Posted in metal | music | tour dates on May 15, 2014

Danzig at Riot Fest in 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)

Nestled within the Riot Fest Chicago 2014 lineup sat this intriguing name: Samhain. The Samhain? The band Glenn Danzig fronted between two legacy-ensuring runs in the Misfits and his "Mother"-effin' 'solo' stardom? That Samhain?

Danzig's official website has since confirmed: "We can confirm that DANZIG has accepted an invitation to perform as his Classic SAMHAIN at Riot Fest in Chicago this September. More as we get it...Stay Tuned!!!" Riot Fest has since announced that Samhain will play Initium in full.

We actually shouldn't be too surprised. Danzg has been touring with Doyle-infused Misfits sets as part of his show for a while now, and in 2011 he did a "Danzig Legacy" tour, with shows that included (drama and) seven Samhain songs and members as part of the setlist. That tour hit Riot Fest in Chicago, a fest Danzig then played for a second time last year (and which he will play for a third time this year). Three members of Samhain played in the band (Glenn Danzig, London May and Steve Zing).

What we still don't know is who will actually be playing in this version of the reunited "Samhain". Danzig hasn't said yet. Drummer/bassist Steve Zing is a very safe bet since he was in Samhain, played the 'Legacy' shows and plays in Danzig's current lineup. Drummer/bassist London May, already back in the fold recently, also seems very possible. The bigger question is whether we'll get original member (and Danzig original member, but current country singer) drummer/bassist Eerie Von back in the fold. In our professional opinion that is who Danzig needs most to validate this thing, and actually things are looking good, though it might require Glenn also wrangling in guitarist Pete "Damien" Marshall. In 2012, Blankman ran this interview:

BMi: Why weren't you part of the Samhain reunion

EV: "What reunion? Glenn and 2 drummers? I said if the Guitar player Damian wasn't involved I wasn't interested."

BMi: What do you think about Jerry Only's continued version of the Misfits?

EV: "That's Jerry's thing. He's keeping the name alive, and playing the songs for the kids who never saw the old band. I only saw them when they first got back together, and had Graves as a singer. I thought they were pretty good. I haven't seen Jerry and the others guys since.

BMi: Knowing all the guys in the band personally, what do you think the chances are of a full-fledged Misfits reunion?

EV: "Slim to None, but you never can tell. It's been discussed over the years."

Slim to none is right, and even more right now that Danzig and Jerry Only are embroiled in yet another lawsuit concerning a legal spat with Misfits bassist Jerry Only over Hot Topic merchandising royalties, citing the devilocked dude for breach of a '94 agreement to share trademarks.
After registering the trademarks, Danzig alleges Jerry then secretly entered into deals with various merchandisers, including Hot Topic, and cut Danzig out of any potential profits in the process. Danzig claims Jerry even threatened to withhold licensing rights from merchandisers if they did business with Danzig at all.

Danzig -- who left The Misfits in 1983 -- is suing for breach of contract and more. He insists he's solely responsible for the Misfits fame as a founding member of the group, and deserves his fair share of merchandising profits. [re-tox]

Misfits say it's "sour grapes". Read the entire statement they gave to Alternative Press in response to the lawsuit, below, and good luck Glenn.

Meanwhile, Jerry Only's version of the Misfits just announced that their NYC Halloween show will happen this year on October 28 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are on Live Nation/Music Geeks presale and go on regular sale Friday (5/16) at 10 AM.

All of Danzig's & Misfits' 2014 tour dates, along with some Samhain samples -- that you should listen to with unbiased ears -- below.


Riot Fest

Danzig - 2014 Dates


In 1995, Misfits founding member Jerry Only secured the exclusive legal right to tour and record as the Misfits, and, in accordance with those legal rights, launched a licensing program through Cyclopian Music. At the same time, Glenn Anzalone--professionally known as Glenn Danzig (former co-founder and Misfits vocalist circa 1977 to 1983) --made clear that he wanted no public association with the Misfits or Cyclopian Music's business endeavors.

Despite full knowledge of Cyclopian Music's use of the Misfits' name and logos for decades, Glenn Danzig curiously filed a lawsuit on April 3rd, 2014 seeking a portion of the proceeds from Cyclopian Music's activities with which he has had no involvement whatsoever. Danzig's lawsuit can only be described as a sour grapes tantrum based on outrageous allegations, the majority of which are completely false, while others are ill conceived and grossly misguided--and will be proven false in court. Reports of Glenn Danzig's lawsuit and the falsehoods within it, however, have resulted in the dissemination of misinformation regarding the nature of Glenn Danzig's baseless claims and Cyclopian Music's rights.

For example, Jerry Only and Cyclopian are under no obligation, legal, contractual or otherwise, to obtain consent, or approvals of any kind, from former member Glenn Danzig in connection with their use of the Misfits name or logos. Apparently Danzig's own product line doesn't sell as well as he might like, but the fact of the matter remains that Jerry Only and Cyclopian Music's Misfits licenses, business activity and merchandising endeavors are 100% lawful and consistent with their legal rights.

