Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only set to reunite for first time in three decades
It was announced last week that original frontman Danzig will rejoin the group for the first time in three decades.
The Misfits was formed in 1977 by founding singer Danzig and bassist Jerry Only. When the band split in 1983, Danzig embarked on a successful solo career. Only later reformed the group without Danzig in 1995, taking on lead vocal duties from 2001.
Danzig and Only will reunite, along with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (who originally served in the band from 1980–1983 and then again between 1995–2001).
Billing themselves as ‘The Original Misfits’, the reformed group will play Riot Fest & Rodeo in Denver from September 2-4 and then Riot Fest & Carnival in Chicago from September 16-18. No other live dates have been announced.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Danzig explained how the deaths of Bowie and Prince partly influenced his decision.
“It’s been a shock to see so many musicians dying this year,” he said. “A lot of them weren’t really that old. David Bowie’s death came out of the blue, as did Prince’s. And I’ve said it before with [Type O Negative singer] Peter Steele and Dio: If you’re a music fan, you think these artists will be here forever, but you should enjoy them while they’re here, because you never know what will happen. You’ve got to enjoy it and let it happen before everybody dies.”
“I don’t think people should question [the reunion] too much,” Danzig added. “It may have never happened, but it is going to happen for at least two shows. We’ll see how it goes. It may lead to some other work, but who knows how it’s going to turn out? I mean, I don’t think it’s going to be a disaster; I think it’s going to be incredible.”
He continued: “I just want you to be surprised. I think it’s better that way, especially in this whole Internet age. I hate that shit.”
Bandmate Jerry Only went on to say: “From the day we started this band, I think we were so far ahead of the game that people couldn’t comprehend what we were doing. It’s like the artist who died and a hundred years later everybody says how wonderful it is. We’re having a second life now.”
Only also recently explained that a lawsuit between the band’s original members helped them reform. In 2014, Danzig lost a lawsuit against his former Misfits bandmates over royalties from lucrative Misfits-branded merchandise, which he claimed he was entitled to.