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RUN FOR YOUR LIFE: Rock Legend Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein Speaks!

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE: Rock Legend Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein Speaks!

Lodi, a small borough of Bergen County, New Jersey, is just over two square miles. There’s not much to suggest the small village would be the birthplace of a world famous, blood-soaked form of music known as horror punk. Legendary acts The Misfits, Samhain and Danzig have origins in Lodi, and something monstrous indeed lurks there. Enter Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein!

Doyle’s first band, the infamous Glenn Danzig-fronted Misfits, helped create the genre of speed/thrash metal with their last album, 1983’s “Earth AD/Wolf’s Blood.” The poster child and originator of the genre spent the past few years unleashing an evil noise on an unsuspecting world: Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein’s first release, “Abominator,” and its follow-up, “As We Die,” by his eponymous band, Doyle. Released on Doyle’s label, Monsterman Records, “Abominator” and “DOYLE II: As We Die” are sonically thick and lyrically evil slabs of metal that find Doyle expanding in a logical progression upon the genre of music he helped create. These albums are not some punk guitarist gone metal – it’s the roaring return of one of extreme metal’s original architects to his blood-splattered drawing board.

Coming from a legendary band of almost mythological proportions, and having first worked with one of the most talented and respected vocalists of the century, Doyle’s new project needed a singer with brass balls, cast-iron pipes, a suitably twisted mind, and his own vocal delivery style. Enter Alabama’s Alex Story of Cancerslug, a Southern fiend who’s sand-blasted scream opens the record. The evil doesn’t relent until the ending growl of “Hope Hell Is Warm,” the album’s defiant closer. The man can scream and sing, and employs both styles to great effect, switching seamlessly from raw-throated roars to rough-edged, yet melodic, clean vocals. Alex’s live performances are unforgettable, disturbing and strangely addictive – a perfect complement to the already mammoth stage presence of Doyle. The unmistakable sound of Doyle’s signature Annihilator guitar cuts through every tune like a sonic fingerprint. The Annihilator’s tone is sharp as a butcher’s knife in the wrong hands and just as nasty – fans of the Misfits will recognize it right away. These albums serve as an unrelenting ride into the darkest corners of your mind. Take heed! These mad men with a sinister sound are on the loose, roaming the streets and headed to a town near you!

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with legendary Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein as he crisscrosses the nation on his As We Die World Abomination Tour 2018. In the interview, Doyle offers an inside look at his life on and off-stage, the challenges he faced along the way and what lies in store for him in 2019.

Back in the day: Glenn Danzig and Doyle

The music you’ve been a part of creating played a big role in many people’s lives. How did music first come into your life?

My mom was a ‘50s kid. She had all the 45s like Dion and The Belmonts, Elvis, The Ronettes, ‘50s and ‘60s Motown, rock ‘n’ roll and all that shit. When we were kids, we listened to it. Then we started buying our own stuff like David Bowie, Alice Cooper, KISS, Aerosmith, Queen and all kinds of crazy shit. I just got deeper into it from there and have always been listening to music.

Eventually you went from music fan to musician. What made you pick up the guitar?

My brother bought me a guitar for my eighth grade graduation. Glenn Danzig showed me two bar chords and Jerry showed me the two notes on the low strings. That’s pretty much all I still know!

You mentioned your brother, Jerry Only. Was it always brotherly love or more of a sibling rivalry?

Back then it was more of a brotherly love thing, but now it’s not. Now there’s issues for some reason.

You started playing professional at 16 years old. When did you come into your own as a performer?

I don’t know, man. I guess pretty much from the beginning.

Fair enough. I know you don’t want to focus too much on your past with The Misfits. However, I want to ask about the staying power of the band’s music. What is it about the band’s music that continues to resonate generation to generation?

Great songs, great singer, great imagery and great performances. That’s what a band is. It’s not about arpeggios, G-clefs and sweeps or sitting in your room being a technical guitar nerd. It’s about great songs! That’s what I tell everybody who asks me if I have any advice for bands starting out — “Yeah, learn how to write and arrange great songs. Get a great fuckin’ singer, a great look, perform great and have a great fuckin’ name!”

They call it the music business for a reason. What are some lessons you learned early on that impacted your career?

Trust no one!

So true, man! So true! You launched your own label, Monsterman Records, a few years back. What inspired that move?

I record the albums myself with all of the equipment I had bought and now I’m sponsored by those companies because I told them I used them and now they give me the stuff for free. Tascam, for example, is pretty awesome. I record them at home instead of paying the money, which is like $1,000 per hour, for a studio. Doing it this way, it’s only like $50 electric each month at your house! [laughs] Ya know, what are ya going to do? We figured if we put it out ourselves, we could keep all the money. We might take this third one to a label, maybe Nuclear Blast or Century Media. We’ll see who wants it!

A lot of times people end up with an album in their hands and don’t put much thought or value on how it got there. What does it take a project like yours to stay on the rails and move forward in this day and age?

