Misfits Charge On After Losing Singer, Drummer

Misfits singer Michale Graves and drummer Dr. Chud stormed off an Orlando, Florida, stage during a show last month and have left the band, according to a statement on the band's Web site.

The statement, confirmed by spokespeople for the group, said the two quit during an October 25 show at Orlando's House of Blues shortly after guitarist Doyle left the stage in frustration due to equipment problems. The statement says Graves had announced earlier in the set that he would be quitting the band on Halloween.

Left onstage alone, bassist Jerry Only, the band's sole remaining original member, performed the song "138" by himself.

Only and Doyle, who are brothers, recruited original Misfits drummer Joey Image for two more shows in Florida, at which Only performed vocal duties. He continued to sing for the band until an October 28 gig in Irvine, California, where the band was fronted by Ignite vocalist Zoli Teglas, who had once filled in for Graves when Ignite

and the Misfits toured Canada in early October.

The band has also been joined on some dates by Ken "Renfield" Schalk, drummer with New York rap-metal band Candiria. Schalk will continue to fill in with the Misfits from time to time.

Teglas is scheduled to sing with the Misfits at several more U.S. shows throughout November, and Only is expected to front the band for shows that Teglas cannot make. Teglas is also confirmed for the band's upcoming South American and Japanese tours.

Graves was recruited by the band when the Misfits reformed after a long court battle with original vocalist Glenn Danzig. Graves sang with the band on their first post-Danzig release, 1997's American Psycho, and again on Famous Monsters (1999). He was replaced briefly by touring vocalist Michael Hideous before returning to the band.

Danzig has kept busy with a solo career as well as his short-lived outfit Samhain since the breakup of the original Misfits in the

'80s. The Misfits released their best-known material with Danzig, and he and Only fought a long court battle over the publishing rights to the band's songs, its Caroline Records back catalog and the group's name.

The Misfits were posthumously elevated from cult punk status in part by Metallica, who have covered Misfits songs on record as recently as 1998's Garage Inc.

Since reforming, the Misfits have toured relentlessly, releasing two albums and even having their likenesses sculpted into action figures. A 25th anniversary tour is planned for next year.

Spokespeople for Roadrunner Records, Zoli Teglas and Jerry Only declined comment for this story.

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