After reading that headline, we expect you just checked a calendar, and no, today isn’t April Fools Day: This is real. Vocalist Glenn Danzig and bassist Jerry Only, two of the founding members of New Jersey horror-punks the Misfits, have settled their differences and will come together this September to play two shows at Riot Fest’s Denver and Chicago iterations (September 2-4 and September 16-18, respectively).
Joining them will be guitarist (and Only’s brother) Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, who played in the Misfits from 1980 to 1983, and then again from 1995 to 2001. Together, the trio are billed by Riot Fest as “The Original Misfits.” These shows will be the first time these three musicians have shared the stage together in nearly 33 years, as the original Misfits’ last show was October 29, 1983 in Detroit.
It is nearly impossible to downplay the influence of the Misfits, on both the punk and metal communities as well as rock ’n’ roll and horror culture as a whole. Their songs have been covered by everyone from Guns N’ Roses to Blink-182 to Metallica to Green Day to My Chemical Romance, and their “crimson ghost” logo is one of the most instantly recognizable in all of pop culture.
In the ’90s, Danzig, Only and Doyle were involved in a series of lawsuits over songwriting credits and rights to the Misfits name and logo, with all parties eventually settling out of court. Danzig later sued Only again in 2014, again over use of the Misfits name and logo in terms of licensing; the lawsuit was later thrown out.
While this will be Danzig’s first performance with Only in more than 30 years (he and Doyle have toured together as recently as 2013), the Misfits have continued to exist without him at the microphone, first with Michale Graves as lead singer from 1995 to 2000, then with Only himself singing from 2001 to present.
The Original Misfits are the only band publicly announced for Riot Fest thus far, though Substream can independently confirm that Motion City Soundtrack, the Anniversary and Violent Soho will also be performing at Riot Fest Chicago. Other acts heavily rumored for Riot Fest include Tool, the Specials, Slayer and the Hold Steady. The full lineup for both Riot Fests is expected to be released on May 18. Tickets are available now for Riot Fest Denver and Riot Fest Chicago.