The industry has changed as to how everyone has a computer in their hand and they want instant gratification. These people have grown up illegally downloading music and it’s totally destroying the whole business for the musicians. Ya know, it takes a lot to write a song. These people want more songs, but they are not paying for them, so how do we pay for them? I had one guy complain to me because I wouldn’t take a picture with him outside in the middle of winter after I had just got off stage from a show. I had no shirt on and was trying to get to the bus. Somehow, I’m a scumbag because he paid $20 for my record. I said, “Do you know how much my copy of that record cost me? I still haven’t made any money on it. Go fuck yourself!” I mean, I’m supposed to get sick, so I can’t perform for the next group of people? If I take a picture, 10 more people will walk up and want a fucking picture. Use your fucking head, ya know. That’s why we do meet-and-greets because everyone is illegally downloading music. Then they complain about the meet-and-greet. People these days want everything for fucking free. They don’t understand the cost to the artist. It’s like Spotify jerkin’ us off for fractions of a penny per play! Go fuck yourself, man! If you can’t give us a dollar per fucking song, then you shouldn’t have it. They should police the internet so that if you illegally download a song, it’s a $10,000 fine. I mean, if you had a motorcycle factory and I came in and took one, what would that be? It would be a crime. This is our fucking product. I had someone say the other day, “Why don’t you pay back the fans a little bit and post pictures of the band? The fans are what made you.” I’m like, “No. Wrong. My art and what I did is what made the fans.”

With that said, what is the best way for us as fans to support you and keep this project moving forward?

Stop illegally downloading everybody’s music. Pay for it. I pay for everything. All of my friends’ records, I buy. You don’t think I can get a pile of Arch Enemy records for free? [laughs] I go to the store and I buy it! I mean fuck! If you want more, pay for it!

How do the meet-and-greets factor in?

The meet-and-greets feed us on the road. It gives us enough money to feed everybody on the bus. Everybody who comes to the show, especially in The States, and they film it … people just sit in their house because they are too lazy to come out and they would rather just look at it on their phone, so nobody comes to the show. That’s why when we did those Misfits shows, there were no phones allowed. It was great because if everybody was filming it, nobody would go to those shows. Know what I mean?

Alex Story and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein

You are currently out on the road on the As We Die World Abomination Tour. Having seen you play live in the past, I know you guys bring it every night. Alex Story is a tremendous front man. How did the two of you initially cross paths?

I just put ads out. My friend Blasko did the same for me. He didn’t tell me he was doing it, he just did it. He sent me the CD that he thought was the best, which was Alex. It’s funny because the one that I thought was the best was Alex’s too! [laughs] Then I called him up. His CD was the only one where I sat there and listened to the whole thing. Usually, I would listen to it until the singer starts and then throw it in the garbage. There were a few famous people who sent shit and their shit went right in the garbage. It’s not that they sucked, it just wasn’t what I was looking for. I listened to the whole thing and every song was great. His voice is just great, and I could listen to it all day! He is a master writer. I just write musical compositions, arrange them and send them to him. I’ll write gyp sheet like, “This is the intro, don’t sing. This is the riff, don’t sing. This is the verse … This, that, whatever.” At the end I write, “Just do whatever you want!” If he wants to sing on the riff, he can sing on the riff. From there, he comes up with all the words and melodies. It comes back to me and I’m like, “Wow! This is fuckin’ great!”

What were the biggest challenges bringing your last two albums to the masses?

Promotion. I would say maybe 5% of Misfits fans even know I have a band. I don’t have the money to advertise as much as a major label would but even the major labels don’t do that much anymore. They make product and distribute it. If you are lucky, they will give you money for a tour but that really doesn’t happen anymore.

You have two albums out now that are pretty fresh. Are you currently working on new material?

Any time I’m not doing a show, I’m playing guitar and trying to write something. What’s the sense of me playing the songs off the other records? Nothing, ya know what I mean? We’ve got at least 10 solid musical compositions and three songs that are finished. We might start doing singles. Maybe do a single a month until we get about 10 and then drop two or three more and then have a whole album and put it out. Maybe make vinyl 7″ inchers with artwork and different colors. Shit like that, ya know?

Yeah, that sounds great. It’s refreshing to see someone who’s been at it as long as you have keeping things fresh. Once you get into your loop on social media, you keep things really entertaining. Kudos to you on that.

Oh cool, thanks! I try to make it funny, ya know. I want to laugh. I also like pissing people off by posting vegan things without saying anything and watching them go fucking mental! [laughs]

Tell us about you becoming vegan and the impact it’s had on you.

Alissa White-Gluz. I was dating her, and it was early in our relationship when we were in New York City scrambling around to get her back to a plane. She had to go somewhere, it was freezing out and we were starving. She said to me, “If we can’t find me something to eat, we can at least find you something to eat.” I said, “Fuck that! I will never eat something in front of you that wigs you out.” I never did! Every time we went to a restaurant, it was always a vegan restaurant and I didn’t know what anything was! I would read it and be like, “I don’t even know what the fuck I’m reading!” She would order something and every time I would take a bite, I would slowly look up at her and go, “Holy shit! This is so good!” So, I got hooked on it with the food. Then she explained to me the agricultural debacle we are dealing with and how it impacts the environment, the cancer and all the other shit that eating meat is doing to this world. We are using all the food to feed these things and they are shitting all over the place … It’s a total fuck show, man! She showed me some films on how the animals are treated. To me, being vegan is a no-brainer. If you are enlightened on what the fuck is actually happening, it makes so much sense. It’s always the guilty people who feel guilty and say, “Oh, don’t tell me what to do.” You don’t even put a caption on the picture and they say, “Don’t tell me what to do … ” or they are so brilliant and they write, “Bacon, mmmmm.” I love blocking people, man. I think my last post like that lost me 500 followers. [laughs] I have to sit there and block them but at least they’re gone! [laughs]

You put out a vegan hot sauce called Made In Hell. Knowing I would be talking with you, I picked up a bottle. This stuff is killer. We incorporated it into our entry for our annual Chili Cook Off. We won!

