Concert Review: Misfits, Rancid, The Damned, & Cro-Mags In Oakland, CA

Last night (September 11), I attended The Original Misfits’ show at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA and it was an extraordinary night of legendary punk.

Harley Flanagan’s Cro-Mags opened the show, which they dedicated to the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The short, hard-hitting set was the perfect way to kick things off and those who showed up early were not disappointed. The group played a number of tracks from their catalog, but one of the highlights was “No One’s Victim” off their latest EP “Don’t Give In.”

As soon as Cro-Mags were done, The Damned took the stage for an awesome set. The band sounded great and they were certainly one of the strongest acts of the night. They were also very energetic, especially keyboardist Monty Oxymoron, who kept breaking out in crazy dances. Highlights from their set included “Smash It Up” and “Love Song.”

Once The Damned finished up, it was time for the East Bay’s own Rancid. The band busted right out of the gate with “Roots Radicals” and continued to play hit after hit with several songs from their latest album “Trouble Maker” thrown in for good measure. The band seemed to be having a great time onstage, which is cool to see and they even had a few humorous stories for the fans. One notable one was from guitarist Lars Frederiksen, who said he asked his son if he wanted to celebrate his 12th birthday with his dad’s band and the Misfits, or if he wanted to go see Iron Maiden at the same venue the night prior. He said the kid rejected the offer to see his band almost instantly, saying “Maiden bro!” Aside from that anecdote, other highlights from the group’s set included performances of “Fall Back Down,” “Time Bomb,” and “Ruby Soho.”

After Rancid, the legendary Misfits descended upon the stage to bring Halloween to the crowd 50 days early. The band opened with “Death Comes Reaping,” before launching into “I Turned Into A Martian” and “Vampira.” The nearly 30 song set was amazing and the band sounded absolutely incredible. Despite the years of feuding between Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only, everything went off without a hitch. Danzig’s vocals were as powerful as ever and Only and Doyle’s stage antics were fun to watch. Having a masterful drummer like Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.) and a killer guitarist like Acey Slade (Dope, Murderdolls, etc.) only enhanced the experience as well. Aside from the music and showmanship, the band also had solid stage production with big screens that changed the imagery for each track, cool light displays, big jack-o’-lanterns, etc. As far as highlights go, it was definitely cool to see the group perform tracks like: “Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?,” “Horror Business,” “Hollywood Babylon,” “Skulls,” Where Eagles Dare,” “Last Caress,” “Die, Die My Darling,” and their closer “We Are 138.” All in all, it was phenomenal show full of timeless classics.

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The Original Misfits Announce New York City Show

The Original Misfits have announced that they will be performing at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY on October 19. Rancid and The Damned will open.

Legal documents recently surfaced and seemed to suggest that the band were only obligated to play 10 shows following a settlement between Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only. However, this show is their 12th to be announced. Here’s the group’s current schedule:

08/17 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino (Psycho Las Vegas)
09/07 Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre (feat. The Distillers, The Damned & Cro-Mags)
09/11 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena (feat. Rancid, The Damned & Cro-Mags)
09/14 Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheatre (feat. The Distillers, The Damned & Cro-Mags)
10/19 New York City, NY – Madison Square Garden (feat. Rancid & The Damned)

The Original Misfits Announce Oakland, CA Concert, Glenn Danzig Says The Band Are “Not Gonna Do Many More” Reunion Shows

The Original Misfits have announced an Oakland, CA show with Rancid, The Damned, and Cro-Mags. The concert will be held at Oracle Arena on September 11. The Misfits’ previous reunion shows have seen Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only performing with Doyle, Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.) and Acey Slade (ex-Murderdolls, etc.).

In other news, Danzig recently told Full Metal Jackie that the Misfits are not planning to do too many more reunion shows [via Loudwire]:

“Well, I don’t tour anymore anyway. Maybe I’ll put together like a week or two shows here on the West Coast, or maybe on the East Coast and that’s it. With the Misfits thing, we just kinda got back together and just decided we’d do it here or there, and just not make it a grind kinda tour. We just want to make each event special. We’re not gonna do many more. I know we just announced Seattle and Denver, but I’m pretty sure there’s not gonna be many more of them.

So people should see it while they can because, I know, next year I go out with Danzig again for Europe and may do some dates here in the States. I gotta do a Danzig Sings Elvis thing – select shows maybe around the country. Those will be more special. There’s no seating. It’s all tables. It’s gonna be a very cool kind of old school vibe. This year I’ve got some time off in between working on the movie, so we decided to do a couple extra shows. Then, that’ll be it I think for a while.”

This news isn’t too surprising considering legal documents recently surfaced and seemed to suggest that the band had a contractual obligation to play 10 shows following a settlement between Danzig and Only. Notably, the Oakland show is their 10th show to be announced. Here’s the group’s remaining dates:

06/29 Los Angeles, CA – Banc Of California Stadium (feat. Rise Against, The Distillers, Anti-Nowhere League, and Cro-Mags)
09/07 Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre (feat. The Distillers, The Damned, and Cro-Mags)
09/11 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena (feat. Rancid, The Damned, and Cro-Mags)
09/14 Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheatre (feat. The Distillers, The Damned, and Cro-Mags)

Rancid, Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, Iron Reagan, Etc. Announce September Tour

Rancid and Pennywise have announced a September North American tour. Suicidal Tendencies, The English Beat, The Aquabats!, Turnstile, Iron Reagan, and Angel Du$t will join them on select dates.

