CKY’s Jess Margera: The Gun Shy Interview

Jess Margera of CKY

You’ve got to feel bad for CKY drummer Jess Margera. The dude has taped numerous, often-painful segments for inclusion in the franchise of Jackass films — including the newly-released Jackass 3D, which topped last week’s box office with more than $50 million in receipts. That’s a lot of movie tickets. Alas, Jess’ bits almost always end up on the cutting reel floor.

“That’s the case with me,” Margera tells Gun Shy Assassin. “I’ve filmed so much stuff and 90 percent of it didn’t make it,” including one skit for the first Jackass flick that test audiences deemed too disturbing, so it was cut. “We put Ryan Dunn in a trash bag with fake blood and Bam and I pulled up in this creepy van, and tossed him in a dumpster and just peeled out. The test audiences thought it was too gnarly, but the people’s reactions are priceless.”

Several of the bits he was involved with may make it into Jackass 3.5, which is expected to hit theaters early next year. But while he may not be a featured player in his brother Bam’s Jackass crew, Jess’ band CKY was asked to write a song for the film. The track is called “The Afterworld” and is available on iTunes now.

The band will be touring all of next month, in support of the new track. But when we may get our next helping of fresh CKY is unclear. When asked about the eventual follow-up to Carver City, Jess said a new record isn’t on the immediate horizon. Instead, the band have begun working on a box set.

“It’s so crazy right now that we’ve just been digging through what we have,” Margera tells Gun Shy Assassin. “We’re kind of just at that point where it’s been 15 years and there’s so much stuff built up that I think it’s probably going to be like a box set next year. There’ll be B-sides, BBC radio sessions, rarities, live tracks….just so much, it’ll probably be like three discs.”

Margera says the band will even pull together a career-spanning booklet for the box set. “It’s actually in the works. Me and Chad [Ginsburg] were arguing about it for a month — how to get it out there — and finally yesterday, we were in the studio, and we both agreed that it should just be a massive box set.”

He says the box set may even include the long out-of-print Volume 2, plus “tons more demos and songs, spanning from ’96 until now. We’ve got concerts we recorded in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Japan, Holland, England…those will also make it on there somehow. The fans are going to be stoked.”

CKY tour dates:

10/29: Teaneck, NJ @ Mexicali Live

10/30: Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero Theatre
10/31: Toronoto, ON @ Opera House

11/1: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop

11/2: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s

11/4: West Dundee, IL @ Clearwater Theater

11/5: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II

11/6: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock

11/7: Iowa City, IA @ The Blue Moose Tap House

11/8: Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall

11/10: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre

11/11: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

11/12: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
11/13: Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre  

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