How good is that fuckin’ sauce, man? That’s great! [laughs] I had wanted to do that for a long time. I wanted to do it with this one guy, but he would never send the recipe to the guy who wanted to fund it. Months went by and months went by and, finally, the guy was like, “I found another person.” I said, “Alright, I’m sick of people in my life not doing what they say they’re going to do and waiting for them.” So, I went with this guy. He came down and had a couple samples for me. I said, “OK, I want to add this, this and this into this. Send me that and let’s try it.” That’s what we’re using right now!

That’s cool. This sauce is what put us over the edge. It’s got great heat and flavor.

Yeah, I love it, man. I give cases of it to my girlfriend’s mom because she cooks like crazy and she loves it. It’s a win-win! [laughs]

Your Abominator guitar became iconic over the years. Tell us about the original design and are there plans to bring replicas to the market?

You know when your mom covers your school books in a paper bag when you are a kid? Well, I had one of those and I drew this guitar on there. I was leaving high school and I remember looking at it and thinking, “I’m going to save this. This is fuckin’ cool.” So, I saved it and eventually I started fuckin’ around making guitars with one of my friends at my machine shop. I was playing a Paul Stanley Iceman at the time. I laid the Paul Stanley on the ground and held the picture up to eyeball it and it was to scale. It was perfect! I was like, “Holy shit! I drew this thing freehand at about 4″ long and it’s exactly how it’s supposed to be.” I made it and everything about it is great. It looks like you can’t sit down and play it but, in reality, it’s the most comfortable guitar you will ever sit down and play with. It just fits perfect. I have a company making one right now — a pretty big, major company. I’m going to text them on Monday after the holiday to see where the fuck we are with that prototype!

You are driven when it comes to your endeavors. Was that attribute something you developed over the years or something instilled in you at an early age?

Well, growing up, I started working at my dad’s shop when I was about 6 years old. He was a working machine! He makes me look like a fuckin’ pussy! [laughs] Work, work, work, work, work all the time. It’s all about hard work and that’s where I learned that from.

What lesson can we take from your journey as an artist?

God, I don’t know. I guess … Just dare to be great, man. I’m a perfectionist, ya know. When I’m doing something, I have to make it perfect. For example, when I’m mixing a record, I will mix it for a year! [laughs] That’s what happened with the last one. I just kept mixing and thinking, “This is not it. This is not it.” I think it comes down to giving it all you’ve got, all the time. Right now, we just landed at the next venue. I’m going to do my sit-ups. I’m going to go in there and work out. Then I’m going to do soundcheck, put the clown suit on and fuck these people up! I mean, my day is planned out to the second. It’s go, go, go, go! You can’t just sit around and do nothing and expect something great to happen.

What can we expect to see from Doyle in 2019?

We’re working on festivals from Europe, some of the bigger ones. Hopefully, we get some of those. We’re also looking into Japan and South America. Hopefully, with Japan, that would include Australia and all of those areas. We would love to do that, plus Latin America and Mexico. We’re also trying to get our singer pardoned so he can go to Canada because those shows are off the hook as well. I think we are done with the United States for a while. This tour was almost too many venues and we’ve cut a lot of them out as we go because we don’t even fit on the fucking stage. We want to play better venues or open for somebody huge, ya know what I mean. We will probably start on DOYLE III as well. We will probably start on that and I’m thinking we will drop a couple of singles. I don’t know, we will see!

That’s great to hear! Thanks for your time today, Doyle. I’m looking forward to everything you have coming our way and we will be out here spreading the word!

Thank you, man. Bye-bye.

For all the latest news, tour dates and merch, visit Doyle’s official website at www.officialdoyle.com. Follow the continuing adventures of Doyle on social media via FacebookInstagram, Twitter and YouTube

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Punk Rock Extravaganza, ‘Dr. Demento Covered In Punk,’ To Be Unleashed On January 12, 2018!

Punk Rock Extravaganza, ‘Dr. Demento Covered In Punk,’ To Be Unleashed On January 12, 2018!

Demented Punk today announced its inaugural release, DR. DEMENTO COVERED IN PUNK, a special two-hour demented punk extravaganza featuring an eclectic mix of artists from the world of classic and contemporary punk/indie/alt-rock, along with special guest stars from film, TV and more.  This audio oddity is a modern-day homage to radio icon Dr. Demento, a world-renowned institution who has championed novelty music and its creators since the 1970s, will be released on January 12, 2018 by both physical and digital retailers.

“I’ve been a fan of Dr. Demento nearly my entire life,” said album producer and participant, John Cafiero. “The Doc’s show has introduced audiences to counter culture and an eclectic talent pool of humor-infused music for nearly five decades; creating a musical movement that echoes the spirit of punk with its own unique voice.  There are no airs, and everyone’s welcome. If you didn’t fit in- you fit in.”

Dr. Demento Covered In Punk features over thirty different, never before released, all-new ‘punk’ cover versions of ‘mad music and crazy comedy’ songs famously heard on the airwaves of the legendary “Dr Demento Show”- intermixed with ‘wild card’ tracks showcasing some incredible, newly ‘demented’ versions of punk-rock classics!  Joined by everyone from the Misfits, Joan Jett, Fred Schneider of the B52s, to “Weird Al” Yankovic, the late Adam “Batman” West (in one of his final performances), and Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner-(to name just a few).  The Doctor is in…and he’s ‘Covered in Punk’!!  A full track listing can be found below.

“I produced the album and curated the artist roster as if it was a musical art exhibition, or directing a feature film, and packaged it in the form of a traditional radio show hosted by Dr. D. himself.  For some this might be an introduction to the lost art of the traditional radio format, and for others, a welcome return,” adds Cafiero.  “The artists here range from classic to contemporary, from icons and legends, to fresh voices from the underground-but I don’t think any of them are doing what you might expect of them here! It’s really a celebration of the bizarre, and I can’t wait to unleash it on to the world.”

