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The Misfits

First Fleet Concerts, Phenomenon & S.A.W. Events Presents

The Misfits

The Abacinators, Drop Dead Blvd., Angelust

Sun, November 4, 2012

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

The Castle Theatre

Bloomington, IL

$25.00 - $30.00

This event is all ages

The Misfits
The Misfits
From hell they came… 30 years ago in a small town in New Jersey called Lodi. It was there, at the dawn
of the punk movement in April 1977, that the Misfits were born. Taking for their name the title of Marilyn
Monroe's final movie, they set out to make an impression. They wound up making history and creating a
legacy that has truly withstood the test of time. Today, boasting a massive catalog of music old and new,
a new lineup and an influence felt around the world, the Misfits are generating more interest than ever
From its inception, the Misfits were primal. Their music was aggressive, confrontational and dangerous
with violent lyrics as seen through the eyes of a monster, coupled with timeless vocal melodies bred
from 1950ʼs rock and roll. Immortalizing black and white B horror films in their music, the Misfits
developed a ghoulish and totally unique persona; from their hand made musical weapons to the stiletto
hairstyle they called the "devil lock." It was the early days of punk and they had created a rebellion all
their own.
Over thirty years on, the Misfits have endured hardcoreʼs heyday as punk rockʼs monster squad, a band
whose cult following – a pseudo-secret coven known as the Fiend Club – inspired them to continue to
write, record and tour. These "Fiends" (as their fans are known), which are still multiplying globally, go
back now several generations and also includes many artists. In fact, bands across the spectrum of rock
have offered their tribute by covering the bandʼs material, including Guns ʻn Roses, with the classic
Misfits song "Attitude;" My Chemical Romance who revisited the classic "Astro Zombies" for the
soundtrack to "Tony Hawkʼs American Wasteland" video game, and Metallica who covered no less than
three Misfits songs on their double CD set "Garage Days Revisited," while hailing the band as a key
influence on their music. A tribute album entitled "Violent World" featured the likes of Prong, NOFX and
Sick of It All.
The iconic "Fiend Skull," (the official symbol of the group), which was once crudely painted on their
equipment, leather jackets and everything they could get their hands on, has since become a staple in
pop culture, and an instantly recognizable symbol worldwide. Highly collectible and sought after, Misfits
memorabilia has appeared in films and on television and continues to be worn publicly by actors,
musicians and athletes who acknowledge the bandʼs cool factor. Asked why this hunger for all things
Misfits endured, Jerry Only ventures "I think we created a niche. We stuck to what we did, and we did it
well. We never tried to pull something over on people - we just tried to entertain 'em while rocking 'em
real hard. Besides, I think the love of the horror art form has endured." The impact of the Misfits and
their music on pop culture has become a phenomenon in and of itself.
After a split with former singer Glenn Danzig in the mid 1980's and a decade-long legal battle, The
Misfits was resurrected by founding member Jerry Only, returning stronger than ever with their first
album of new material, "American Psycho". Released in 1997 on Geffen Records and debuting at #117
on Billboardʼs Top 200, the CD reestablished the Misfits as one of the most aggressive and still relevant
outfits in modern rock history. "It was great making a new record and getting back in touch with our
fans," says Only. "Sticking to our punk roots, the longest song on the album is three minutes and nine
cuts are under two. We still had the classic backup vocals, the '50s sounding chord progressions, the
different beats, but the sound of our instrumentation was way better than what was possible when we
started out."
The music videos for "American Psycho", ("Dig Up Her Bones" & "American Psycho" directed by John
Cafiero) could be found topping the charts on music television outlets throughout the world, within the
then-uncharted territory of online entertainment, as well as on the big screen. Theatrical screenings ran
in film festivals both in and outside the U.S. garnering "Best of Fest" nods as well as award nominations
from the Horror Writers Association. The Misfits and their "Fiend Club" also became instrumental in
petitioning for the release of the U.S. Classic Movie Monster Stamp series which, among other of their
heroes, featured Bela Lugosi Sr., as Dracula, Ben Chapman as the Creature from the Black Lagoon,
and of course, Boris Karloff as Frankenstein.
The Misfitsʼ follow-up album, "Famous Monsters", was released in 1999 on Roadrunner Records and
went on to become one of the biggest selling titles ever for Roadrunner Japan, debuting at #138 on
Billboardʼs Top 200. The supporting music video "Scream" (which featured the band as zombies) was
directed by George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead), who offered his services in exchange for two
original Misfits songs to be featured (along with the band itself) in his film "Bruiser". Even the toy industry
took notice, bestowing the honor of "Action Figure of the Year" to the 12" G.I. Joe-styled Jerry Only
action figure which was released at that time. In the year 2000, the Misfits were named #91 in VH-1's
"100 Greatest Hard Rock Bands of all Time".