Tour Dates:

09/14 Pittsburgh, PA – The Lots At Sandcastle (feat. Suicidal Tendencies, The English Beat & Iron Reagan)
09/15 Worcester, MA – The Palladium (feat. Suicidal Tendencies, Turnstile & Angel Du$t)
09/17 Toronto, ON – Rebel (feat. The English Beat & Angel Du$t)
09/18 Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre (feat. The English Beat & Angel Du$t)
09/19 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre (feat. The English Beat & Angel Du$t)
09/21 Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion (feat. Suicidal Tendencies, Angel Du$t & The Aquabats!)
09/22 Philadelphia, PA – Skyline Stage @ The Mann (feat. Suicidal Tendencies, The English Beat & Angel Du$t)
09/26 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues (feat. The English Beat & Iron Reagan)
09/27 Salt Lake City, UT – The Union Event Center (feat. The English Beat & Iron Reagan)
09/28 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre (feat. The English Beat & Iron Reagan)

Blink-182, Slayer, Bikini Kill, Rise Against, Etc. Set For 2019 Riot Fest

The lineup has been revealed for the 2019 Riot Fest. The event will take place at Douglas Park in Chicago, IL on September 13-15 and the headliners include: Blink-182, Slayer (final Chicago/Milwaukee show), Bikini Kill, The Racounters, and Rise Against.

Here’s the full lineup:

Blink-182
Slayer (final Chicago/Milwaukee show)
Bikini Kill
The Racounters
Rise Against
The Flaming Lips (performing “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots“)
Jawbreaker
Ween (performing “The Mollusk“)
Bloc Party (performing “Silent Alarm“)
Die Antwoord
Patti Smith And Her Band
Taking Back Sunday (performing “Tell All Your Friends“/”Louder Now“)
Rancid
Violent Femmes
Descendents
Manchester Orchestra
The B-52s
Dashboard Confessional (performing “The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most“)
The Story So Far
Avail (performing “Over The James“)
The Struts
Against Me! (performing “Reinventing Axl Rose“/”Transgender Dysphoria Blues“)
Pvris
Pennywise
The Starting Line
Cock Sparrer
Streetlight Manifesto
Anthrax
Neck Deep
Bob Mould
Hot Snakes
American Football
Guided By Voices
Ride
Lucero
Testament
Andrew W.K.
Senses Fail (performing “Let It Enfold You“/”From The Depths Of Dreams“)
The Get Up Kids
Village People
Less Than Jake
Hot Water Music
Glassjaw (performing “Worship & Tribute“)
Gwar
The Selecter (performing “Too Much Pressure“)
Anti-Flag
Nick Lowe with Los Straitjackets
Turnover
The Damned Things
Cursive
Turnstile
Surfer Blood
The Ergs!
Save Ferries
Frank Iero And The Future Violents
White Reaper
Grandson
H2O
Don’t Know How But They Found Me
Hot Mulligan
The Hu
Teenage Bottlerocket
Prof
Cherry Glazerr
Dave Hause & The Mermaid
This Wild Life
The Garden
Drakulas
Dead Swords
Can’t Swim
Caroline Rose
The Beaches
Mat Kerekes
Angel Du$t
Microwave
Pkew Pkew Pkew
Sincere Engineer
Skating Polly
No Parents
Ultra Q
Lando Chill
Cleopartrick
Elder Brother
Thin Lips
Chaos Chaos
Kali Masi
Yours Truly
Ganser
Ramona
Hooray, My Parents Are Here!
The Port-A-Hotties
Anustart
Final Wave

Rancid, Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, Etc. Set For The Bash Festival

The lineup has been revealed for The Bash Music & Craft Beer Festival. The event will be held in seven different cities and it will feature: Rancid, Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, and L7. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Madball, H2O, Sharp Shock, and No!se will also perform at select shows. Here’s the dates:

05/11 Phoenix AZ – Margaret T. Hance Park (no Pennywise) (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones & H2O)
05/12 Tucson AZ – Rillito Park Racetrack (with H2O)
06/02 Englishtown NJ – Old Bridge Township Raceway (with Madball)
06/08 Boise ID – Memorial Stadium
06/09 Tacoma WA – America’s Car Museum (with Noi!se)
06/15 Santa Clara CA – Santa Clara County Fairgrounds (with Sharp Shock)
06/16 Sacramento CA – Papa Murphy’s Park (with Sharp Shock)

The Offspring, Rancid, NOFX, Etc. Set For 2019 Camp Anarchy Festival

The initial lineup has been revealed for the inaugural Camp Anarchy festival. That event will take place at Legend Valley outside of Columbus, OH on May 31-June 2 and it will feature music, camping, craft beer, fair games and more. Here’s the daily lineups:

May 31: The Offspring, X, Fear, Sick Of It All, Strung Out, and Death By Stereo.

June 1: Rancid, Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, The Damned, OFF!, A Wilhelm Scream, and Voodoo Glow Skulls.

June 2: NOFX, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, T.S.O. L., and The Bronx.