“When John Cafiero first proposed this project several years ago I was a little puzzled at first, but when he began naming the artists and songs he’d lined up for the project I was totally sold,” said Dr. Demento.  “What started out as a single CD soon grew into a double (and a triple for vinyl), and I hope you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed helping John put this together.”

Dr. Demento Covered In Punk includes an in-depth booklet with equally entertaining liner notes and personal quotes from the participating artists, a foreword by album producer and Demented Punk founder John Cafiero (Misfits, Ramones, Osaka Popstar), an afterword by Dr. Demento, as well as factoids, photos and an array of dynamic paintings and illustrations created exclusively for the project by a team of visual artists spanning the world of comic books, classic punk rock album covers, Topps trading card series, Mad Magazine and more.  The cover artwork for the album was created by iconic illustrator Drew Friedman whose work has appeared in countless publications from Entertainment Weekly and Time Magazine to Rolling Stone and the New Republic and just about everything in between.

Dr. Demento Covered In Punk will be released in the following configurations:

  1. A 3LP colored vinyl triple-gatefold package with 20-page booklet.

LP1:  Solid ‘Gunk’ Green

LP2:  Solid ‘Punk’ Pink

LP3:  Solid ‘Demented’ Yellow

 

  1. A 2CD Set with 48-page booklet

 

  1. A limited edition 3LP triple gatefold package with variant vinyl splatter and 20-page booklet.

LP1:  ‘Gunk’ Green & Black Splatter on Clear Vinyl

LP2:  ‘Punk’ Pink & Black Splatter on Clear Vinyl

LP3:  ‘Demented’ Yellow & Black Splatter on Clear Vinyl

This online exclusive is limited to 500 copies worldwide and can be ordered HERE.

 

  1. A Digital Download with 42-Page digital booklet.

Fans who preorder the physical album HERE or the digital version at iTunes will receive their first taste of “demented punk” via an instant grat track by legendary actor William Shatner covering punk classic “Garbageman” by The Cramps.   Preview the track and original artwork for the song by Stephen Blickenstaf below. Blickenstaff was the artist for The Cramps infamous album Bad music for bad people which featured the original version of the song.

Wind up your radio dementites and dementoids-the doctor is in!

DEMENTO COVERED IN PUNK TRACK LIST

HOUR ONE:

1.) Dr. Demento Opening Theme (Pico & Sepulveda)

Artist: Osaka Popstar’s Demented Punk Orchestra with the Roto Rooter Goodtime Christmas Band

 

2.) Demento Segment I

Artist: Dr. Demento and Osaka Popstar

 

3.) Fish Heads

Artist: Osaka Popstar

 

4.) Demento Segment II

Artist: Dr. Demento and Barnes & Barnes

 

5.) Garbageman

Artist: William Shatner

 

6.) Shaving Cream (Punk Lyrics)

Artist: “Uncle Floyd” Vivino & Oogie

 

7.) Demento Segment III

Artist: Dr. Demento

 

8.) Fluffy

Artist: Fred Schneider

 

9.) Demento Segment IV

Artist: Dr. Demento & Gloria Balsam

 

10.) Dead Puppies

Artist: James Kochalka Superstar

 

11.) Demento Segment V 0

Artist: Dr. Demento

 

12.) Surfin’ Bird

Artist: Nobunny

 

13.) Rat Fink

Artist: Balzac

 

14.) Demento Segment VI

Artist: Dr. Demento

 

15.) I Like

Artist: Colleen Green

 

16.) Demento Segment VII

Artist: Dr. Demento

 

17.) Creature With The Atom Brain

Artist: Quintron & Miss Pussycat

 

18.) I Love Beans

Artist: The Meatmen

 

19.) It’s A Gas

Artist: Los Straitjackets

 

20.) Demento Segment VIII

Artist: Dr. Demento

 

21.) Brak Takeover

Artist: Brak & Dr. Demento

 

22.) Institutionalized

Artist: Brak

 

23.) Demento Segment IX

Artist: Brak, Dr. Demento & Oglethorpe

 

24.) Eat It

Artist: Shonen Knife

 

25.) Batman Theme

Artist: The Hamburglars

 

26.) The Thing

Artist: Adam West

 

27.) Adam West ID

Artist: Adam West

 

28.) Science Fiction/Double Feature

Artist: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

 

29.) Demento Segment X

Artist: Dr. Demento

 

30.) Gloria Balsam Closing ID

Artist: Gloria Balsam

 

HOUR TWO:

1.) Dr. Demento Covered In Punk Theme

Artist: Osaka Popstar

 

2.) Demento Segment XI

Artist: Dr. Demento

 

3.) National Brotherhood Week

Artist: The Vandals

 

4.) Demento Segment XII

Artist: Dr. Demento & Tom Lehrer

 

5.) Mah Na Mah Na

Artist: The Kipper Kids

 

6.) Demento Segment XIII

Artist: Dr. Demento

 

7.) Those Two Dreadful Children

Artist: Rasputina

 

8.) Suicide Is Painless (Theme from M*A*S*H)

Artist: JuiceheaD

 

9.) Demento Segment XIV

Artist: Dr. Demento & Moon Unit Zappa

 

10.) Disco Boy

Artist: Missing Persons

 

11.) Telephone Man

Artist: Quintron & Miss Pussycat

 

12.) Demento Segment XV

Artist: Dr. Demento

 

13.) Punk Rock Girl

Artist: Philly Boy Roy

 

14.) Lydia, The Tattooed Lady

Artist: The Dead Milkmen

 

