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Below is our complete Misfits news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Hatebreed Reveals Covers Album Release Date

Hardcore metal act Hatebreed has announced that their forthcoming new covers album, "For The Lions" will be released in North America on May 5th in North America via E1 Music (formerly known as Koch Records) and will appear on the shelves on Europe on May 11th through Century Media.

The covers appearing on "For The Lions" are as follows:

Slayer - "Ghosts of War"
Cro-Mags - "It's The Limit"
Suicidal Tendencies - "Suicidal Maniac"
Sepultura - "Refuse/Resist"
Metallica - "Escape"
Bad Brains - "Supertouch/Shitfit"
Misfits - "Hatebreeders"
D.R.I. - "Evil Minds"
Madball - "Set It Off"
Sick Of It All - "Shut Me Out"
Black Flag - "Thirsty"
Negative Approach - "Sick Of Talk"
Crowbar - "All I Had I Gave"
Merauder - "Life Is Pain"
Agnostic Front - "Your Mistake"
Judge - "Hear Me"
Obituary - "I'm In Pain
Subzero - "Boxed In"

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Hatebreed Reveals Covers Album, New Guitarist

HATEBREED has revealed the release date and tracklisting of their new covers album, "For The Lions." The album is set for release on Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 via E1 Music (formerly KOCH Records). This new release is the follow-up to the band’s #1 Billboard charting DVD, LIVE DOMINANCE (released September of 2008).

The songs on "For The Lions" were carefully selected by HATEBREED to represent a panoramic view of some of their favorite artists and greatest musical inspirations. Having completed the album in 2008, the band felt their work wasn’t done yet and just returned to the studio with original guitar player Wayne Lozinak to record additional tracks for the album. The four new covers are among the most bludgeoning the band has yet to record. These include, “Ghosts Of War” (Slayer), “Supertouch/Shitfit (Bad Brains), “Thirsty” (Black Flag) and “Suicidal Maniac” (Suicidal Tendencies).

FOR THE LIONS was produced, engineered and mixed by long-time band associate Chris "Zeuss" Harris.

You can preview of “Suicidal Maniac” on the band's MySpace page.

In additional HATEBREED news, the band announced the departure of guitar player Sean M. Martin, welcoming back to the fold original guitarist Wayne Lozinak.

Front man Jamey Jasta says, “I speak on behalf of all of us and we support Sean's decision to leave and want him to be happy and successful at everything he does. There are no bad feelings at all and you'll probably see him hanging on stage at some of our local shows. We're family and he will be missed but HATEBREED will forge on.” More...

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Misfits Pull Out Of Motorhead Tour

Just days after Aussie rockers Airbourne dropped off the forthcoming "Volcom Tour", The Misfits have announced that they too will not be taking part in the tour.

A statement from band leader Jerry Only reads:

"For the sake of our loyalty and dedication to all our fiends, the Misfits have chosen to withdraw from the lineup of Volcom’s 2008 tour. The Misfits have always held an incredibly high standard of performance and quality in everything we do. Our fans expect this and deserve it. I will not compromise their expectations for any amount of money, prestige or fame. I apologize for the inconvenience and will reschedule performances wherever possible throughout our upcoming tour this Oct.

- Jerry Only"

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Michale Graves Talks Misfits Reunion, Projects

Jason Price of Live-Metal.Net recently sat down with Michale Graves where he discusses his upcoming release of Illusions Live/Viretta Park, making the jump to the silver screen with his role in Perkins 14, the possibilites of Misfit's reunion, and much more.

MICHALE GRAVES ON DOYLE'S RECENT COMMENTS AND A MISFITS REUNION:

Live-Metal.net: How did your departure from the Misfits come about?

