Long-running Venice Beach, California thrash/punk band SUICIDAL TENDENCIES has released the following statement:
"It's with complete sadness that we have to announce the passing of bassist Tim 'Rawbiz' Williams.
"Tim played bass for SUICIDAL TENDENCIES for almost four years until recently.
"Tim was a monster on bass, running around on stage in the pit, giving his all, even when his body wasn't at its best. We will always remember him and appreciate all the kind words by those that were touched by his bass playing and him personally."
Williams is credited with playing bass on only one song on SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' latest album, "13", which came out in March 2013. The first studio CD in 13 years from SUICIDAL TENDENCIES sold around 3,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 187 on The Billboard 200 chart.
In addition to playing with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES since 2011, Williams has worked with everyone from Toni Braxton to BOYZ II MEN to Keyshia Cole. According to Billboard, he also appeared on Sean "Diddy" Combs' 2009 reality show "Making His Band", which documented the hip-hop mogul's search for Diddy's backing group.
When SLAYER, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and EXODUS played a handful of dates together this past May, every date was sold out and fans experienced a night of some of the best metal on the planet. With reviews like "the best show in years that I've been blessed to witness," "a metalhead's dream come true," and "...an onslaught of heart-pounding tunes during an evening full of awesome head banging action," how could this trinity of thrash legends not join up again for a full-on road trip? So, with Scion proudly presenting, SLAYER with special guests SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and EXODUS, will hit the road this fall, kicking off November 12 in Oakland, California, playing through to December 5 in Detroit, Michigan. The confirmed itinerary is below.
Said SLAYER's Tom Araya, "We are way fucking excited about hitting the road again with SUICIDAL and EXODUS. Fucking intense. See you in the fall."
Added Mike Muir, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' vocalist, "SLAYER, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and EXODUS, for only six shows? They were a blast, but everyone knew that wouldn't be enough. Now's your chance to see what everyone else was screaming about. ST definitely can't wait 'til November to do it all again!"
"This monumental tour is a heavy metal collision of epic proportions," added EXODUS vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza, who has just rejoined the band. "For my first tour back with EXODUS, I'm beyond excited to be on the road with my brothers in true thrash metal! I'm also looking forward to meeting and hanging out with all of the fans on this heavy as hell tour."
Confirmed dates are as follows:
Nov. 12 - Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
Nov. 14 - The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 15 - Comercia Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
Nov. 17 - Bricktown Events Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Nov. 18 - ACL Live, Austin, TX
Nov. 19 - Verizon Theatre, Dallas, TX
Nov. 21 - Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
Nov. 22 - The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
Nov. 23 - The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
Nov. 25 - The Armory, Albany, NY
Nov. 26 - Sands Events Center, Bethlehem, PA
Nov. 28 - The Palladium, Worcester, MA
Nov. 29 - Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
Nov. 30 - Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
Dec. 02 - Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH
Dec. 04 - Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
Dec. 05 - The Fillmore, Detroit, MI