Ghoulish Rockers Misfits Shoot Video, Announce Tour Dates

Punk band films clip with horror director George Romero; U.S. trek to hit Chicago on Halloween.

Fresh from shooting a video with their hero, horror master George

Romero ("Night of the Living Dead"), scare-rockers the Misfits will

take to the road in October for a 24-date tour that will feature a

Halloween show at Chicago's Riviera Theatre.

The long-running band, known for their skeleton make-up, dangling

"devil lock" forelocks and macabre punk songs like "I Turned Into a

Martian" (RealAudio excerpt),

will release their latest album, Famous Monsters, Oct. 5.

The group recently filmed a cameo in Romero's latest scare-fest,

"Bruiser," according to spokesperson Veronique Cordier. Romero

reciprocated by directing the video for Famous Monsters'

first single, "Scream," which also appears in the film.

"He is my favorite director of all time," Misfits bassist Jerry

Only said in a statement. "He has the ability to bring out fear and

intensity in the action and still have fun, which is exactly what

Misfits are all about. Romero is the king of the zombies!"

The group formed in 1977 in New Jersey with then-lead singer Glenn

Danzig leading the charge. Their primitive, ghoulish-punk sound and

look borrowed heavily from B-grade horror-movie posters, much of the

Misfits' style is summed up in their iconic symbol, a menacing skull

affectionately dubbed the Fiend.

In keeping with their sometimes cartoonish image, the band will be

immortalized in plastic around the time of the album's release, when

21st Century Toys issues action figures of Only and guitarist Doyle

Von Frankenstein, according to Cordier.

Misfits tour dates:

Oct. 12; Cincinnati, Ohio; Bogart's

Oct. 13; St. Louis, Mo.; Pop's Annex

Oct. 14; Dallas, Texas; Deep Ellum Live

Oct. 16; Mesa, Ariz.; The Nile

Oct. 17; Pomona, Calif.; Glass House

Oct. 18; San Francisco, Calif.; Maritime Hall

Oct. 19; Los Angeles, Calif.; Palace

Oct. 20; Las Vegas, Nev.; The Joint

Oct. 21; Petaluma, Calif.; Phoenix Theater

Oct. 22; Portland, Ore.; Roseland

Oct. 23; Seattle, Wash.; DV8

Oct. 25; Salt Lake City, Utah; Horticultural Building

Oct. 26; Denver, Colo.; Ogden Theater

Oct. 27; Lawrence, Kan.; Granada

Oct. 28; Milwaukee, Wis.; The Rave

Oct. 29; Cleveland, Ohio; Agora Theater

Oct. 30; Detroit, Mich.; Harpo's

Oct. 31; Chicago, Ill.; Riviera Theater

Nov. 1; Minneapolis, Minn.; 1st Avenue

Nov. 3; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Metropol

Nov. 4; Philadelphia, Pa.; Electric Factory

Nov. 5; Worcester, Mass.; Palladium

Nov. 6; Waterbury, Conn.; City Limits

Nov. 7; Washington, D.C.; 9:30 Club