To be clear, Glenn Danzig has no legal right to, and no interest in, Cyclopian's Misfits licenses or business ventures period. Danzig's lawsuit is nothing more than a calculated attempt to unfairly and improperly enrich himself from revenue streams to which he is not entitled."

--Misfits / Misfits Records

MISFITS -- 2014 Tour Dates
06/24/14 READING, UK @ SUB 89
10/29/14 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza



Comments (40)

Some girl should kick this poser's ass again

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 1:12 PM

Danzig went to Coney Island and the Cyclone operator wouldn't let him on the ride because he didn't come up to the pirate's parrot

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 1:23 PM

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 1:26 PM

mayster band is gaslight anthem doing 59 sound!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 1:35 PM

Hopefully their set doesn't get cut SHORT.

Heard this dude has a SHORT temper.

It'd be a bummer if this reunion fell SHORT of expectations.

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 1:59 PM


Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 2:35 PM

Danzig, yer fuckin out

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 2:39 PM

Man, these Danzig jokes are so fresh and so funny! I wonder if you guys realize how many of the bands you like these days wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the original Misfits?

Posted by Todd | May 15, 2014 2:41 PM

^lol u butthurt

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 2:42 PM

2:41, Why you so cranky? Feeling sick?

Have some french onion soup.

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 2:56 PM

heey yoouuu guuuuuyys

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 3:04 PM

i'm an artist

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 3:29 PM

I can't work like this.

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 3:41 PM

Can I record this? W.E. I'll just do it anyway.

Posted by V. Stiviano | May 15, 2014 3:49 PM

2:41, you mad bro?

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 4:48 PM

I'm sure short jokes are really gonna hurt the feelings of some dude with way more money and success than you.

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 5:11 PM

Glenn Danzig is a national treasure!

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 5:28 PM

Wow, my 2 youtube videos made it here today.

Posted by mayhemwithmercy666 | May 15, 2014 7:04 PM

I'm like 1000% sure that I have more money than Glenn Danzig, and I say he's a fucking sausage fart. So, there's that ...

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 8:19 PM

I'm going to shit in all of your mouths. Then, I'm going to wait a little while, then I'm going to suck the digested shit that I shit in your mouths our of your assholes, then with THAT shit, I'm going to shit in your mouths again. Hail Satan.

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 8:23 PM

you've never met someone with a fecal matter fetish, eh?^

Posted by brown noise | May 15, 2014 8:35 PM

Glenn's hairline is so fucking tight right now.

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 9:26 PM

2:39 ftw

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2014 9:46 PM

Yeah, yeah, Danzig's the butt of a million jokes now, I know, but he'll never be as bad as Jerry Only. That dude NEVER had any musical talent, and he now thinks he's a singer. I've heard a bit of his Misfits singing. Atrocious and not funny.

Danzig was rad, but he always took himself way too seriously, and has become a walking meme. He still has more great songs than you ever will.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 2:10 AM

Anybody on here who disses the Danzig/Misfits are people who diss everything they are losers with one track minds with no real scope of reality.Their only contribution is to annoy people. They remind me of the losers in school when a beautiful girl would get up before the class and read something or recite a poem in perfection and all they could do is fart out loud to annoy or disrupt her or make her feel inadequate,but metaphorically that fart spoke volumes , it said "i am a loser,i know i will never be as good as you,I know i will never be your friend , i know you will never pay attention to me, i know i will never fuck you and this is all i have to offer....

I am very curious to see what some of the people who comment on here have accomplished in their lives, Danzig may act up at times but nobody i can think of living today has the right to undermine or trivialize his contributions so shut the fuck up ....

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 10:05 AM


Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 10:11 AM

Beautiful girls, farting, poetry, Danzig, Jerry Only... My head is spinning!

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2014 12:38 PM

10:05 is butthurt

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2014 1:27 PM

Danzig went to Coney Island and the Cyclone operator wouldn't let him on the ride because he didn't come up to the pirate's parrot

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2014 6:21 PM

Socrates pointed out that good aspects do not cancel out bad ones, or vice versa: they co-exist. I think Danzig is an incredible songwriter/musician who's still putting out good tunes. I also think he's a douchebag midget with no sense of humor or the smallest clue of how silly he appears to anyone who isn't licking his balls. I loved hhis last record AND I still laugh at that video of him getting beat by a fat skinhead.

Posted by Assholio | May 19, 2014 10:49 AM

Socrates didn't know this shrimpboat egotist

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2014 11:43 AM

Wendy's Spicy Chicken Yo!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2014 3:14 PM

What about Michael graves?? LoL

Posted by I am 138 | May 21, 2014 12:53 AM

French Onion Soup..

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2014 3:42 PM

You are all fucking nerds.excuse me while I get my dick sucked. Buy a real girl.fucking losers.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 2:10 PM


You are a real cocksman!

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | June 20, 2014 2:31 PM

^go away

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 2:46 PM

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