Michale Graves: My departure came about from a series of events that took about a year or two. The first sign, if you go back into the Misfits history, the first sign of trouble was when I left when the band went to South America. I left mostly because I was championing the causes of Dr. Chud and Doyle (Wolfgang von Frankenstein). My problem with the situation was that I wasn't being given the respect that I felt that I deserved, nor the ability to have the input on decisions involving art or direction. I was always told, just as all of us were, that "If you don't like the way things were, you can go home and we will find somebody better." My answer was always, "You can't." The planets aligned when we all came together and I was a major part of why the Misfits resurrected from where they were. It went from this underground thing, to this then relevant, powerful musical force. I wrote the majority of those songs that are one those records. I wrote the songs that you most associate with those records. "Dig Up Her Bones," "Crying On A Saturday Night," "Scream!," "American Psycho," and "Shining," those came out of me.

I was always vocal. Jerry and I, the same problems exist today as they did back then. Jerry knows that if Chud and Doyle would pull there heads out of their asses, we could get the Misfits back together. It's not on me and it is certainly not Jerry. It has always been mostly Doyle and then Chud. I left because there was just so much disfunction, so much unhappiness, and so much stupid shit.

Live-Metal.net: I think the main thing that many of your fans are interested in is whether or not the door is closed for good on a Misfits reunion.

Michale Graves: Jerry and I do not have a dysfunctional working relationship. Him and I both know and I know he knows that I am on board. It is a phone call away. I won't step back into what I walked away from, but the problem isn't with Jerry and I. The problem is with Doyle and with Chud. I just read an interview with Doyle where he is bashing Jerry about some type of Misfits reunion with Danzig, basically saying how Jerry threw a monkey wrench into it. (Read the interview at this location: http://clevescene.com/stories/15/70/your-weekly-concert-previews)

Live-Metal.net: I saw that.

Michale Graves: Well, what fans don't know is how close a Misfits reunion came because he was having talks about that. After the first situation fell through, the next round of talks that was happening was "Hey, let's get Jerry, Michale, Doyle..." Jerry didn't want Chud, but I was fighting for Chud. The plan was to get us four back together. Like I said before, I was on board. The sticking point on why that fell apart was that Doyle wanted to bring his wife out on tour and wouldn't bend from it because Gorgeous George or Gorgeous Frankenstein or whatever she is called had to be a part of the Misfits. Jerry didn't even want Chud in the band. Chud is a waste of human life, BUT, he certainly deserved to be a part of situation that was being put together. I was the one that was sticking up for him even though he really doesn't deserved to be stuck up for. Doyle says, "So let all the Misfits fans put that in their pipe and smoke it." Well, you guys have to tell the whole story. They only give you half-truths and they don't want to talk about me. You're not allowed to bring up my name in front of them because they can't hash their stories because they are on the fuckin' losing end of it.

Live-Metal.Net: Looking back on that period, is there anything you would do again differently if you had the chance?

Michale Graves: I wouldn't have championed Chud and Doyle's causes if I knew then what I know now. I wouldn't have stuck up for them the way that I did, always more so than helping myself. But that is the way that I am and that is the way I treat people and the way that I conduct business. Those guys are different or at least they have changed a lot.

MICHALE GRAVES ON HIS ROLE IN PERKINS 14:

Live-Metal.Net: You also have another exciting project in the works right now. What can you tell us about Perkins 14 and how that came about?

Michale Graves: It's a great story! There are no coincidences in life and karma is real! The Misfits and I, when I first got into the band back in 1995, somehow got hooked up with Craig Singer. Craig Singer wrote and directed a movie that is being re-released on DVD very soon that is called Animal Room. It has Matthew Lillard in it and I wanna call him "Doogie Howser." [laughs] That's terrible!

Live-Metal.Net: Neil Patrick Harris.

