Certain band reunions are a big deal, a real big deal. The surprise return of legendary New Jersey punk band the Misfits with co-founder Glenn Danzig back in the lineup after 33 long years, is one of those big deal band reunions. Hence the excitement upon the announcement that this September the pioneering horror punk band will reunite to play the 2016 Riot Fest in both Chicago and Denver. 1983 was when the group's mainman Glenn Danzig, along with bassist Jerry Only and guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein all played together as the Misfits. Most of the iconic band's legions of diehard fans had given up hope that they ever would get together again in their original lineup. That assumption is totally understandable considering the seemingly iirreconcilable rift between Danzig and former bandmates, especially Only. After Danzig had moved on with Samhain and then band the group Danzig, he and Only were embroiled in drawn out legal battles and law suits that spanned many years, one as recently as just a couple of years ago.
One key legal battle that Only won was being granted the right to perform under the name the Misfits. This he and the band's ever changing lineup did for the past two decades. But, as any true blue Misfits fan will tell you, it was not really the Misfits without Danzig. Note that a decade back Doyle had joined Danzig during a number of 2004 and 2005 concerts to perform half hour sets of early Misfits songs, something that most figured would be the closest they'd ever experience of a Misfits reunion show. Hence the excitement among fans upon the announcement that the original Misfits will be back this September with Danzig, Only and Doyle together once again. So far the word is that the surprise reunion of the iconic punk outfit, upon the urging of festival organizers, will be those two Riot Fest dates only, both of which they'll headline. But there's always a change that they do additional shows or maybe even tour. Regardless diehard fans of the band are ecstatic with this news and planning trips to the two Riot Fest cities in the first half of September. More info on Riot Fest Denver (Sept 2/3/4) and Riot Fest Chicago (Sept 16/17/18). And below, in celebration of the upcoming Misfits reunion concerts, is a 1983 Misfits show in Boston, MA: the last year of the Misfits original line-up with Glenn Danzig.