The Original Misfits Reunion Shows Are Reportedly Part Of A Legal Settlement

When The Original Misfits announced their first reunion shows, it was pretty surprising considering Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only had been in a lengthy legal dispute over the band’s trademarks and profits. The performances ended up going good and the band continued booking concerts, leading many to believe the two no longer had any animosity towards each other. However, D.X. Ferris has since obtained legal documents for MetalSucks that seem to suggest that the whole reunion was just a contractual obligation following a settlement between the musicians.

Before they reunited, the trademark dispute appeared to turn against Danzig, but Only apparently decided to make a deal in an effort to get the singer to front the band for 10 reunion shows. The unsigned draft of the settlement that MetalSucks got a hold of included the following provisions:

– The parties would co-own the classic Misfits graphics (1977 through 1983), including the Crimson Ghost Fiend skull and the Misfits horror-font logo. Jerry Only would receive 100% of the income from “Fiend Skull derivatives” relating to his time leading the band without Danzig after the 1995 settlement, with Danzig retaining 100% ownership of his Misfits designs during that period as well.

– Official Misfits shirts would be available via a high-powered cabal: Live Nation would produce Fiend Skull T-shirts and sell them to Hot Topic.

– Jerry Only and his company would continue to have the exclusive rights to perform and record as The Misfits. For the reunion shows, according to this draft, Danzig and Only would partner 50/50 as The Original Misfits, pay the rest of the band as hired guns, and split the profits.

– This is the important part: according to the draft of the settlement, “The parties agree to perform no fewer than ten (10) Misfits reunion shows to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the band.”

The group have already played six shows and currently have the following three booked:

06/29 Los Angeles, CA – Banc Of California Stadium
09/07 Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
09/14 Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheatre

Assuming the final settlement is similar to the draft, the band still have one more show to be announced, unless they change their minds and do more. Considering how much money the band have been making from these concerts, it wouldn’t be too shocking if they did decide to keep going.

You can read more over at MetalSucks.

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Cedric Bixler-Zavala Says The Mars Volta Reunion Is “Happening”

While responding to fans in some since deleted tweets, Cedric Bixler-Zavala said The Mars Volta will be reuniting. Pitchfork are also reporting that the frontman seemed to hint that him and guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López have been working on new material as well.

Bixler-Zavala said “it’s happening” after a fan tweeted: “I dream of you guys giving TMV a new chapter.” Prior to that, he also told another fan that him and Rodríguez-López have been “in the kitchen finding new ways to through [sic] curve balls.” He then added the following in another deleted tweet:

“What it’s NOT going to be is your ‘fav member lineup’ playing their ‘classic records’ in full etc. Maybe we’ll play old shit, who knows how we feel. Just remember our past campaigns never relied on playing requests or going fully backwards …it’s new shit, new people, left turns , tangent inconsistencies, mazapan dreams and churro wishes. I will say this though, when ORL played me a grip of new shit I fucking cried. Like Claire Daines in Romeo & Juliet cried. Yeah it was fucking weird. It’s in its infancy right now. No deadlines, no ball tripping, no drama, just 2 grown ass men using essential oils and bold new perfumes shooting ideas and scooting their ass across the fucking lawn trying to get rid of these worms.”

Furthermore, Pitchfork also said that Bixler-Zavala seemed to suggest that the band’s back catalog will be reissued in high quality as well.

Michael Angelo Batio Says The Nitro Reunion Has Been Scrapped

Back in 2016, Michael Angelo Batio and Jim Gillette relaunched Nitro with Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler and the trio were supposed to record a new album with guest bassist Victor Wooten, but now it appears that the reunion has officially been scrapped. Batio confirmed the news during a recent interview with “The Ultimate Guitars Shred Talks”, while also revealing that he is working on “a solo record based on some of those songs.”

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Batio said the following when asked about the album:

“It’s gone. I’m best friends with Jim Gillette — we’re like brothers. We never had an argument, even back in the old days. NITRO didn’t break up [in the early 1990s] ’cause we got mad at each other. It was the grunge era. Young ‘hair metal’ bands, all of us, from L.A. were considered old-fashioned, and it was just timing. And then Jim went on to do fantastic in real estate, and I went on to continue my career. But we just can’t go back. I love NITRO, I love that time, and I’m proud of it, but after we did a few songs [with Adler], we did a tour together, we all realized… But I’m gonna be doing a solo record based on some of those songs. It’s coming out on Rat Pak Records later this year. It’s slated in the fall release schedule. And I’ve got a couple of songs with Chris on there and Victor Wooten.”

[via Blabbermouth]

All Shall Perish Are Still Working On New Music

Back in 2015, All Shall Perish announced that they were planning to return with a lineup consisting of Eddie Hermida (Vocals), Ben Orum (Guitar), Chris Storey (Guitar), Caysen Russo (Bass), Matt Kuykendall (Drums), and Craig Betit (Additional Vocals). The band have yet to release any new music, but they did recently post a new update on Facebook:

“ASP is not dead. We have some challenges to deal with, but new music is being created. Thank you to all of our loyal fans who still write to us every day!”

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Staind Appear To Be Teasing Their Return

Staind have posted a new teaser clip that seems to suggest that they are getting ready to make their return. The 17-second video has been posted on the band’s social media accounts with the caption “Stay tuned.” This news comes after frontman Aaron Lewis recently hinted at their return during a solo show.

Crossbreed To Reunite For New Song & One-Off Show

Crossbreed have announced that they will be returning to the stage for a one-off show in Cleveland, OH later this year. With this news, the band have also confirmed that they are working a new song.

The group simply posted the following:

“CROSSBREED Live…….1 NIGHT ONLY…….THIS OCTOBER…..DETAILS TO COME! James Rietz

*hint, the city CB will be playing in, rhymes with STEVELAND”

Frontman James Rietz also followed up with his own statement after fans assumed it was just an April Fool’s prank:

“SO, as I posted yesterday and most thought was an APRIL FOOL’s prank, it was not! HA HA!

I will be performing for 1 night only in Cleveland (STEVELAND) as CROSSBREED with some familiar faces, for no other reason than to ROCK!

PLEASE, no offers to fill in, It’s 1 show, it’s covered already with some band members, and other special guests.

Working on a new song with Seven Dunbar that I’ve always wanted to do, currently in production. When it’s done, video time!!!!

WHY? Why the fuck not! Tired of watching all the nu-metal bands, having all the fun, and I want in…..for 1 NIGHT ONLY!”

[via The PRP]

Aaron Lewis Teases Staind’s Return

It looks like Staind may be getting ready to return from hiatus. Frontman Aaron Lewis teased the news during his March 9 show in Oklahoma City, OK. He said the following:

“So what if I told you that Staind is coming back next year? I might be lying, but I might not. There might even be live shows this year. I can’t say for sure. You never know.”

[via Blabbermouth]