Michale Graves: Yeah! Neil Patrick Harris and Amanda Peete. The Misfits were in a scene in that movie. Craig and I hit it off and we had fun. He is a really cool guy. Shoot to 2007, last Fall I guess it was, and I was doing the Chiller Theater convention in Secaucus, New Jersey. Craig Singer rolls up to the booth. He is like "Hey, do you remember me?" and I was like "Of course I remember you, you're Craig fucking Singer!" So, I started telling him about how I remembered the scene and how I remembered the line like it was yesterday. It blew his mind! So, we talked about that for a little while. I gave him a copy of some stuff that I was working on and a copy of "The Blackness and The Forest". I told him that I was still very interested in doing some acting work. I never really had an opportunity to do any of that, although I have always wanted to and spent lots of time preparing for it. It just never worked out. I told him to keep me in mind and that if he heard of anything that might be good for me, to give me a call. Months go by and J.V. (Bastard) and I are out on the road, somewhere in the middle of nowhere, probably in crisis and something was probably breaking! [laughs] Craig Singer calls me up and says to get in touch with the people who were doing casting for Perkins 14. There was a part that he thought I would be pretty good at and that he could see me doing. So I auditioned for the part via video and they gave it to me. The next thing that I know, I am in Bucharest, Romania shooting a movie called Perkins 14! In the film, I play a character called Eric Ross.

Live-Metal.Net: You did some demos there that ended up being on your upcoming release Illusions Live / Viretta Park.

Michale Graves: Yeah. In the first scene that I am introduced in, I am playing "Blackbird" on an acoustic guitar. Having the guitar in my hands, being on set, playing for everybody, and the whole experience that I was having in Europe really triggered this whole chain of events that lead to a huge creative outburst. Being in that country, where their revolution took place in 1989 was an amazing experience. Actually, the guy who owned the studio was the only person in Romania who had film footage of the leader that was overthrown, Ceau?escu. He was the only person with footage of his trial and execution. He sold the footage to the media and got millions of dollars and then bought the film studio. The whole experience over there was very inspirational.

ON HIS UPCOMING RELEASE ILLUSIONS LIVE/VIRETTA PARK:

Live-Metal.Net: Let's talk about Illusions Live / Viretta Park, which you will be releasing in October. It is a great recording and it really captures the essence of your live show.

Michale Graves: Thank you. The sound was taken directly from the board. When I listen to it, it is like I am sitting in the audience as well. It was a very cool and special night. It was the same night that I got the new "stitches" tattoo that I got down in Port Richie. The last time I got the stitches on my left arm, it was 2000 in Atlanta at the Dragon*Con Festival, which was a turning point for a lot of us in the Misfits. It stirred up a lot of memories and feelings. It definitely came out on stage that night.

Live-Metal.Net: I was most curious about the second part of the title "Viretta Park." I would assume that is a reference to Kurt Cobain?

Michale Graves: Yes.

Live-Metal.Net: How did that song come about?

Michale Graves: I was a huge Nirvana fan. A HUGE Kurt Cobain fan. One of my dreams was to be able to collaborate with him. I always wanted to jam with him. Along the way, J.V. and I started to talk about tragic heroes and talking about whether or not or why Kurt Cobain would have killed himself or he didn't kill himself. Regardless of the fact, he is dead. We talked about how tragic that was and the effect that it had on us. When we were on the West Coast, we sought out Viretta Park, when we made it to Seattle. It became this big, huge adventure. [laughs] I was in high school when Nirvana came out, so when I listen to those songs, I am seventeen again. So being there in Viretta Park, there was so much nostalgia, sadness, and happiness that it had a huge effect on both of us. That day in Viretta Park, the weather was so typically Seattle! It was rainy, misty, and miserable. We were sitting there and for a minute it was like the whole world just kinda paused in my life. It felt very much like nothing would ever really be the same again after this. It was almost the feeling of when you are almost at the top of a roller coaster. It was very calm, but very anxious and it had a huge effect on us. Especially me.

Read the full article at Live-Metal.net.

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Airbourne Pulls Out Of Motorhead Tour

Aussie rockers Airbourne has posted the following message online:

"After 200+ shows this year, Joel's suffering from strained vocal chords and is being forced under doctor's orders to cancel the current USA dates with MOTÖRHEAD. All that is needed is a couple of weeks rest and then the band will be back on the road in Japan this October, and then taking on a UK / Europe tour for the third time in ten months. The band is gutted that they can not play these shows with Motorhead & hope to see you all at a show soon."