Thematically, the bandʼs music continued to focus on their time-honored fascination with vampires,
monsters, and alien invasion. "We are the Misfits after all," warns Only about the band's refusal to
address worldly issues, he explains, "fiends who buy our records and come to see us perform enter
another world - from the guy all the way back in the balcony, to the guy getting his head banged around
in the front - they come to have a good time. And we make sure they have it. They can hear about social
and political issues somewhere else."
In 2003, the band released MISFITS PROJECT 1950. The album includes special guests appearances
by Ronnie Spector, Blondieʼs Jimmy Destri, and many more, showcasing punk covers of 50ʼs era
classics like "This Magic Moment" (Jay and the Americans), "Dream Lover" (Bobby Darin) and "Donna"
(Richie Valens). Only, who had the project in mind for many years, says "the backbone of punk has
always been the 3-chord progression which was ultimately inspired by classic rock and roll of the 1950's.
I had always wanted to record some of the music that inspired the Misfits, to show fiends where it all
began." Released independently on the newly formed Misfits Records label imprint, the CD debuted on
Billboard's Heatseekers Chart at #2, and Billboard's Top Independent album chart at #5. Notably the
highest charting release in the entire 30-plus year legacy of the Misfits, "Project 1950" also marked the
first full-length release to feature Jerry Only on both lead vocals and Bass, with former Black Flag alum
Dez Cadena on guitar.
Today, The Misfits remain more aggressive, more topical and more sought after than ever before,
fronted by Jerry Only (Bass/Vocals) with Dez Cadena on guitar, (celebrating his 10th anniversary in the
band as of 2011), with the latest addition to the fiendish fold; drummer Eric "Chupacabra" Arce behind
the kit. Arce, or "Chupacabra" as heʼs now known, has been a fixture in the ʻFits touring lineup for over a
decade, and recently inducted a permanent member upon the retirement of original Misfits drummer
Robo, whoʼd passed the torch in 2010.
Now, the ʻFits return with their first full-length release of all-new, original material in nearly a decade!
Rooted in the horror and sci-fi themes their audience craves, THE DEVILʼS RAIN showcases 16
fiendish, soon-to-be Misfits classics including "Twilight of the Dead", "Dark Shadows", "Curse of the
Mummyʼs Hand" and the title track "The Devilʼs Rain". Produced by Ed Stasium, (whoʼs credits include
the Ramonesʼ "Road to Ruin" and "Too Tough to Die", as well as the Misfitsʼ 1999 release "Famous
Monsters"), the album showcases a jaw-dropping, two-panel front/back cover painting featuring the
rebirth of the bandʼs iconic "Fiend" mascot in an epic setting rendered by Arthur Suydam (known for his
immensely popular work on the Marvel Zombies series, among others). The packaging, designed to
emulate a CD sized gatefold LP, also features some incredible new Misfits portraits shot by the
legendary Mick Rock. Rockʼs imagery has become part of the very fabric of rock ʻnʼ roll. Having also
served as an on-set photographer for cult-movie classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", Rock lends a
perfectly suited eye to view the bandʼs surrealistic and highly theatrical persona. "The Devilʼs Rain" is not
just a continuation of a historic legacy, itʼs a total reboot ushering in a new era of terror. In a sense, itʼs
the debut album from the legendary Misfits of this decade. From fans of their classics, to newcomers
discovering the band for the very first time, "The Devilʼs Rain" sets the bar, and redefines the ferocity
and melody that has made the Misfits omnipresent and immortal.
The band continues to sell out shows and draw thousands of fans night after night around the globe.
"When fans come to a Misfits show, they get a band who gets up there and gives them all theyʼve got,"
says Only. "We give them the real thing - thatʼs how weʼve always done it. At a show, everyone's just
part of the band, there's no them and us - we're all us." It is this inclusive approach and attitude of
dedication and devotion to fans that have kept the group alive.
Aside from an inventive approach to music and its intense and extraordinary visual presentation, the
Misfitsʼ all-encompassing and fierce DIY mentality continues to drive their efforts. From their compound
in the far reaches of North Jersey, which includes a family owned machine shop and appropriately
enough a knife factory, they craft their own instruments – from their guitars, amps and drums - down to
the studded leather straps and even their spiked leather jackets. Creativity rules as they design and
construct their own elaborate stage sets and wide array of infamous props.
The Misfits have been preserved on determination bound by unequaled loyalty to their fiends and the
sheer will to survive. "Its been over 30 years and 30 years from now, people will still be playing our
albums because we will never water down what we do," Only says. "Our goal is to keep perspective on
who we are and always stay true to ourselves. The new album will only reinforce how potent the band
has become with time. We plan to continue as always, to eclipse the past, block the sun and drag
humanity by the throat into a world of darkness filled with ghouls, goblins and creatures of the night,
where we are king."
One thing is certain, The Misfits are here to stay and once again, every day is Halloween.
Venue Information:
The Castle Theatre
209 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL, 61701