Earlier this year, punk fans were thrilled to learn that for the first time in 33 years, the Misfits would be reuniting. In the late ’70s and early ’80s, the band’s gory lyrics and fast-paced songs won them a huge following, as tracks such as “Where Eagles Dare” and “Earth A.D.” became punk classics. Later on, songs like “Last Caress” and “Die, Die, My Darling” would gain new life — and earn the band new fans — after being covered by Metallica. Over the years, the band’s following began to grow, and for the first time, the band’s younger fans were able to see the band perform live as the Misfits took the stage at Riot Fest in Denver on Sunday night.
Technically speaking, it wasn’t the entire original lineup; the band — billed as the Original Misfits — featured Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only, alongside guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (Best. Name. Ever.), and drummer Dave Lombardo, who has previously performed with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies. The band blew through classics like “I Turned Into a Martian,” and “Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?” As you can see in the clips from the performance that were posted on Twitter and Instagram, the crowd was raucous and loved every minute of it. The band will also be performing at Riot Fest Chicago on September 18.