Rock on & see you soon.
AIRBOURNE

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Michale Graves Launches Acoustic Tour

Former Misfits frontman Michale Graves will launch an acoustic tour in support of his upcoming new live album on October 21st titled "Illusions Live 2008/Viretta Park." More tour dates are to be announced in the coming days via MySpace.

Tour dates are as follows:

Aug 16 2008 - THE JUNKYARD - Rochelle Park, NJ
Aug 21 2008 - NORTHERN LIGHTS - Clifton Park, NY
Sep 6 2008 - School of Rock - South Hackensack, NY
Sep 11 2008 - CAFE 9 - New Haven, CT (Tickets available through www.inticketing.com)
Sep 12 2008 - THE HAUNT - Yonkers, NY (Tickets available through Ticketmaster.com)
Sep 13 2008 - BELMAR FIRE HALL - Belmar, NJ
Sep 17 2008 - COFFEE EAST - Easton, MD (Tickets available through www.annapolistickets.com)
Sep 18 2008 - Green Acres Flea Market - Louisville, TN
Sep 19 2008 - CLUB ECHO - Huntington, WV
Sep 20 2008 - LUCKY DEVIL - Wilmington, NC
Sep 21 2008 - ROCK SHOP - Fayetteville, NC
Sep 24 2008 - CHURCHILLS - Miami, FL
Sep 25 2008 - FRANKS FRONT ROW - Daytona, FL
Sep 26 2008 - AKA LOUNGE - Orlando, FL (Tickets available through Ticketmaster.com)
Sep 27 2008 - LUB BOURBON - New Port Richey, FL
Sep 28 2008 - PASTIMES PUB - Sarasota, FL
Sep 29 2008 - DOOZERS - Jacksonville, FL
Sep 30 2008 - ZYDECO - Birmingham, AL (Tickets available through www.ticketbiscuit.com)
Oct 1 2008 - BOBARINOS - Farmington, MI
Oct 2 2008 - JUANITA’S - Little Rock, AK
Oct 3 2008 - CHOPPERS - Spring, TX
Oct 5 2008 - ROCK BOTTOM - San Antonio, TX
Oct 6 2008 - 7 DAYS TAVERN - Laredo, TX
Oct 7 2008 - Cameron Park Pavillion - WACO, TX
Oct 9 2008 - JONI’S CLUB - Wichita, KA
Oct 10 2008 - FUSION AFFECT - Shawnee, OK (Tickets available through www.okctickets.com)
Oct 13 2008 - WOWIES - Gallup, NM
Oct 17 2008 - JUMPING TURTLE - San Marcos, CA
Oct 18 2008 - KNITTING FACTORY - Hollywood, CA (Tickets available through Ticketweb.com)
Oct 19 2008 - WHEEL HOUSE - Hemet, CA
Oct 21 2008- Heroes Sport Lounge - Modesto, CA
Oct 23 2008- MUSICHEAD - Medford, OR
Oct 24 2008- ASH STREET - Portland, OR
Oct 25 2008- The Bit Saloon - Seattle, WA
Oct 26 2008- Rays Golden Lion - Richland, WA
Oct 27 2008- BOUQUET - Boise, ID
Oct 28 2008- Bar Deluxe - Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 29 2008- 3 KINGS TAVERN - Denver, CO (Tickets available through www.holdmyticket.com)
Oct 31 2008- NESTORS TAVERN - Fargo, ND
Nov 1 2008 - The Rock - Maplewood, MN
Nov 2 2008 - Buzzbomb - Chicago, IL (Tickets available through IndieTickets.com)
Nov 4 2008 - Perry Middle School - Indianapolis, IN
Nov 5 2008 - Mac’s Bar - Lansing, MI
Nov 8 2008 - Brewery - Penn State, PA
Nov 22 2008 - The Cup - Staten Island, NY

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Motorhead Announces More Tour Dates

Motorhead have added some more dates to their Fall North American run which also includes Misfits, Airbourne, Valient Thorr and Year Long Disaster.

Motorhead will be releasing their brand new album "Motorizer" on August 26th in North America and September 1st in Europe.

