February 23, 2005

Danzig, Frankenstein, and Classical Music?

Glenn Danzig was one of the founding members of The Misfits somewhere in the vicinity of thirty ago. After having success forging horror movie inflected punk with his bandmates, he split from the band and embarked on a new career, creating darker music and taking control of his musical destiny. Everyone figured that would signal the end of The Misfits.

The Misfits would resurface later on with a new lineup, including long time guitar player Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein and founding member, and bassist, Jerry Only returned with a new singer, Michele Graves for a few albums in the 1990's. Since then they have split again.
Now we have news of a special three date Misfits reunion of sorts. Glenn Danzig will be taking the stage with Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein for a special thirty minute set of classic Misfits tracks. This, in combination with a pair of West Coast dates late last year, mark the first time in twenty years that this pair have performed together.

This is huge for Misfits fans and Danzig fans alike. I personally will not be able to attend any of these events, but would have loved to see them. I was late coming to the party. Discovering Danzig as a solo artist after the release of his fourth album, since then I have gotten each of his albums, plus discovered some of the older Misfits material. He has a unique style, equal parts Morrison and Presley, singing over punk or gothic rock, it doesn't matter, it's electric.

I must admit, that my first experience with The Misfits, was with the Graves era. Which I think has produced a few fine albums, but there is nothing like Danzig's voice.

On a side note, Danzig flexed his compositional muscles creating the album "Black Aria," which was a number 1 chart topping classical album released a dozen years ago. The hunger has come once again and he has crafted a sequel to that album, "Black Aria II," which is due out this year.

I urge any of you who are able to partake in these shows, please go and report back to me your experience. The shows are:
February 28 at the Roxy Theatre in Boston
March 1 at the Spirit Performance Center in New York
March 2 at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia

You Fiends have your mission, off with you.


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