Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo is the latest musician to join punk band Misfits for their reunion tour. The band play their first gig at Riot Fest in Denver next week and will feature founding members Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only.
Misfits formed in 1977 with the original line up of singer Glenn Danzig, bassist Jerry Only and drummer Manny Martinez. They released their first album ‘Walk Among Us’ in 1982 and became one of the biggest names in the US punk scene. Misfits were one of the first artists to mash together punk music with horror movie imagery, and are one of the biggest cult bands to have ever existed. Despite not being incredibly well known around the world, Misfits have had a huge influence on modern rock music, with bands such as Metallica, Alkaline Trio and My Chemical Romance all citing Misfits as one of their major inspirations.
Lead songwriter Glenn Danzig left to band in 1983 just two months before the release of their second LP ‘Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood’. Since Danzig’s departure the band have gone through almost 20 different members and appeared in various guises over the years.
Now, the band are back with Danzig, Only, long term guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein and newest recruit Dave Lombardo. The reunion comes as a huge surprise to fans, as only two years ago Danzig was involved in a failed lawsuit against Only over merchandising rights.
Glenn Danzig had this to say about Lombardo’s induction into the band: “I first met Dave back in 1988 when Danzig did four shows with Slayer in the U.S., before the first Danzig album was released,”
“Dave is one of the best drummers around, and I can’t wait for everyone to see him pounding Misfits songs live for these special shows.”