The updated tour schedule is as follows:

Dates are as follows:

September
2 - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
3 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
4 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
6 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore Auditorium
7 - N. Kansas City, MO - Harrah's Voodoo
9 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
10 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theatre
12 - St. Paul, MN - Myth
13 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Orbit Room
14 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
16 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
18 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!
19 - Philadelphia, PA - The Electric Factory
20 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
21 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony Parking Lot

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Motorhead Announces U.S. Tour

Rock legends Motorhead have announced a huge headlining U.S. tour scheduled to kick off in September. The rock gods will be joinined by a host of support acts including Misfits, Airbourne, Valient Thorr and Year Long Disaster.

The tour dates are as follows:

September 3 - San Diego, California @ House of Blues
September 4 - Las Vegas, Nevada @ House of Blues
September 6 - Denver, Colorado @ The Fillmore Auditorium
September 7 - Kansas City, Missouri @ Harrah’s
September 9 - St. Louis, Missouri @ The Pageant
September 10 - Madison, Wisconsin @ Orpheum Theatre
September 12 - St. Paul, Minnesota @ Myth
September 13 - Grand Rapids, Michigan @ The Orbit Room
September 18 - Baltimore, Maryland @ Rams Head Live
September 19 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ The Electric Factory
September 20 - New York, New York @ Roseland Ballroom
September 21 - Asbury Park, New Jersey @ Stone Pony Parking Lot

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Glenn Danzig Comments On Misfits

Michael Christopher of DelcoTimes.com recently conducted an interview with Glenn Danzig. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

On "The Lost Tracks":

"It'’s all unreleased stuff from the third DANZIG record up until now. There's also a SAMHAIN song that we did with (producer) Rick Rubin when DANZIG first got together that never was released."

"'When Death Had No Name' is a track that has long been kicking around the band’s earliest sessions. Two versions show up on the set, a late '80s and early '90s version both stark in contrast but representative of the singer’s sonic evolution, something that was difficult to capture with the condition of the masters.

"We had to bake them, because they spin on the reel and start flaking off and it won't play. There are people out there that actually bake old tapes so you can transfer them to a hard drive or whatever you want to do."

On his rumored collaboration with ALICE IN CHAINS' Jerry Cantrell:

"I don't know if that’s going to actually happen or not, because right now he's busy with this ALICE IN CHAINS thing. It's going to be a blues record, but it's not going to be new blues, it's going to be old, dark, creepy acoustic blues; guitars and vocals."

On teaming up with MISFITS' guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein for a quick set of classic tracks on DANZIG's most recent tour:

"People wanted to see it — I'm not stupid. And obviously it's never going to happen otherwise. People dug it; I never thought I needed to validate it. We always had a pact that we were never going to do it unless we were all going to do it; and someone broke that pact [referring to Jerry Only — Ed.]."

On bass player Jerry Only, who still tours under the MISFITS banner with a group of old-school punkers questionably trying to fill out the ranks:

"I just think it’s sad that Jerry doesn't have the confidence to call it 'THE JERRY ONLY BAND.' I did SAMHAIN, I did DANZIG, I never had to do that and I never would — it was something special."

On being a horror film buff:

"I'm happy that people are discovering Japanese horror; I've loved it for decades. It's really funny when people are like, 'Hey, have you seen 'The Ring'?' and I'm like, 'Yeah — 10 years ago!'"

"There are so many good horror movies, and I tell people a lot of it is based on real [life] and they're like, 'Oh — OK.' A lot of people don’t know 'The Hills Have Eyes' is based on a real story or that 'Psycho' was based on a real story. Some people don't even realize that there are actually crazy people out there waiting to kill you, they're so insulated."

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Danzig Add San Diego Date To Upcoming Tour

Glenn Danzig will hit the road beginning in late October for a handful of live concert dates on both the East and West coasts. Joining Glenn on these dates will be bassist Steve Zing (SAMHAIN) and guitarist Todd Youth (DANZIG, MURPHY'S LAW); former MISFITS axe man Doyle Von Frankenstein and his new band GORGEOUS FRANKENSTEIN, will support on all dates.