15.) Demento Segment XVI

Artist: Dr. Demento

 

16.) Me And My Vibrator

Artist: Caroline & The Treats

 

17.) Monster

Artist: Nobunny

 

18.) Demento Segment XVII

Artist: Dr. Demento & MC Pee Pants

 

19.) My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama

Artist: The Meatmen

 

20.) Demento Segment XVIII

Artist: Dr. Demento & Bobby “Boris” Pickett

 

21.) Monster Mash

Artist: The Kids of Widney High

 

22.) Elvira Mistress of the Dark (Intro)

Artist: Elvira Mistress of the Dark

 

23.) The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati

Artist: The Misfits

 

24.) Demento Segment XIX

Artist: Dr. Demento

 

25.) Pico & Sepulveda

Artist: Osaka Popstar

 

26.) Demento Segment XX

Artist: Dr. Demento & “Weird Al” Yankovic

 

27.) Beat On The Brat

Artist: “Weird Al” Yankovic

 

28.) Shaving Cream (Reprise, Traditional Lyrics)

Artist: “Uncle Floyd” Vivino & Oogie

 

29.) Demento Segment XXI

Artist: Dr. Demento and Uncle Floyd & Oogie

 

30.) Dr. Demento Show Outro

Artist: Dr. Demento with “Uncle Floyd” Vivino

 

31.) Cheerio, Cherry Lips, Cheerio

Artist: “Uncle Floyd” Vivino

 

32.) Dr. Demento Covered In Punk Theme (Reprise)

Artist: Osaka Popstar

 

33.) Dr. Demento Theme (Reprise) (Pico & Sepulveda)

Artist: Osaka Popstar’s Demented Punk Orchestra with the Roto Rooter Goodtime Christmas Band

 

34.) Brak Closing Message

Artist: Brak

 

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About Dr. Demento

The Dr. Demento Show has been celebrating ‘mad music and crazy comedy’ on the airwaves playing everything from Spike Jones to Frank Zappa for nearly five decades. Responsible for introducing the world to its #1 most requested song of all time, “Fish Heads”, and launching the career of the most successful artist in the entire history of funny music-“Weird Al” Yankovic; the world-famous Doctor’s influence on pop culture has earned him induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame, a documentary feature film on his life and career currently in production, and even an appearance on The Simpsons.

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THE MISFITS: The Legendary Danzig, Only, Doyle To Reunite For Riot Fest

THE MISFITS: The Legendary Danzig, Only, Doyle To Reunite For Riot Fest

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Hell may be in the process of freezing over! They said it could never happen but this September, Original Singer/Songwriter Glenn Danzig, Original Bassist Jerry Only and long-time Guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein – for the “First Time in Over 30-Years” – will be stepping onto stage together as “The Original MISFITS” to headline Riot Fest & Rodeo in Denver, CO (September 2-4, 2016) and Riot Fest & Carnival in Chicago, IL (September 16-18, 2016).

From the time of their first gig in 1977, the MISFITS and their iconic imagery went on to become one of the most crucially influential, genre-defying bands to ever emerge from North America, the MISFITS significance extends well beyond the narrowed path of punk rock & hardcore. Although not cognizant of how significant they would become, what the MISFITS achieved in their initial six-year window deconstructed and redefined rock music.

All the while, the MISFITS with Danzig’s unmistakeable voice, Only’s ferocious bass sound and the bands anthemic songs, melody-induced choruses and authentically bruising musicianship, cemented their importance with all ensuing generations, whether in arena-filled metal shows or in a sweaty 400-cap club in Tucson. And for the ‘First Time in over Three Decades’, legions of diehard fans from around the world will have the opportunity to hear the Original Band that created thousands of bands in their wake.

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW FIENDS! Visit: http://riotfest.org

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Danzig To Re-Team With Doyle Von Frankenstein On Select ‘Danzig Legacy’ Dates

Danzig To Re-Team With Doyle Von Frankenstein On Select ‘Danzig Legacy’ Dates

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One of the most influential rockers of all time, DANZIG will be bringing his Legacy set to the masses this spring. The set will feature music by DANZIG, SAMHAIN and  THE MISFITS. Four of the recently announced Danzig shows with special guest DOYLE set have been added for Kansas City, Indianapolis, Detroit and Baltimore.

Tickets will go on sale this for these shows this Tuesday, March 30th.

Tour Dates:

May
26 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Danzig Legacy)
31 – Kansas City, KS – Uptown Theatre (Danzig with Doyle)

June
1 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room (Danzig with Doyle)
2 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore (Danzig with Doyle)
4 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore (Danzig with Doyle)
5 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage Ae (Danzig Legacy)
7 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory (Danzig Legacy)
9 – Manchester, TN – Bonaroo Festival (Danzig Legacy)

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Danzig Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Danzig Announces U.S. Tour Dates

DANZIG have announced a string of US tour dates in support of his latest album, Deth Red Sabaoth, which was released on June 22, 2010 via Evilive/The End Records.

The itinerary for the upcoming tour is below:

Apr. 29 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
Apr. 30 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre
May 02 – Salt Lake City, UT – Great Salt Air
May 03 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theatre
May 04 – Kansas City, MO – Voodoo
May 06 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Bar-B-Q
May 07 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street
May 09 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock
May 10 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
May 11 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
May 13 – Richmond, VA – The National
May 14 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
May 15 – Albany, NY – Northern Lights
May 17 – Baltimore, MD – Bourbon St.
May 18 – Westbury, NY – Westbury Theatre
May 20 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage Ae
May 21 – Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range
May 22 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
May 24 – Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
May 25 – St. Louis, MO – Pops
May 27 – Albuquerque, New Mexico – Sunshine Theatre
May 28 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre

Danzig have decided to insure that loyal fans are getting the first opportunity to buy tickets. For these shows, tickets will be offered before they go on sale to the general public. Tickets will have reduced service charges compared to the usual ticket outlets. Presales for the following shows are available here.

