Ex-PRONG Drummer TED PARSONS: The New PRONG Is A Joke

Former PRONG/GODFLESH drummer Ted Parsons has slammed PRONG mainman Tommy Victor for resurrecting the group with all-new members and attempting to pick up where the band left off at the time of their original split in 1996.

"I wanted to continue PRONG with Tommy in 1996 when we got dropped from Epic [Records]," Parsons wrote on the message board of the official GODFLESH web site at www.godflesh.com. "But [Tommy] wanted to call it quits. PRONG now is a joke and is really just a cover band in my opinion. Some people never know when to call it quits. I think it's sad and pathetic PRONG isn't a closed book by now."

In related news, Parsons has revealed that he will collaborate with ex-GODFLESH leader Justin Broadrick on the latter's new project, JESU. There is no word yet on a possible release date for this much-anticipated group. Moreover, Parsons and former GODFLESH bandmate Paul Raven (bass) will be involved with the next KILLING JOKE album and subsequent tour. According to Ted, "[guitarist] Geordie has eight new songs written and we are in the process of writing more. [Vocalist] Jaz Coleman is still under contract for the rest of this year to complete his classical music in different parts of the world, so don't expect any new KJ until early 2003! Should be an exciting chapter for KJ! I'm hoping it will be in the vein of early KJ and the album Extremeties, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions, but more brutal and taken further!" Also on the Parsons front, the drummer's TELEDUBGNOSIS project will release two separate albums this fall, one containing remixes (by The Bug, Spectre, Tech Level 2=Justin, Scotty Hard and The Ill Saint/Spectre, among others) and the other featuring all-new material. "There is no current label so we may put it out ourselves," said Parsons. "There will be shows on the east coast in June/July, with Scotty Hard on guitar and Tony Maimone on bass in Boston and NYC."

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