Glenn and Doyle have been in the studio recording Doyle's first solo album, "Gorgeous Frankenstein", which Danzig produced and will release on October 16 on his label, Evilive. According to Glenn, he and Doyle recorded "eight blood-curdling tracks" that include "Man or Monster", "Devilgirl", "Reverse of God", and "Made In Hell". The two played all instruments on the album.

These DANZIG dates are also in support of "The Lost Tracks of Danzig", the two-CD set that was released May 29, as well as Glenn's limited-edition book "Drukija, Contessa of Blood", loosely based on the legend of 17th century vampire Countess Elizabeth Bathory, and illustrated by long time collaborator Simon Bisley. More...

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Danzig Announces East Coast, West Coast Dates

Glenn Danzig will hit the road beginning in late October for a handful of live concert dates on both the East and West coasts. Joining Danzig on these dates will be bassist Steve Zing (Samhain) and guitarist Todd Youth (Danzig, Murphy's Law); former Misfits axe man Doyle Von Frankenstein and his new band Gorgeous Frankenstein, will support on all dates.

Glenn and Doyle have been in the studio recording Doyle's first solo album, "Gorgeous Frankenstein," which Danzig produced and will release on October 16 on his label, evilive. According to Glenn, he and Doyle recorded "eight blood-curdling tracks" that include "Man or Monster," "Devilgirl," "Reverse of God," and "Made In Hell." The two played all instruments on the album.

These Danzig tour dates are also in support of "The Lost Tracks of Danzig," the two-CD set that was released May 29, as well as Glenn's limited edition book "Drukija, Contessa of Blood," loosely based on the legend of 17th century vampire, Countess Elizabeth Bathory, and illustrated by long time collaborator Simon Bisley. "The Lost Tracks" is comprised of 26 previously unreleased tracks that span Danzig's entire career and were originally recorded during the band's seven-album "arc" that began with 1988's "Danzig."

Follows are the confirmed Danzig east and west coast dates. Other than these shows, Danzig has no plans to do any touring in the foreseeable future.

October 23 Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD
October 24 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
October 25 Palladium, Worcester, MA
October 27 Nokia Theatre, New York, NY
October 30 House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
October 31 Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
November 1 The Grove, Anaheim, CA
November 2 Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA

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Danzig Comments On "Lost Tracks," Music Industry

Glenn Danzig recently spoke to Miami New Times about "The Lost Tracks of Danzig", a two-CD set comprised of 26 previously unreleased tracks that span DANZIG's entire career. All of the tracks were recorded during the band's seven-album "arc" that began with 1988's "Danzig".

"'Lost Tracks' was a big undertaking, that's for sure," Danzig said. "I'm glad that these songs are finally out in the proper form, because a lot of fans have heard really bad Internet versions, or twentieth-generation cassette copies.

"There is a twelve-page booklet inside explaining the history of each lost track, what I think about the song, and why it didn't make it onto the original record," Danzig added. "The song 'Satan's Crucifiction', for example, is actually one of my favorite songs, and I love it. The double guitars, the vocals — it's a great song that didn't make it to the album. The main reason was that I wrote it as a joke to piss off the label [Def American]. They were like, 'Please don't do another satanic record, because MTV is playing you guys now, and the radio is playing you guys.' I wrote that song and we called the label guy, threatening him that the record was going to be all satanic. He flew down to the studio in a rage and we wouldn't let him listen to it, and he was all pissed off."

"White Devil Rise" comes from the same 1994 recording sessions as "Satan's Crucifiction", completed with famed producer Rick Rubin. Again, it's another song that could piss people off: It tells a tongue-in-cheek tale of an impending race war in response to a Louis Farrakhan speech. Its author isn't particularly worried about public reaction. "I couldn't give two fucks about everybody," Danzig scoffed. "The only thing that offends me is stupidity. Most of the world is pretty stupid.

"I am not offended being called a white devil," he continues. "In fact I like it." He snickered. "I still write and sing whatever the fuck I want, whenever I want, and how I want."

