Obituary drummer credits Andrew WK for sparking reunion

Obituary’s second act has now lasted longer than their first run, and drummer Donald Tardy says it might not have happened without a little nudge from former bandmate Andrew WK. Chaoszin (as seen in the video below), Tardy revealed how his stint with the white T-shirt rocker after Obituary broke up in 1997 ultimately helped bring the band together in 2003.

Tardy recalled (as transcribed by Metal injection), “I was at Ozzfest with Andrew, and we were playing in Florida and again, we were never friends [even though we went on hiatus]. We were always watching sports together, you know, watching NASCAR, football, partying – but we just took a break. It was Andrew at Ozzfest where, even though Andrew’s set was only 30 minutes long, and even though we only had a 30 minute set, he said, ‘Do you think you think you wanna go out and do like, two obituaries Songs?'”

By then the band had been apart for six years, but just being able to get all the guys together for that special Ozzfest appearance was all it took to reignite the fire.

“It literally reignited the flame how much my brother [John Tardy] and Trevor [Peres] realized how much [fun] it’s being on tour. So you can half thank Andrew for being such an Obituary fan that he invited us to do two songs on his stage with him.”

Since that 2003 reunion, the band has recorded and released five more studio albums, the most recent being the 2017 self-titled set.

While each of the band members used their time differently during the split, Tardy didn’t stray too far from the music and it was a call from WK that piqued his interest in playing in a band again. With Tardy’s help, WK put his band together and the drummer remembers how awesome it was to build something from scratch and see it take off.

“I’ve seen it go from concept to literally 1,000 miles an hour – a gold record, playing Ozzfest… I’ve played on Saturday Night Live with Andrew, I played on Conan O’Brien, I played you know, all those late night shows. I mean, it’s funny. I went from obituary to Andrew, from zero to a thousand miles an hour. Next thing you know we’re on learjets and uh Ozzfests and Saturday Night Live. We opened for Aerosmith in America for 11 shows. It was just amazing. It was awesome.”

He concludes: “When the [Obituary] I kind of went home and wanted to get away from the stage, I dove into it and did some of the greatest shows I’ve ever considered doing.”

The Obituary was originally together from 1984 to 1997. The band have reportedly been working on new material with the intention of a new record arriving later this year.

Donald Tardy of the obituary speaks with Chaoszin

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