After over 30 years, Glenn Danzig will join Jerry Only and the Misfits on stage for the first time since their breakup in 1983. What fans call “The Original Misfits” — Danzig, Only and long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, will grace the stage together at this years Riot Fest.
Riot Fest will take place in Denver, on Labor Day weekend Sept. 2-4 at the National Western Complex, then once again in Chicago two weeks later Sept. 16-18 in Douglas Park. The rest of lineup that will appear at Riot Fest has yet to be announced.
After the band split, members got into a legal battle over The Misfits name. Jerry Only won the rights to tour and record under the name The Misfits in 1990. Danzig found success on his own when he started his self titled band Danzig. Danzig appeared on the first two Misfit studio albums before releasing his first solo studio album Danzig, in 1988. Danzig went on to release ten studio albums after his Misfit days including his current album Skeletons, which was released in 2015. The Misfits didn’t release a studio album after Danzig split until 1997 when they released Static Age, and released a total of five studio albums after Danzig.
Just like some other bands that have recently reunited in 2016, many fans thought they would never see this day especially after the two sides have sued each other over the years multiple times. The reunion will mark the first time that three-quarters of the band will perform together since the bands most notable Walk Among Us album, released in 1982. Following the band’s breakup, Doyle has performed with both The Misfits and Danzig over the years after the two separated their ways. The Misfits formed in 1977.