It's clear by the end of the album that Glenn Danzig is a man who has always followed his own agenda. "Nobody can tell me what to say or do. I don't care if my record is not the number one record. I don't fucking care," he said. "There's not much money in the record business anymore. I could make a jillion dollars doing a MISFITS reunion, but it's never going to happen. Whoever thinks I'm doing this for money can stick a red-hot poker up their ass."

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Danzig at the Big Top, Luna Park, Sydney Australia

Let me tell you a story. I have a friend - let's call him "Ben" - who had the opportunity to see Danzig live in Hamburg back in '92 or so. Due to an unfortunate fabric rip, Ben was witness to a view throughout the show of the contents of the great man's leather trousers. As an impressionable 16 year old, the damage to poor Ben's psyche was deep: to this day, he cannot listen to, read about or discuss the legendary Glenn Danzig without that particular image surfacing, unbidden, in his mind. He's a little bitter about it.

I am pleased to report to both readers of this site and to Ben that no wardrobe malfunctions tarnished Danzig's Sunday night performance at the Big Top in Luna Park, Sydney, although there were a couple of technical glitches with the microphones and other sound equipment. The three date tour was the legendary singer's first Australian shows in 13 years, and will probably be the last - it has been widely reported that Danzig does not intend to keep a regular touring schedule in the future, choosing instead to focus on his film and comic book projects. More...

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Misfits Release Initial Fiend Fest Tour Dates

Some initial dates have been released for the upcoming Fiend Fest 2006 tour featuring the MISFITS, THE ADICTS, OSAKA POPSTAR, U.K. SUBS, JUICEHEAD, and ORANGE:

October 13 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
October 14 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
October 18 - Agoura Hills, CA @ Canyon Club
October 20 - Scottsdale, AZ @ The Venue of Scottsdale
October 22 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
October 27 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
October 28 - Allentown, PA @ Allentown Fairgrounds
October 29 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
October 30 - Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues
October 31 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
November 2 - Toronto, ON @ Funhouse
November 3 - Montreal, QC @ The Olympic Theatre

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"A Life Less Lived - The Gothic Box" Details

Billboard.com reports that Rhino have rounded up the top names in goth rock (while only semi-relevant to metal, there are a few relevant bands involved) for the four-disc boxed set "A Life Less Lived -- The Gothic Box," due Sept. 19. Despite loathing the titular term that came to describe their music, bands like Joy Division, the Cure, Bauhaus and the Jesus & Mary Chain transcended labeling to revolutionize rock in the late '70s and early '80s.

Key tracks from those bands are featured on "A Life Less Lived," including opener "Dead Souls" by Joy Division and Bauhaus' "She's in Parties." Other acts represented throughout include the Sisters of Mercy, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Love And Rockets, the Mission (U.K.), the Chameleons, the Damned, Skinny Puppy and AFI.

The fourth disc in the box is a DVD with such evergreen videos as Bauhaus' "Bela Lugosi's Dead," the Cure's "Lullaby," Echo & the Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon," a live version of the Cult's "Spiritwalker" and Love And Rockets' "Ball of Confusion."

Here is the track list for "A Life Less Lived": More...

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Misfits Force Negative Approach DVD To Be Pulled

Motor City Rock'n'Roll, the people behind the recently released DVD from the legendary Negative Approach have had to pull the DVD from retail due to problems with some footage of the Misfits on the disc.

They had this to say:

"Motor City Rock 'N' Roll Video would like to apologize to Glenn Danzig and The Misfits for the use of footage of them performing with John Brannon on the Fair Warning DVD without obtaining prior written consent before its release."

"Use of this footage on the DVD was done only out of the greatest respect for Glenn and The Misfits in capturing one of the great moments in Motor City punk rock history."

A new version of the Fair Warning DVD will be available soon with The Misfits performance replaced by additional early Negative Approach footage.

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Hellfest 2005 Schedule Released

The entire schedule for Hellfest has finally been released. HELLFEST 2K5 takes place on August 19-21 at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. Tickets are available at hellfest.com or you can purchase tickets at the Sovereign Bank Arena box office or charge by phone at 1-888-SBA-TIXX or online at sovereignbankarena.com.