Glenn Danzig recently entered the studio to begin recording his long-talked-about “covers” album. Five songs have already been laid down, including as-yet-undisclosed tributes to ELVIS PRESLEY and BLACK SABBATH. More details will be made available soon.

Source: Bravewords.com

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Danzig Unleashes Video For “On A Wicked Night”

Danzig Unleashes Video For “On A Wicked Night”

The fall is closing in and DANZIG has unleashed a new video for “On A Wicked Night” which comes off the recently released, “Deth Red Sabaoth”. The video was shot on location in early June at the infamous BatCave in the Hollywood Hills. Check it out below!

DANZIG will embark on the 2010 edition of the “Blackest Of The Black” tour in October which includes, Possessed, Marduk, Toxic Holocaust and Withered.

The current tour dates, with more to be announced soon, are:

Oct. 23 – Pala, CA – [to be announced] (DANZIG warm-up show) *
Oct. 25 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
Oct. 27 – Little Rock, AK – The Village
Oct. 29 – San Antonio, TX – San Antonio Live
Oct. 30 – Houston, TX – Warehouse
Oct. 31 – Dallas, TX – Palladium
Nov. 01 – [to be announced]

* This show is not part of the “Blackest Of The Black” tour.

More shows will be announced on Tuesday, September 7.

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Danzig’s ‘Deth Red Sabaoth’ Now Streaming Online!

Danzig’s ‘Deth Red Sabaoth’ Now Streaming Online!

Danzig's 'Deth Red Sabaoth'

AOL Music are currently hosting a listening party for DANZIG‘s new album, Deth Red Sabaoth, online now at this location‘Deth Red Sabaoth’ will be released on June 22nd via The End Records. The Limited Deluxe Edition, detailed below, is currently available for pre-order at this location.

This exclusive box set contains the following and is limited to an infernal 666 copies:

  • Stunning porcelain-like urn with exclusive art on all four sides, aprox. 11″ x 8″
  • CD version of Deth Red Sabaoth, housed in a beautiful gatefold digipak
  • Limited Edition ‘On A Wicked Night’ 7″
  • Instant download of Deth Red Sabaoth available the day of release
  • Autographed poster

The album features the following tracklisting:

‘Hammer Of The Gods’
‘The Revengeful’
‘Rebel Spirits’
‘Black Candy’
‘On A Wicked Night’
‘Deth Red Moon’
‘Juju Bone’
‘Night Star Hell’
‘Pyre Of Souls (Incanticle)’
‘Pyre Of Souls (Seasons Of Pain)’
‘Left Hand Rise Above’

Confirmed itinerary for Danzig’s special nine-city tour is as follows:

JUNE
15 Norva, Norfolk, VA
16 The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
18 Nokia Theatre, New York, NY
19 Trocadero Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
21 House of Blues, Boston, MA
24 Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
25 Knitting Factory, Reno, NV
26 Nokia, Los Angeles, CA
27 Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

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Glenn Danzig To Appear On Fox News Network Tonight!

Glenn Danzig To Appear On Fox News Network Tonight!

Danzig's 'Deth Red Sabaoth'

Glenn Danzig will be tonight’s guest on the Fox News Network’s “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld.”  The show airs on the west coast at 12 Midnight and on the east coast at 3:00AM (Saturday morning).

Danzig’s new album “Deth Red Sabaoth,” the band’s June U.S. tour dates, and Glenn’s new book “Hidden Lyrics of the Left Hand,” will be just some of the topics on the table to discuss.  Be sure and tune in.

Deth Red Sabaoth will be released on June 22, but those fans who have a ticket to any of the east coast dates scheduled prior to June 22 (see below) will be able to buy the new album at the show, before it’s available in stores. But wait, there’s more – those who purchase Deth Red Sabaoth at one of these special Danzig shows will also receive – as long as they last – a collector’s edition CD single with two versions of the album’s first single, “On A Wicked Night,” complete with exclusive art work. Only a limited number of the CD singles will be available, so once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Confirmed itinerary for Danzig’s special nine-city tour is as follows:

JUNE
15 Norva, Norfolk, VA
16 The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
18 Nokia Theatre, New York, NY
19 Trocadero Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
21 House of Blues, Boston, MA
24 Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
25 Knitting Factory, Reno, NV
26 Nokia, Los Angeles, CA
27 Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

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Danzig Offers Fans ‘Deth Red Sabaoth’ At Concerts Before June 22nd Release Date!

Danzig Offers Fans ‘Deth Red Sabaoth’ At Concerts Before June 22nd Release Date!

Danzig's 'Deth Red Sabaoth'

As if nine, special tour dates to usher in the release of Deth Red Sabaoth wasn’t enough, the Danzig June concerts trek just got even better. Deth Red Sabaoth will be released on June 22, but those fans who have a ticket to any of the east coast dates scheduled prior to June 22 (see below) will be able to buy the new album at the show, before it’s available in stores. But wait, there’s more – those who purchase Deth Red Sabaoth at one of these special Danzig shows will also receive – as long as they last – a collector’s edition CD single with two versions of the album’s first single, “On A Wicked Night,” complete with exclusive art work. Only a limited number of the CD singles will be available, so once they’re gone, they’re gone.

