If you were hoping to catch The Misfits on a reunion tour, don’t hold your breath. The details are mixed, but the reunion at Riot Fest was reportedly a one off according to Glenn Danzig. In an interview with the New York Times, the frontman discusses the reunion and his plans away from the band:
The second and, he said, final performance of a two-show reunion run, the set was a comprehensive, ecstatic summary of his time with the group, which is credited with developing and popularizing horror punk…
Alas, the resurrection of the Misfits is also the end, according to Danzig, who has nearly completed an album of Elvis Presley covers: “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.”
Now this does make sense, but it also goes against statements made by the other members of the group in an interview with Rolling Stone from earlier in September:
Does this feel like something that can continue?
Only: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?..
Have you had a conversation with Glenn about making a new album?
Only: I think it’s got to evolve naturally. 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.
It is easy to look for one of those sparks that set off a powder keg within a band that has well-noted issues in their past. This doesn’t seem like an angry back and forth at all, but it does dissapoint those who were likely hoping to see more from the original group following their riot fest reunion. We’ll have to keep an eye out down the road, but at least there’s the possibility. It hasn’t fallen apart completely yet.