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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."
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...
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
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 Â— 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."
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...
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
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...
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.
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.
The complete schedule follows, including stages, times and bands playing: More...
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
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.”
The track listing for “Fiend Club Lounge” is: More...
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.
MISFITS have issued the following update regarding the departure of former RAMONES drummer Marky Ramone:
"As most of you know, Marky Ramone (of the world-famous RAMONES) has been sitting in on drums as a 'special guest' with the MISFITS on tour for the past few years. Marky's final shows behind the kit with the MISFITS will take place from April 1st in Sayerville, NJ at the Starland Ballroom up to and including the show on April 30th in Baltimore, MD. Marky's departure from touring with the MISFITS is an amicable one and we wish him the best of luck.
"What's next for the MISFITS...? Plans have already been in the works for some changes to come. We can't say much more until things are officially confirmed but look for announcements coming soon regarding the upcoming summer tour in Europe and more...stay tuned Fiends!"
Slayer, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir and Suicidal Tendencies are among the latest confirmations for the 2005 edition of the Fury Fest, set to take place June 24-26 in Le Mans, France. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...
Glenn Danzig and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein will indeed be on stage together making Misfits music on three of the East Coast tour dates. On Monday, February 28 at the Roxy Theatre in Boston, Wednesday, March 1 at the Spirit Performance Center in New York, and Thursday, March 2 at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Doyle will join his former Misfits bandmate Glenn Danzig for a special 30-minute set of Misfits classics. Two west coast cities witnessed a Glenn and Doyle reunion late last year, marking the first time the two had shared a stage in some 20 years.
Danzig's U.S. tour, which features Kataklysm, Trivium, and Eyes of Fire on various dates, kicked off last week, and is in support of the band's latest album, "Circle of Snakes." In addition, Danzig has completed "Black Aria II," the follow up to 1993's "Black Aria" which reached the #1 position on Billboard's Classical chart, and is in the process of writing the screenplay for a film adaptation of "Gerouge," one of the comic book titles distributed by his Verotik publishing company.
Remaining Danzig tour dates are as follows: More...
Denmark's futuristic metallers Mnemic will head on their first trip to Japan in March. They will be part of a three day festival/convention called "Independence-D", set to take place March 11-13 at Studio Coast Shinkiba in Tokyo, Japan.
Also appearing on the bill are The Dillinger Escape Plan, Heaven Shall Burn, Loudness, Misfits, Visions of Atlantis among others.
Japan's 1st annual Independence D Festival, a 3 day event set to take place at Studio Coast Shinkiba in Tokyo. Is kicking off from March 11th through the 13th, a host of artists from all over the world will be taking part in this prestigious event. Lineup's for the festival are below:
Day 2 - March 12
BOWLING FOR SOUP
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN
THE RED CHORD
BRUCE LEE BAND
BURY YOUR DEAD
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW
NOT BY CHOICE
Day 3 - March 13
EDGE OF SPIRIT
THE KILLER BARBIES
THINE EYES BLEED
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS
WHEEL OF DOOM
More acts are set to be announced daily!
DANZIG will be embarking on a month-long North American tour beginning in late February. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Feb. 18 - St. Louis, MO @ Pop's
Feb. 19 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
Feb. 21 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
Feb. 22 - Minneapolis, MN @ 1st Avbenue
Feb. 24 - Toronto, ONT @ Guvernment
Feb. 25 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
As previously reported, DANZIG and DOYLE (featuring ex-MISFITS guitarist Doyle) will be teaming up for three shows at the end of this month. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Dec. 28 ? Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint (Hard Rock Casino) (sold out)
Dec. 29 ? Hollywood, CA @ Key Club (sold out)
Dec. 30 ? Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern Theatre
Glenn Danzig and Doyle are expected to perform a special MISFITS set at the shows, which will mark their first joint appearance in 20 years. "It's the closest thing to a MISFITS reunion anyone is ever going to see!" Danzig had previously said.