Timothy Patrick Kelly was born on January 13,
1963 in Trenton, New Jersey. Tim was a self taught guitar
player and began his music career around the sixth grade.
He was inspired by other guitarists such as Rick Derringer and
Some of the bands Tim played in during his
career included Hellion, New Haven, and Allegiance (that was fronted
by his brother Brian) along with a couple other cover bands.
After no real success with these bands Tim teamed up with Mark
Slaughter and Dana Strum (both of which came from the Vinnie Vincent
Invasion group) to form a new group with their own original music.
They later found Blas Elias and he joined as their drummer.
Thus, the group Slaughter was formed.
Slaughter emerged on the music scene in the
year 1990 with a vengeance. They released their first album
entitled "Stick It To Ya " that same year and had a
few hit singles that topped the charts. These singles included
"Up All Night" and "Fly To The Angels".
On this same album Tim wrote and performed an instrumental piece
called "Thinking of June" which he dedicated to his
sister who died in 1982 from ovarian cancer.
Slaughter's success did not stop here though.
They went on to record another six albums over their nine year
career. These recordings included another three studio albums,
a live EP, a best of compilation, and the full length live
album entitled "Eternal Live" which includes a pictorial
and video tribute to Tim. Slaughter also released three
Even with all the success that Slaughter enjoyed
Tim found the time to be active in community service, particularly
in reaching out to our troubled youth with the positive message
rock and roll can bring. Tim himself had a bit of a troubled
past and knew what these kids were going through.
At the time of his death Tim resided in Henderson,
Nevada. Henderson is a suburb of Las Vegas, which proudly
honored Slaughter's platinum success with the keys to the city
in November, 1991.
Tim will surely be missed by all that knew
and loved him. He was a talented musician, wonderful person,
and loyal friend to many. Tim may have been taken from us
too soon, but his positive outlook on life lives on through the
music he has left behind.