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|Birth name||Eric Michael Griffin|
|Born||December 28, 1976|
|Genres||Hard rock, horror punk|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, record producer|
|Instruments||Electric guitar, bass guitar, vocals|
|Associated acts||Murderdolls, Synical, New Rising Son, Roxy Saint, The Napoleon, Blownaparts, Wednesday 13, Faster Pussycat, Davey Suicide|
Eric Michael Griffin is an American rock guitarist. He is most famous for playing bass in the horror punk band Murderdolls (2002–2004) and guitar in Wednesday 13 (2006–2007). He is now living in Los Angeles.
- Custom B.C. Rich Mockingbird basses
- Custom ESP Les Paul bass
- Gibson Blackbird
- Dean Guitars
- Marshall VBA400x2, Marshall VBA810x2
Griffin started playing guitar at the age of 12 and states his childhood influences as KISS and Mötley Crüe. He has now toured the world and made a name for himself in the music industry. From 1998 until 2002 – Griffin played guitar in an alternative rock band called Synical with friend Ben Graves.
In the early 2000s Tripp Eisen showed a video of himself jamming with Griffin and Graves, to members of a project which he was involved with; the Murderdolls. Although not his preferred position (lead guitar), Eric agreed to join the Murderdolls as the bassist. Murderdolls had already recorded their debut album by the time Eric had joined, although he does feature in the album artwork for "Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls".
Griffin toured all over the world with the Murderdolls; Japan, United States, United Kingdom, etc. and found success with the band, featuring in promotional videos for "Dead in Hollywood", "White Wedding" and "Love at First Fright".
In 2004 as Murderdolls guitarist Joey Jordison returned to his primary band, the Murderdolls went on hiatus. Since this time Griffin has played with a number of other bands; such as New Rising Son, Genitorturers, Wednesday 13, The Dreaming, Faster Pussycat as well as a brief reunion of Synical for a tribute show.
Eric has worked with Ajax Garcia and Jesse Mendez in the band The Napoleon Blownaparts, or The Blownaparts as they are also known. However, Eric himself claims that his involvement with The Napoleon Blownaparts has been overblown by the media, as he has only played one show with them and recorded two cover songs. He has also filled in as guitarist for Faster Pussycat after Brent Muscat was unable to tour.
In 2006, Eric rejoined Murderdolls frontman Wednesday 13 in 13's solo band, and toured with him for a year. As of Friday August 3, 2007 Wednesday 13's Tour page, MySpace, and Eric's website stated that Eric has reportedly left the Wednesday 13 tour band. No information was stated on the sites as to why Eric left the band. Eric was replaced by J-Sin Trioxin.
In October 2007, Eric Griffin entered The Chop Shop in Hollywood. and performed a guitar solo on Undercover Slut's "Kastration Kar Krashes" song, featured on "Amerikkka Macht Frei" (Undercover Slut's new album).
Eric is finishing work on 'QUIT WHILE YOU'RE BEHIND' album/DVD to be released fall 2008. Eric and Brian are joined by live bassist Dan Kincaid (Spit Out Star), and are touring internationally, late 2008.
In 2009 Eric joined Genitorturers as lead guitarist.
In a 2011 interview with Rock N Roll Experience Magazine Eric stated he was not invited to join the re-activated Murderdolls: "there's been debate over whether or not I was asked & whether or not I turned it down and I just want to be clear up one thing. Those 2 guys (Joey Jordison & Wednesday 13) did not invite or ask any of the members, they just did what they did and I'm not going to get into the why's or the how's or the who's, but yeah, it was their show, they didn't ask, they didn't tell...just like the military & that's the end of it."
- Bands that Eric has played in
- 1998–2002 Synical guitar
- 2002–2004 Murderdolls – bass
- 2004 The Napoleon Blownaparts – guitar
- 2005 Faster Pussycat – guitar
- 2006–2007 Wednesday 13 guitar
- 2008–present Synical guitar
- 2009–present Genitorturers – guitar
- 2011–2012 The Dreaming – Guitar
- 2012–2013 Davey Suicide – Guitar
- 2014–present Six Days Til Sunday – Guitar
- Depeche Mode – I Feel Loved
- Alien Ant Farm – Movies in which he played the part of Axl Rose
- Static-X – Cold where he played a vampire.
- Goo Goo Dolls – Broadway
- Deftones – Back to School where he plays a student
Griffin also made a brief cameo appearance in the movie; Queen of the Damned.
- (Rock N Roll Experience interviews Eric Griffin!)
- Look What The Zombies Dragged In From The Grave! (W13, MD, FDQ & MST Fansite)