Misfits To Perform “Walk Among Us” In Full At 2022 Riot Fest

Misfits will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of “Walk Among Us” by performing it in full at next year’s Riot Fest. That event is scheduled to take place in Chicago, IL on September 16-18, 2022 and it will also feature My Chemical Romance and more to be announced. If you missed it, the lineup for the 2021 Riot Fest can also be found HERE.

Glenn Danzig Doesn’t Rule Out More Misfits Shows

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Glenn Danzig was asked about the possibility of more Misfits shows. The frontman responded by saying “the door is open.”

Danzig said the following:

“I don’t know. I mean, right now, something like a Misfits show would have to be in a bigger place. And I don’t know that those places are open yet. So we’ll see. I mean, the door is open. If we do it, I would like to play some places we haven’t played yet, Texas or Florida or places like that. We haven’t done any shows in those states, and those states are fully open.”

He also talked about cancel culture after being asked about controversial songs like “Last Caress“:

“It’s just a crazy-ass song. We would do things just to piss people off.”

“[It was] like, ‘Fuck everybody. Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, fuck the world.’ It was just like, ‘Fuck your system, fuck all this bullshit.’ It was something else.”

“I don’t think people will ever see anything like it again. There won’t be any new bands coming out like that. Now, they will immediately get canceled.”

He also added:

“People don’t understand, because everything’s so cancel-culture, woke bullshit nowadays, but you could never have the punk explosion nowadays, because of cancel culture and woke bullshit. You could never have it. It would never have happened. We’re lucky it happened when it did, because it’ll never happen again,. You won’t have any of those kinds of bands ever again. Everyone’s so uptight and P.C., it’s just like, “OK, whatever.”

On another note, Danzig also said that he isn’t sure if he will ever release new music:

“With people thinking they can download your record for free and all of that stuff, it gets to the point where you’re just, like, ‘Why am I going to do a new record? People are just going to steal it. It’s going to cost me money to make it. Am I going to make any money back?’ I love doing music, but if I spend a ton of money doing a record and it just gets downloaded for free and people steal it, what’s the point?

I mean, we’ll see. Maybe I’ll just go in and do a song or two and give it away for free or something, I don’t know. It doesn’t cost too much, but for the most part, I think all these people who just decided that, you know, ‘Fuck the bands, I’m going to get this for free,’ well, your bands are probably not going to put out new music.”

Former Misfits Singer Michale Graves Could Be A Witness In Upcoming Proud Boys Capitol Insurrection Trial

According to Reuters, ex-Misfits singer Michael Emanuel, aka Michale Graves, may serve as a defense witness in an upcoming trial for four leaders of the Proud Boys, the far-right, neo-fascist, white nationalist organization that was involved in the treasonous pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Emanuel, who is a member of the extremist group, claims that another member of the Proud Boys had asked him to perform at a private concert during the same time as the riot on January 6. That show never happened, but lawyers representing one of the defendants, Ethan “Rufio” Nordean, argued in a court filing that if the group were planning to “topple the government,” they wouldn’t have scheduled a concert for the same day. For his part, Emanuel said that he doesn’t think the Proud Boys were capable of planning an insurrection. He also added that him and his manager “ghosted” the other members of the group and got out of Washington D.C. as chaos erupted.

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Misfits Drop Lawsuit Against Book Publisher Regarding The Use Of Their “Fiend Skull” Design

Misfits have officially dropped their lawsuit against Abrams. This news comes after Misfits AD, the company that Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only established to manage their intellectual property, filed a complaint against the book publisher for using the band’s “Fiend Skull” artwork for a photobook, titled “Scream With Me – The Enduring Legacy Of The Misfits,” without authorization. The group’s attorney sent a notice of voluntary dismissal of the civil suit in a court document that was filed in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York. According to the filing, the dismissal was made “with prejudice,” which means it can’t be filed again. It also said that “each party shall bear his, her, or its own attorneys’ fees and costs.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ex-Misfits Drummer Joey Image Reportedly Passes Away

According to the The New York Hardcore Chronicles Page, Joey Image has sadly passed away at the age of 63. The musician, who served as Misfits’ drummer from 1978-1980, had been battling liver cancer and was keeping people updated on his condition through GoFundMe.

Share Of Royalties For Three Misfits Releases Up For Auction

A piece of the royalties for Misfits’ “American Psycho” (1997), “Famous Monsters” (1999), and “Cuts From The Crypt” (2001) are currently up for auction on royaltyexchange.com. The winner will get the rights to a share of all sales, streaming, and sync royalties.

