LIVE: The Misfits

The Misfits, D.I. and She Demons plundered Observatory North Park on Sunday, June 21, with raging punk and metal.

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The Misfits headlined a night of blazing rock at the Observatory North Park on Sunday, June 21.
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D.I., a SoCal punk band featuring ex-Adolescents and Social Distortion drummer Casey Royer on vocals (pictured), opened the show.
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She Demons were the other opener of the night.
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The Misfits are a punk band often recognized as the progenitors of the horror punk sub-genre, blending punk rock and other musical influences with horror film themes and imagery.
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Founded in 1977 in Lodi, New Jersey, by singer and songwriter Glenn Danzig, the group had a fluctuating lineup during its first six years, with Danzig and bassist Jerry Only (pictured) as the only consistent members.
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During this time they released -- with Only's brother Doyle as guitarist -- several EPs and singles, including the albums "Walk Among Us" (1982) and "Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood" (1983) -- both considered touchstones of the early-1980s hardcore punk movement.
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The Misfits disbanded in 1983, and Danzig went on to form Samhain and then the eponymous Danzig.
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After a series of legal battles with Danzig, Only and Doyle regained the rights to record and perform as the Misfits.
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They formed a new version of the band in 1995 with singer Michale Graves and drummer Dr. Chud. This incarnation of the Misfits had a sound much more rooted in heavy metal.
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After dissolving in 2000, Jerry Only then took over lead vocals and recruited former Black Flag guitarist Dez Cadena and former Ramones drummer Marky Ramone for a Misfits 25th anniversary tour.
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This lineup released an album of cover songs entitled "Project 1950" and toured for several years.
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In 2005, Ramone was replaced by Robo, who had played with Black Flag in the early 1980s and had also previously been the Misfits' drummer from 1982 to 1983.
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The Misfits' current lineup of Only, Cadena and drummer Eric "Chupacabra" Arce released an album titled "The Devil's Rain" in October 2011.
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D.I.’s Royer formed the group after he and former Social Distortion original member Rikk Agnew (also formerly of Christian Death), left the original Mike Ness Social Distortion crew.
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Since forming in 1981, D.I. has had many line-up changes, with Royer being the only consistent member of the band.
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The lineup usually consists of former members of the Adolescents and Social Distortion (including the Agnew brothers, Rikk and Alfie).
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The band has influenced modern day punk bands like Face to Face, Guttermouth, Jughead’s Revenge, the Offspring and Pennywise.
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Members of the band also joined up with Daddy X and the Dirtball of the Kottonmouth Kings in 2010 to create the punk-rock group the X-Pistols.
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She Demons played their fourth-ever show at the Observatory.
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The band was actually put together by Misfits’ singer Jerry Only.
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Only has said about them, “I see these very talented girls as the kind kids can look up to. They are so talented and focused.”
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They combine old-school ‘60s doo-wop and ‘70s hard rock with punk and metal.
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