On this special nine-date trek, Glenn Danzig will be joined onstage by long-time Danzig cohort guitarist Tommy Victor (Prong, Ministry), drummer Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative), and former Samhaim bandmate, bassist Steve Zing. Danzig plans to dig deep into his career-defining catalogue and perform tracks from Danzig, Lucifuge, How the Gods Kill, and on up to the present, including several new songs from Deth Red Sabaoth. Support for the east coast dates will be Gorgeous Frankenstein, the band of original Misfits member Doyle, and Seventh Void, the band that includes Danzig/Type O Negative drummer Johnny Kelly and Type O guitarist Kenny Hickey. The west coast dates will feature All Shall Perish and Toxic Holocaust as support.

If this is still not enough Danzig for you, the Deth Red Sabaoth Limited Deluxe Edition – only 666 are being manufactured – is now available as a presale exclusively online at this location >

This box set, which is being sold for $66.66, includes the Deth Red Sabaoth CD, a limited edition “On a Wicked Night” 7-inch, an instant download of Deth Red Sabaoth available on the day of release, an autographed poster, and a stunning porcelain-like urn with exclusive artwork on all four sides.

Confirmed itinerary for Danzig’s special nine-city tour is as follows:

JUNE
15 Norva, Norfolk, VA
16 The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
18 Nokia Theatre, New York, NY
19 Trocadero Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
21 House of Blues, Boston, MA
24 Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
25 Knitting Factory, Reno, NV
26 Nokia, Los Angeles, CA
27 Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

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‘Out of Of Our Minds’ With Melissa Auf der Maur

‘Out of Of Our Minds’ With Melissa Auf der Maur

The tale of Melissa Auf der Maur begins simply enough, a young, beautiful, musically inclined Canadian girl following a dream — both literally and figuratively. After a vivid dream at the age of nineteen, she picked up a bass and set sail on her journey. The chapters that follow in the story are no-less engaging as her path of musical enlightenment would take her to dizzying heights. Through the years, she would find herself playing roles in such iconic bands as Hole and Smashing Pumpkins, alongside rock royalty such as Courtney Love and Billy Corgan. Even after her departure from those genre-defining bands, her story was far from over. In fact, it had only just begun. The early 21st century would see this seasoned musician spread her wings as a solo artist and go on to receive critical acclaim. Now, she has just unleashed her most ambitious work to date, a multimedia extravaganza known as ‘Out of Our Minds’. The project not only features an amazing new album but is accompanied a beautifully crafted comic book and a short film. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with this trailblazing artist to discuss her musical past, the conceptualization and birth of her new project, her work alongside the legendary Glenn Danzig and what the future may hold for her!

How did music first come into your life?

Through my mothers record collection. I was raised in Montreal, Canada. My mother was and still is, the coolest lady that I know. I still ask her to give me her feedback on music. She was the first female rock Disc Jockey in Montreal, Canada. By the time I was born, she had already been listening to the good rock music in the 60s and 70s, so I was raised on her record collection. Then she sent me to a music school from six years old on, so I’ve always had it in my life and I’ve been playing it since grade one.

What was the catalyst for you to pursue a career in music? As opposed to going a different route.

Well, I never thought I would have a professional career in music and still to this day, it is more of an emotional relationship than it is a professional career, so I never actually thought it would make any sense for music to be my professional career. I was studying photography in University and I thought that photography would be my profession and music would be my romantic love on the side, but then I got this crazy opportunity when I was 22 to join Hole. That’s when the professional element came up but in terms of the catalyst as making it a full time passion of mine, it was discovering the music of my generation when I was 19 and 20, discovering bands like Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Kyuss, all of these amazing records of the early 90s that made me fall in love with music, deeper. Then I had a dream when I was 19 about the power of music bringing people together. It was a dream that I actually tell the story of on the last song in my first record. Its called “I Need, I Want, I Will”. In this dream, I was playing this strange post apocalyptic science fiction storyline and then music had the power to bring people together. I woke up the next morning and realized I had to do it, I had to find my instrument and start a band and that’s what I did, I picked up a bass, started my local band in Montreal and everything happened from there.

How did the idea for “Out of Our Minds” originally come about?

It started in January of 2005, It was about 5 years in the making. It was totally crazy. A lot of things happened in that time. At the beginning it was as simple as I had gotten off a 180 show tour from my first record and I spent Christmas with my family and I hibernated for the winter of 2005. I started writing my new soul record, it was sort of a followup from my first solo record. While I was writing, I also was looking for a deeper story or concept, I wanted to make it more of a conceptual record and also be able to bring in visual elements. So from the very get go I was writing a record but with the intention to find a story for a theme that I could then expand into a fantasy film and comic book. So it started with that and throughout the years many things happened like my record contract with capital records came to an end with everyone at Capital being fired in one day. So I took a year off from the record because legally, I had already started recording a bunch of my record and lawyers had to decide who owned it. That is when I took a year off from the record. So, I started making the fantasy film, I spent a year making the fantasy film, and when I went back to the record, I decided that it’s self produced and  self finance at this point, I might as well start my own label and my own production company. That’s when I decided to not look for a new label. That took another couple years of my life. [laughs]

What was the biggest challenge in putting this project together?

Patience. Once I saw that it was going to be more than a year or two, after releasing my first record, I then sort of had to take all rational time lines and put them aside. I had to submit to the idea of “when its ready”, and “when there is an opportunity” and “when there is a way to release it” and it all feels right to me, then it will be ready. So I kind of let go and let the project take its own time line. Then also, becoming more of a practical person, I’ve never in my life paid notice to the business or planning on that end. I’ve always lived in the fantasy/creative side of things. So a couple of years into this project when I decided that I should start my own artist run label and production company, that was hard too, but it was worth it.

