The Misfits

Photo by Mick Rock © 2011 http://www.mickrock.com

Photo by Mick Rock © 2011

The MisFits

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre at The Paramount NY

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre show at the Paramount NY on a Friday the 13th in February was indeed an interesting one.  The intro music was the theme music from “Friday the 13th –Which led to the opening song of Halloween, followed by Hybrid Moments and Horror business. Seeing the generations of “fiends” in the audience interactions with the music and moshing including the youngest who couldn’t have been more than 10 years old, (and who Jerry Only pointed out during the show.) to the oldest probably being me… it was indeed a VERY reactive show. 

I will note that the reason there are no “show” photo’s with this story is that the band requested no photography, so if you wish to view photos you’ll have to go to their website or google them.

I enjoyed the venture of being the “cool” mom for the night and bringing along my daughter. If it wasn’t for her I’d have left after the first mosh pit riot. The band had two full sets of music (34) to keep the crowd going all night long, however I soon became the “boring” mom and left after song #24 “Vampire Girl”!  I enjoyed the show even with the new lineup…Hell we’re all old. They kept it true to the MisFits from back in the day and I wasn’t disappointed. Read more about them below:

ARTIST BIO (from the Misfits.com)

In 1977, at the dawn of the punk movement the Misfits set out to make an impression, and created a legacy that has truly withstood the test of time. Immortalizing black and white B horror films in their music, the Misfits developed a ghoulish and totally unique persona that’s consistently evolved, while remaining true to its roots. The band’s iconic “Fiend Skull” logo has become a staple in pop culture and an instantly recognizable symbol worldwide. Bands across the spectrum of rock have covered their material, including Metallica, Guns ‘n’ Roses, My Chemical Romance and countless others citing the ‘Fits as a key influence. Boasting a massive catalog of music, a new lineup, (consistently helmed by founding member Jerry Only), and an influence felt around the world, the Misfits are generating more interest today than ever before.

Thematically, the band’s music continues to focus on their time-honored fascination with vampires, monsters, and alien invasion. “We are the Misfits after all,” warns Only about the band’s refusal to address worldly issues, he explains, “Fiends who buy our records and come to see us perform enter another world – from the guy all the way back in the balcony, to the guy getting his head banged around in the front – they come to have a good time. And we make sure they have it. “

Today, The Misfits remain more aggressive, more topical and more sought after than ever before, fronted by Jerry Only (Bass/Vocals) with Dez Cadena on guitar, (celebrating his 10th anniversary in the band this year), the latest addition to the fiendish fold is drummer Eric “Chupacabra” Arce behind the kit. Arce, or “Chupacabra” as he’s now known, has been a fixture in the ‘Fits touring lineup for over a decade, and recently inducted a permanent member upon the retirement of original Misfits drummer Robo, who’d passed the torch in 2010.

One thing is certain, The Misfits are here to stay and every day is Halloween. http://www.misfits.com and shop for their music and merch by going here: http://shop.misfitsrecords.com

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