For those of you that got to see Glenn Danzig front the Misfits at Denver and Chicago’s Riot Fests this past month, you might have thought you were watching the first shows of a long and fruitful reunion between Danzig, Jerry Only and Wolfgang Doyle von Frankenstein. You’d be wrong, though. According to Danzig, what you saw were the only shows of the reunion. In an interview with the New York Times, the article begins with the author reporting that Danzig said the Chicago show on September 18th was the “final” show. A recent interview with Jerry Only after the Denver iteration of the fest found him upbeat and looking towards the future, suggesting he’d be working on a new Misfits album with Danzig on vocals. Glenn, of course, was not so upbeat:
“If there’s going to be another Misfits record, I’d probably have to write the stuff,” he said. “And I’ve got a full plate, so I don’t know.”
As stated before, the deaths of David Bowie and Prince this year was what made the singer decide to reunite with his band:
And I’ve seen a lot of musicians dying too young recently, like Bowie and Prince. That just got in my head. People had been trying to get us to reunite for a long time, anyway. I said that if we’re going to do it, we might as well do it now while we’re all in really good shape. It’s not easy to be in terrible shape or be a drug addict and perform, you know?
The rest of the interview finds Glenn weighing in on pop music (it “doesn’t challenge anything”) and what he wants from the crowd (“I want them to leave thinking they didn’t just come to a concert, but they came to some kind of ritual.”)
So while Jerry Only might be furiously writing the next Misfits album, it wouldn’t be that surprising if the guy that winds up singing on it isn’t Danzig.