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O.T.
Body Count - United States

Overview

Besides Ice-T, the original line-up consisted of Ernie C (lead guitar and co-production), Mooseman (bass), Beatmaster V (drums) and D-Roc (rhythm guitar). The band's first appearance was the song Body Count on Ice-T's solo album OG: Original Gangster (1991). Body Count's debut album Body Count (1992) attacked, in graphic terms, various aspects of racism and criminality in South Central Los Angeles (now South Los Angeles).

The band's sophomore release, Born Dead (1994), included a cover of Jimi Hendrix' Hey Joe as well as a moderate hit single with the song Born Dead. Prior to the recording of Body Count's third album Violent Demise: The Last Days (1997), bassist Mooseman left the group and was replaced by Griz.

Drummer Beatmaster V died of Leukemia soon after the album was completed, O.T. filled in the drum chair. Bassist Griz left the band later on, and in the meanwhile, former bassist Mooseman was shot in a drive-by shooting in winter 2000 while working for Iggy Pop. In late 2004, rhythm guitarist D-Roc died due to complications from lymphoma, leaving only Ice-T and Ernie C from the original line-up. They launched a tour with O.T. and new band members on bass and rhythm guitar.

Despite all the trouble, the band toured constantly throughout the 90s in the USA as well as Europe, including festivals such as Lollapalooza. That resulted in the release of several bootleg live recordings and eventually led to the release of official concert DVDs.

The band's fourth album Murder 4 Hire was released on July 28th in Europe and on August 1st in the US. Body Count's current recording and touring lineup consists of Ice-T, guitarist Ernie C, drummer OT, bassist Vincent Price and rhythm guitarist Bendrix. The band has been confirmed playing on the Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK and several other festivals throughout Europe.

Links

O.T.'s MySpace

Body Count's MySpace

Otis Hayes.com

Equipment Configuration

BRP Masters Series
Black Sparkle
22x18 bass drum
10x9 tom
12x10 tom
14x11 tom
16x16 floor tom
18x16 floor tom

B1000 boom stand x 6
S1000 snare stand
P2002C double pedal
H2000 hi-hat stand
CHL1000 closed hi-hat
T2000 double tom stand
D1000SP throne
TH1000S short tom holder
AX25 adapter
AX25L long adapter