And they said it would never happen. Never!!
However, this September, Original Singer/Songwriter Glenn Danzig, Original Bassist Jerry Only and long-time Guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein – for the “First Time in Over 30-Years” – will be stepping onto stage together as “The Original MISFITS” to headline Riot Fest & Rodeo in Denver, CO (September 2-4, 2016) and Riot Fest & Carnival in Chicago, IL (September 16-18, 2016).
From the time of their first gig in 1977, the MISFITS and their iconic imagery went on to become one of the most crucially influential, genre-defying bands to ever emerge from North America, the MISFITS significance extends well beyond the narrowed path of punk rock & hardcore. Although not cognizant of how significant they would become, what the MISFITS achieved in their initial six-year window deconstructed and redefined rock music.
All the while, the MISFITS with Danzig’s unmistakable voice, Only’s ferocious bass sound and the bands anthemic songs, melody-induced choruses and authentically bruising musicianship, cemented their importance with all ensuing generations, whether in arena-filled metal shows or in a sweaty 400-cap club in Tucson. And for the ‘First Time in over Three Decades,’ legions of diehard fans from around the world will have the opportunity to hear the Original Band that created thousands of bands in their wake.
Full line-up announcements for Riot Fest 2016 will be happening shortly.
Riot Fest Three-Day Passes are now on sale and available on www.riotfest.org or www.ticketfly.com
The Misfits formed in 1977 in Lodi, New Jersey and gave punk a horror edge. Danzig reveled in the macabre on singles like “Bullet,” “Horror Business” and “Night of the Living Dead,” and he’d occasionally dress in a full skeleton costume, while Only painted his eyes to look like he was dead. They’d also pull their hair forward into “devilocks.” The bassist’s younger brother, Doyle, joined in 1980 and completed the band’s front line through its demise.
Throughout the rest of the Eighties, Danzig later formed Samhain and his own eponymous group, while Only and Doyle took regular jobs and played in the group Kryst the Conquerer. Meanwhile, the Misfits’ legacy grew, as Metallica, Guns N’ Roses and countless others covered the group’s songs and credited them as an influence. Only and Danzig sparred viciously over behind-the-scenes legal issues, but reached an agreement in 1995 that would allow Only and Doyle to tour as Misfits without their singer.
Doyle stayed with Only’s Misfits until 2002, after which Only led a lineup that variously included former Black Flag frontman Dez Cadena and drummers Marky Ramone and Robo. Doyle joined Danzig onstage for the first time since 1983 in 2006 to perform Misfits songs, and Danzig and Doyle toured together intermittently in the following years. Lawsuits and feuds have ensued over the years, but there have been a few moments where the chasm had seemed to be closing.
In 2011, Only told Rolling Stone he would not rule out a reunion. “Doing it with Glenn may work on a short-term basis,” he said. “I could see us getting together and lining up a bunch of big festivals and a bunch of big shows.”
Danzig stopped by Rolling Stone’s office last year and while he didn’t address a reunion with the Misfits, he did reminisce fondly on the band’s early years. “I wore makeup only at a couple of live shows and maybe for a photo shoot,” he said. “I think it was originally for a Halloween show, ’79, at [New York City’s] Irving Plaza. I also had the skeleton shirt and skeleton clothes on, so I was a full punk skeleton man. I can’t remember if it was that show or the next year’s Halloween show that we hung dead animal heads and limbs and carcasses all over the place. It smelled like a slaughterhouse. It looked like a slaughterhouse because it actually was.”
Misfits’ Facebook page has been teasing a new EP, Friday the 13th, due out this Friday. It will contain “four new horror-punk anthems” written by Only.
Danzig has been working on a new solo album, as well as a collection of Elvis Presley covers. He put out another covers album, Skeletons, last year. Earlier this year, he appeared on an episode of Portlandia.