Glenn Danzig Says Misfits Have “Talked About” Releasing Live Material Or Possibly Recording Something

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Glenn Danzig was asked if he has any future plans with the Misfits and he responded by saying “Not right now.” However, when asked if the band have considered releasing a new live effort or possibly recording something, the frontman added: “Yeah, we’ll see. It’s something we’ve talked about.” He then continued after being asked if he was happy with the group’s reunion shows:

“Yeah. Shit, we sold out Madison Square Garden. As a matter of fact, we oversold it. Back in the day, all the bigwig promoters and record label people were, like, ‘A punk band will never headline Madison Square Garden.’ And, of course, we’re the first punk band to headline there. And not only did we sell it out, we oversold it. So a big fuck you to all those assholes, who are probably selling hotdogs on Sixth Avenue.”

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Misfits Sue Book Publisher For Using The Band’s “Fiend Skull” Design

According to Blabbermouth, Misfits have filed a lawsuit against publisher Abrams for using the band’s “Fiend Skull” artwork for a photobook, titled “Scream With Me – The Enduring Legacy Of The Misfits,” without authorization. The complaint was filed by Misfits AD, the company that Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only established to manage their intellectual property, including trademarks and copyrights.

The following was said in the lawsuit:

“[Abrams’ photobook] is rife with large-scale, repeated, and unlicensed reproductions of Misfits A.D. intellectual property. For example, the cover of the photobook prominently displays, without authorization, the Misfits A.D. ‘Fiend Skull design’ trademark and, in doing so, misleads consumers into believing that the photo book has been approved by, or is associated with, Misfits A.D., which is indisputably false.

The photobook also unabashedly copies wholesale copyrighted artwork associated with the MISFITS’ musical recordings and releases. The MISFITS’ copyrighted artwork is an integral part of the band’s extensive and highly successful line of officially licensed merchandise and its world famous lifestyle brand. In addition, the named authors of the infringing photo book have been falsely affiliating themselves with the MISFITS in connection with advertising and promoting the publication and release of the book, further harming Misfits A.D.”

The complaint also added:

“In addition to the infringing cover of the Book, the Book is structured around the MISFITS Artwork with chapters that consist entirely of unauthorized uses of the MISFITS Artwork, with each of the MISFITS Artwork reproduced multiple times on multiples pages of the Book and using both exact copies and variants of the MISFITS Artwork.”

Misfits A.D. reportedly sent Abrams a cease and desist letter after finding out about the book. The publisher said they got clearances from other copyright holders for the foreword, interviews, quotes, and a number of photographs in the book, but the lawsuit claims they denied needing authorization to use the “Fiend Skull” artwork.

UPDATE: Abrams have since issued a statement to Blabbermouth:

“Abrams intends to vigorously defend the lawsuit that has been filed on behalf of the MISFITS around the recent publication of the book ‘Scream With Me’.

As the plaintiff admits, the parties corresponded about this matter last July through their counsel. At that time, Abrams pointed out to the MISFITS’ counsel that the book’s publication was permissible under well-established trademark and copyright precedent. We are surprised to now see this baseless lawsuit nearly eight months later.

We are confident that the limited use of content that is alleged to be original to the MISFITS in the ‘Scream With Me’ book is well within the parameters of fair use. This same issue has been litigated in the recent past and courts have consistently held that such works are permissible, including in a well-known New York federal court case concerning a GRATEFUL DEAD visual book that documented the history of that band. In that 2006 case, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the pictorial history of the GRATEFUL DEAD was a permissible fair use.

Rather than having a sound legal basis, this lawsuit against Abrams seems to be mostly about the MISFITS’ desire to publish their own book. Just as there can be multiple books about the GRATEFUL DEAD, there can be multiple books about the MISFITS.”

The Original Misfits Announce Philadelphia Show With Dropkick Murphys & Agnostic Front

The Original Misfits have announced that they will be performing at Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, PA on December 14. Dropkick Murphys and Agnostic Front will serve as support. This news comes after Glenn Danzig previously claimed that the band’s recent New York concert would be their final reunion show.

Glenn Danzig Says There Will Be “No More Misfits Shows” After Their New York Concert

According to Glenn Danzig, Misfits’ October 19 concert at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY will be their final reunion show. The frontman confirmed the news to Bionic Buzz while on the red carpet of the September 16 premiere of Rob Zombie’s new movie “3 From Hell.” He simply said the following: “no more Misfits shows except for MSG.” This news isn’t too surprising considering legal documents previously surfaced and seemed to suggest that the band were only obligated to play 10 shows following a settlement between Danzig and Jerry Only. However, it’s worth mentioning that this show will be their 12th. On another note, I recently went to the band’s Oakland, CA show and my review can be found HERE.

[via Metal Injection]