Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only will play two gigs in Chicago and Denver during September
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.
It was recently announced that 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.
“We were never not friends,” Jerry Only told Rolling Stone. “We were just adversaries. [Basketball player] Larry Bird might not have liked Michael Jordan on the court, but when they go out to a bar they’re cool.”
Only also discussed previous legal action between the band’s original members and how it opened dialogue for the reunion. 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.
“We went in there wanting to cut each other’s throats,” Only said. “It was turning into another court battle and it turned into a reunion. We walked out the door knowing we were going to play together. It’s a very cool thing.”
In 2015, Danzig hinted at a reunion by donning the band’s famous skull make-up for the first time in 35 years.
“The man has vision,” Only continued of Danzig. “Where we go from here, let’s make sure we get along first. ‘Cause we’re doing well both on our own. If we do it and it don’t work, fuck it – we did it, man. But that’s not the case. … I think we’re going to get out there and back it up. And we’re going to be the best band ever. That’s my guess. It’s going to be fun.”
But Only added that the pair are not yet thinking about the long-term future of the reunion.
“If we make it to the second show, I’m a happy fucking guy,” he claimed. “I’ll guarantee you I’m keeping to myself, I’m going to do my job, I’m going to work out every day, I’m going to play. Glenn likes my manager, John [Cafiero], so if I keep John right there in the middle and make sure that me and Glenn both get what we want, then there’s absolutely no problem. When you put two tigers in the cage, it’s an issue. It took me 39 years to realise that.”