In preparation for the Misfits upcoming shows at the Observatory in Santa Ana, which will see the legendary Jersey outfit preforming their first three records (Static Age, Walk Among Us, and Earth AD) over the course of three nights, from June 18th to the 20th. The band, as an added bonus, has teamed up with director Jason Baker and legendary FX artist Tom Savini (Night of the Living Dead) to create a series of short films to serve as the backdrop during the bands performance.
Misfits vocalist and bassist, Jerry Only told Fangoria:
“We are rolling into our 40th Anniversary and we wanted to revisit our original records. We had a calling for it out in California. One of the clubs out there wanted us to do three nights in a row at the same venue and showcase our first three albums from the late ‘70s to early ‘80s. We had come to the conclusion that we would try and make it like a mini-horror film where we would show different horror films in the back and obviously came to the realization that trying to get people to give you permission to use horror films is a very complicated process and normally very expensive.”
The most enticing bit of information comes from the involvement of Doug Bradly who is best known as from his role as Pinhead in the Hellraiser films. Bradly makes his cameo as a Van Helsing type character and can be briefly seen in the Misfits.com teaser trailer posted below.
These shows serve as the kick off to the first leg of the band’s 2015 tour, which sees the addition of guitarist, Marc Rizzo (previously of Soulfly, Ill Nino, and Cavalera Conspiracy on second guitar) and Jerry Caiafa II (Son of Jerry Only) following the departure of Black Flag’s Dez Cadena late last year.
The Misfits most recent record, the Devil’s Rain (2011) was released to lukewarm reviews, though the recent shuffling of musicians and addition of a second guitarist could be the start of a new chapter for the band and possibly return to the heavier “Resurrection” era of the 1990’s that saw the release of American Psycho and Famous Monsters. This could be a move that offers the band redemption for last years “Horror Xmas” single that saw the Misfits covering such tracks as “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Blue Christmas.”
06/18/15 SANTA ANA, CA @ THE OBSERVATORY
06/19/15 SANTA ANA, CA @ THE OBSERVATORY
06/20/15 SANTA ANA, CA @ THE OBSERVATORY
06/21/15 SAN DIEGO, CA @ THE OBSERVATORY NORTH PARK
07/25/15 PHILADELPHIA, PA @ THE ELECTRIC FACTORY
07/31/15 VYSKOV, CZECH REPUBLIC @ FEST POD PAROU
08/01/15 LONDON, UK @ O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON
08/02/15 MANCHESTER, UK @ CLUB ACADEMY
08/03/15 GLASGOW, UK @ QUEEN MARGARET UNION
08/04/15 BRISTOL, UK @ MOTION BRISTOL
08/05/15 SOUTHAMPTON, UK @ ENGINE ROOMS SOUTHAMPTON
08/06/15 BLACKPOOL, UK @ REBELLION FESTIVAL
08/08/15 NASHVILLE, TN @ INK N IRON FESTIVAL
09/26/15 POZO, CA @ PICNIC IN POZO FESTIVAL