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Misfits Fall Tour Dates

The Misfits have announced dates for a fall tour, they are as follows:

August 12 - New York, NY @ CBGB
August 19 - Trenton, NJ @ Sovereign Bank Arena
August 22 - Beaumont, TX @ Fair Park
September 23 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
September 30 - Houston, TX @ Engine Room
October 3 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
October 4 - Casper, WY @ Eagles Lodge
October 6 - Boise, ID @ The Core
October 7 - Seattle, WA @ Fenix Underground
October 13 - San Diego, CA @ Canes
October 14 - Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theatre
October 15 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
October 16 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
October 23 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
October 27 - Farmingdale, NY @ The Downtown
October 29 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
October 30 - Englewood, NJ @ Bergen Performing Arts Center
October 31 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
November 4 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
November 5 - Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre
November 13 - Bedford, NH @ Mark's Showplace
November 19 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

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The Misfits and The Nutley Brass Collaborate

The two unlikely worlds of punk rock and the martini-sipping lounge scene have collided as the Misfits Meet the Nutley Brass on a hip, swinging collection entitled “Fiend Club Lounge." Officially endorsed by the Misfits and released via their Misfits Records label imprint, “Misfits Meet the Nutley Brass: Fiend Club Lounge” is a smooth ride through 11 Misfits classics, as performed by Sam Elwitt’s Nutley, N.J., bred Nutley Brass.

“If Grandpa Munster had a band as a teenager it would have sounded like the Misfits Meet the Nutley Brass!” said Misfits founding member Jerry Only. “Fun for monsters of all ages.”

Franché Coma, original guitarist for the Misfits, added: “‘The Misfits meet the Nutley Brass: Fiend Club Lounge’ is one of the best renditions of some of the best Misfits songs ever recorded. Any true, and I mean true, musician will appreciate the intricacies of the instrumentations on this CD. It takes punk music to a different level. It shows us how anything is possible if you want to make it happen.”

The lounge-core tribute to the legendary horror-punk band was envisioned by the project’s Producer, John Cafiero, who had been directing a Ramones DVD and was in touch with Elwitt for use of some of his music from "The Ramones Songbook as Played by the Nutley Brass." Cafiero had discovered the Nutley Brass back in 1995 and after contacting Elwitt about the Ramones DVD, the concept of "Fiend Club Lounge" began to develop.

“Even legendary composers of the genre like Gert Wilden, Esquivel and the Jaguar God himself, Les Baxter would be proud of these Misfits classics, served with a twist and scientifically proven to sooth your road rage,” said Cafiero.

“It’s supposed to be fun and funny,” Elwitt said. “It’s not supposed to replace or improve on Misfits recordings in any sense. It’s supposed to complement them. Think of it as just another way to enhance your overall Misfits experience.”

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The Misfits at Starland Ballroom

Friday, April 1st, the Misfits played the Starland Ballroom. The line-up consisted of Dez from Black Flag on guitar, Marky Ramone of the world famous Ramones on drums, and, of course, the AMAZING Jerry Only on bass! Besides playing many Misfits hits, the set also included, "Rise Up" from Black Flag and hits from the Ramones such as, "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "Sheena's a Punk Rocker". I STILL can't believe I was able to hear all these amazing songs! NEVER, would I have imagined to hear Misfits, Ramones, and a Black Flag song all in one night! Everyone went crazy for the three legends and if they EVER come to a town near you, CHECK IT OUT!!

Besides the amazing headliners, the openers weren't too bad either, Divinity Destroyed, an amazing Jersey band helped create some insanity with their own unique style of technical drums and innovative break downs.

One act that did disappoint though was, The Killing Machine, another local band that was basically a bunch of 40 year old body builders trying to pull off, what seemed to be, a bad cover of a cross between Godsmack, Alince in Chains, and Black Label Society.

Overall, the show was EXCELLENT, and, as stated before, I strongly recommend checking out the Misfits with the amazing Jerry Only, the world famous Marky Ramone, and the superb Dez from Black Flag.

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