Classic MISFITS lineup members Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein will reunite for first time since 1983 to headline this year’s Riot Fest.
The reunion, billed as “The Original Misfits,” will take place at the Riot Fest in Denver and Chicago. The first show is scheduled for September 2-4 at Denver’s Riot Fest And Rodeo, while the second will happen at Riot Fest And Carnival, set for September 16-18 in Chicago.
MISFITS mainman Jerry Only said in December 2014 interview that he would consider reuniting the band’s original lineup on condition that Glenn Danzig left all “that dark, that real black stuff” “at home” and focused on being a “positive influence” to MISFITS‘ fans.
The original MISFITS band broke up in 1983, and bassist Jerry Only brought forth a new version of the MISFITS in 1995. Various members have come and gone, but Only, along with BLACK FLAG‘s Dez Cadena, has kept some form of the MISFITS in the recording studio and on the road for most of the last two decades.
After the original MISFITS disbanded, vocalist Glenn Danzig went on to form SAMHAIN and then the eponymous DANZIG. Several albums of reissued and previously unreleased material were issued after the group’s dissolution, and their music became influential to punk rock, heavy metal, and alternative rock music of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Asked by Loudwire what his thoughts are about the possibility of an original MISFITS reunion, Jerry said: “The thing is, I have an obligation to our fans. A lot of our fans are young, and the thing is we’re a very positive organization. We may have a lot of scary shit, but we’re working out, we take care of mom, we’ve got jobs. It’s no bullshit. We work for what we’re doing.”
He continued” “If we bring Glenn back in and he’s going to bring to the table, I don’t want that.
“All the money in the world ain’t gonna make me sell out my fans.”
Jerry added: “What I feel is that I’d rather be where I am and be happy and be a positive influence than to be the richest man in the world and miserable and be a scumbag to the kids that follow us. I’m not doing that. I told Doyle that. I told him, ‘Hey, look, if Glenn wants to come be a team player and leave that shit at home, we’re good.’ That’s the name of the game.”
MISFITS will release a new EP, “Friday The 13th”, this Friday, May 13. It will contain “four new horror-punk anthems” written by Only. Glenn Danzig and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein are not believed to be involved in the effort.