David Bowie & Prince's Deaths Influenced Misfits' Reunion, Glenn Danzig Says

Glenn Danzig performs during the Blackest of the Black tour
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Glenn Danzig performs during the Blackest of the Black tour.

Last week, the Misfits became the latest band to reunite its classic lineup for the festival circuit. Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein will perform together for the first time since 1983 at Riot Fest stops in Denver and Chicago this September. 

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Danzig sounded genuinely enthused to be back at it, even if the trio has had more than its share of disagreements in the past. Reconciliation helped bring them back together, but so did their own real-life mortality. 

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David Bowie's death came out of the blue, as did Prince’s,” Danzig said, reflecting on the legends’ relatively premature deaths. “And I've said it before with Peter Steele and Dio: If you're a music fan, you think these artists will be here forever, but you should enjoy them while they're here, because you never know what will happen. You've got to enjoy it and let it happen before everybody dies."

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Danzig is 60, Only is 57 and von Frankenstein is 51. The frontman stressed they’re all in good health. But when you’re the Misfits, you’re expected to be a little morbid (the story notes he said this with a laugh). In the end, they’ll give a new generation of fans a chance to see the Misfits as they were in their heyday, and if these dates go well, then who knows what will come next. A full-fledged tour? New music? It wouldn’t be fitting for the Misfits’ reunion to wrap before Halloween. 

We leave you with one last caress, provided by Danzig and Metallica: