about it. I’ve spent more than half of my life in this band. It’s at this point where you realize, Wow, this band is my life. Twenty-five years — it’s not a passing thing. It is something worth celebrating, I think, that we’ve been able to spend a quarter of a century playing our favorite kind of music and actually making a career out of it.”
Regarding whether he thinks there’s any chance he will still be doing this 25 years from now, Webster said: “Whew. Honestly, I do think there will be a presence of our band in 25 years. It just won’t be what it is now. In 25 years — let me do the math real quick — I’ll be pushing 70. … I don’t see us ever officially breaking up, but I could see us being gradually becoming less and less active. It’s normal. Sixty-eight years and still playing extreme death metal? Check back in with me in 25 years and we’ll see if that actually pans out. [laughs]”
Metal Blade Records has been releasing one picture disc a month from the band’s expansive catalog of releases (“Eaten Back To Life”, “Butchered At Birth”, “Tomb Of The Mutilated”, “The Bleeding”, “Vile”, “Gallery Of Suicide”, “Bloodthirst”, “Gore Obsessed”, “The Wretched Spawn”, “Kill”, “Evisceration Plague”, “Torture”). A total of 12 pictures discs will be released, covering all of the band’s full-length studio albums, some of which have never been released on picture disc.
Earlier this year, it was announced that CANNIBAL CORPSE was selected for induction in the Buffalo Music Hall Of Fame as a member of the Class of 2013. CANNIBAL CORPSE is the latest addition to the Hall Of Fame, which also includes Buffalo natives the GOO GOO DOLLS, Billy Sheehan, 10,000 MANIACS, and many more. The Class Of 2013 was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall Of Fame at its 30th-anniversary induction gala, which was held October 3 at the Tralf Music Hall in Buffalo.