Alright, let’s analyze this shall we?
- It is all of their faces combined (possibly Matt/Bob’s too?) to show how it is about the band and not any one person.
- The Roman numerals are for 2013. More emphasis on the death date of the band besides the title.
- There is a crumpled up picture of the band at the bottom of the tombstone. An image taken from the Bullets era.
- It looks like a can of red spray paint beside it as well. Assumedly spray paint given that there is faded red on the tombstone. The red could be symbolic of Revenge era as well.
- The red words read “We all go to hell” (Obviously “Mama” will be on this album-but it’s also another allusion to death)
- It is obviously in a California graveyard as there are palm trees and pine trees growing near each other, which is common of California. This is symbolic of Danger days.
- Revenge era is present in the whole premise of the tombstones and cross in the background.
Beyond the allusions to their four albums there is symbolism to be had as well:
- The tombstone is severed and broken. Time has weathered it away quite a bit.
- The tombstone is also the only stone facing in this direction. Symbolic of how they never followed the prescribed regiment that bands usually do. They were different and went against the current.
- The remnants around the tombstone (the crumpled image, the can, the flowers) are meant to show how only a few people have been near it in recent years, and even those have been few and far in-between.
- Stains. Again emphasizing the passage of time. Not only are there recent stains but there are layers and layers of these stains. Gathering from the other signs of age, one can estimate it’s about 50 years aged.
- The dreary sky and setting are obviously just meant to incorporate the natural sorrow of death.
- All of this would indicate that they are long forgotten and unimportant and at a complete end (emphasized by “the end”). HOWEVER. The title is “May Death Never Stop You” which redefines the symbolism of the image. The title indicates that the idea of the band thrives on and thusly, the band itself is forgotten, not the idea. The tombstone is disheveled because those that may visit it are too busy fueling the idea.