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