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The Misfits

Alison Green

Hands-down the funniest moment of 2016 happened at Riot Fest, during the insanely hyped reunion of Misfits members Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only, and Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein. In the middle of an uncomfortably long stretch of between-song banter, while the front man explained how he thought the giant glowing pumpkins on the stage were “cool as shit,” someone behind me cupped his hands around his mouth and shouted at the top of his lungs, “Shut up, Danzig!” It was the perfect encapsulation of how ridiculous the entire thing was: three men in their 50s and 60s, caked in face paint, wrapped in pleather and mesh, who’d spent the past three decades fighting with one another like children, were finally together in front of thousands of rabid fans, and all Danzig could muster were comments about cool pumpkins and how his “fuckin’ zipper keeps falling down.” Luckily, the original Misfits have one of the most gloriously perfect discographies in the history of punk rock to lean on, so when they weren’t awkwardly rambling and looking goofy, the estranged bandmates—reunited for the first time since 1983 and backed by former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo—could click back into their ragged glory days and play the favorites for a crowd screaming along to all of their signature whoa-ohs. It was as beautiful and thrilling as it was hilarious. If you missed the reunion of the Misfits at Riot Fest, you would be out of your mind to miss this. It’ll be pure joy for any fan of classic punk.   v

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