This project features a lot of collaboration. What can you tell us about that and specifically about your work with Glenn Danzig.

Basically the reason why I went solo as it were and make solo records and a solo project in this case, is because of my love of collaboration. The reason I make music is because it is all collaboration. I am not a Joni Mitchell singer/songwriter type, I’m a rock musician, so everything is about the drummer, the engineer, the guitar tone, the guitar player. It is my love of collaboration that fuels all of this to begin with. My first record was made by reaching out to all of my heroes and all of my mentors such as Josh Homme and Chris Goss, who was the co-producer of my first record. So it’s always been based on collaboration. Obviously, with this project as you see, comes down to the collaboration with the film makers, the illustrators and the players on the record. Glenn Danzig is the guest of honor and the most surprising guest, he has been a hero of mine since I was a teenager. He was sort of a mythological king that I looked to for inspiration and I never really thought that I would work with. It would have been anti-climatic to meet him as a fan and just say “Hi, how ya doing?”. So, for over fifteen years I’ve been a serious and devoted fan. I’ve worn my lucky Danzig sweat band throughout all of my touring and he is like this Viking type of man that I look to, to find the strength in side of myself to get up on stage. It started by me deciding that I was going to reach for the lofty goal to come together with one of my heroes. I wrote him a song, “Father’s Grave”, which is the duet where he plays the grave digger and I play a woman who has lost her father. Through this strange conversation in the song, she finds some healing for her loss. I decided to write him a song and invite him into my world through song instead of just calling and asking if he wanted to meet for coffee. [laughs] I did something that I’ve never done before which is, basically write a song from another person’s perspective. I know his music very well. So I basically closed my eyes and thought, “What would Glenn do?” To tell this story about this grave digger and this woman. The end result was that I wrote my first six minute blues/funeral duet. I sent him a demo with me singing his part and my part and a two page letter explaining the impact that he had made on my life and the story of the song. I sent it to his PO box, he doesn’t have a manager or an agent per-se, he does everything pretty direct. I sent it to what was essentially a fan PO box. Everyone told me that it would never happen because he had never collaborated on anyone else’s record. Six months later my phone rang and it was Glenn. He liked my song and I flew out to L.A. and we went into the studio to record his parts. It was amazing!

Was it a difficult process to bring your vision for “Out Of Our Minds” to life?

No. It was so much fun. It was so satisfying and so exciting. Obviously, I pick collaborators who are up to this sort of abstract challenge. Director Tony Stone and Illustrator Jack Forbes were amazing to work with. I basically had this crazy idea about time travel and I had my visual references along with certain period pieces, like Vikings and Witches. These references created this strange sort of art piece by trying to merge Tony’s language of cinema and story-telling and then my way of seeing and feeling stories within a song and then merging them together. It was really, really fun for everyone involved. I think I chose to work with people who are excited to do an odd ball collaboration.

Is this sort of collaboration something that we can look forward to seeing more of from you in the future?

Definitely. My hope or plan is to basically make this the first project that really embraces all of my inspirations — visual, storytelling and music. I absolutely hope and plan to continue on with this multi-media format.

Can we look forward to you touring later this year in support of the project?

I have been bringing the film to various places, for example, to screenings this spring. I have been bringing the film into other communities, reaching out to film houses, film festivals, science fiction conventions or comic book conventions, basically dabbling in these new ways to share a project and then building up towards a fall tour in North America with like-minded artists and will try to bring in the film and illustration components to the tour.

“Out of Our Minds” seems very ripe for blending those elements. I was curious to see how you might intermingle them.

Yeah. I am still developing it. The music stands on it’s own but I have been touring in Europe and playing some shows in Canada, only a few in the U.S. so far but the U.S. is a big country. Sometimes, I have been using the film as an opening act and then playing a straightforward, raw, rock show right after and that has been working very well. It all depends on the time, place and how to mix the components but it is also important that the music stands on it’s own, of course.

It is hard to mention your name and not bring up your past endeavors with the Smashing Pumpkins and Hole. Billy Corgan and Courtney Love are obviously two very dynamic personalities. What were the greatest lessons you took away from your time working with them?

I always break it down into two chapters. My time with Hole was “Character Building” and an incredible opportunity to define my vision, character and strengths. Working with Courtney Love was an amazing lesson in that. My time with Smashing Pumpkins, I always refer to as “My Greatest Music Lesson”. Billy is one of the most professional and prolific musicians that I have ever worked with. Learning his catalog was the ultimate “fine tuning” of my tools as a bass player and as a songwriter. Those were the real strengths of those two chapters, along with the honor of finding myself in the whirlwind in the midst of an incredible decade of music. Like I said at the beginning of the conversation, I had a dream about music bringing people together and I kept my ears open for the music makers and found my way into that world by believing in the power of music. Those two people are obviously two huge spokespeople for my generation and it was phenomenal to be a part of that.

The project is really amazing and we are excited to spread the word. What is the best place for people to get all the information and discover the latest chapter in your musical journey?

My website www.xmadmx.com has everything that you need from my blog to, most importantly, a free download of the song “Out of Our Minds” which will be up there for free for eternity. It is the ultimate introduction to the project and it gives people the option to give it a go and if they want to go deeper, online exclusively in my shop, is all of the multi-media elements like the film and the comic book. For all those that stop by, it is an invitation to dive into the world of the surrealism, psychedelia and following your heart! It is the invitation to a parallel world… and I will be your host!

Thank you for your time, Melissa!

Thank you!

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