The original members of Misfits went where eagles dare at Riot Fest Denver on Sunday night, performing their first show together in 33 years. Vocalist Glenn Danzig, bassist Jerry Only, and guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, together with former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, played what was by most accounts a hugely successful show, and Rolling Stone caught up with Only and Doyle afterwards to see what’s in store for the band’s future.
Aside from Doyle’s complaints about the sound (“I had a real horror show onstage”), the pair sounded pleased with the reception and even got to talking about the possibility of recording a new album with the long-estranged Danzig. Here’s what Only had to say:
“I want it to continue. I know Doyle wants it to continue. I know Glenn wants it to continue. We just have to be big enough people to make it continue. And that’s where we’re at. Whatever it takes. We’re going into our 40th anniversary so the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Eventually, Doyle’s got to write a new album; I’ve got to write a new album; Glenn’s got to write a new album. Why don’t we work together and make the greatest album ever? Now we’ve got different elements. We’ve got Doyle playing more of a metal kind of thing. We’ve got Dave who we’re trying to figure out what the fuck he’s doing. And Glenn’s got his own thing. And Acey [Slade, second guitar] fills in good too. And I’ve got the band where it is today. So it’s a matter of remolding and using all the different elements that I’ve got.”
The mere possibility of Misfits returning as a Danzig-fronted outfit is pretty crazy, as it comes just two years after his 2014 lawsuit against Only for — get this — cutting him out of Misfits’ lucrative Hot Topic merch deal. But the band’s thirst for skulls (and cash) now seems stronger than ever, so perhaps an “original” Misfits album will arrive sooner rather than later.
“I think it’s got to evolve naturally,” Only said. “The thing is we’ve tried to plan things and then we stand there and wait and as it comes we’ll just do it. When we go back — I don’t know about Glenn — but I canceled our touring and everything for this so I’m going to go home and write and lift.”
Good to know Only’s focused on the most crucial aspect of the band’s appeal: his muscles. Expect to see a slightly more swole version of Misfits when they hit the stage at Riot Fest Chicago, taking place September 16th – 18th.