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Friday, October 23, 2009

What to Do Tonight: The Misfits

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 8:46 AM

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The Misfits’ skull logo appears on everything from shoes to jewelry these days. How exactly did a punk band achieve this level of brand saturation? Thirty or so years ago, the originators of horror-punk offered something freshly packaged but perpetually in fashion: pure escapism. And they’re quite good at it. Former frontman Glenn Danzig is long gone, and it’s unlikely the band will ever surpass “Mommy Can I Go Out & Kill Tonight?” But they’ve survived internal lawsuits and continued performing (often in costumes that are more suited to comic-book characters than rock stars). These days, singer-bassist Jerry Only is the only original member left. Drummer Robo did some time in the band in early ’80s; guitarist Dez Cadena (like, Robo, a Black Flag alum), has been with the group for eight years. The Misfits are still working their 30th anniversary tour, which comes to Peabody’s (2045 E. 21st St., 216.776.9999, peabodys.com) at 8 p.m. Cult of the Psychic Fetus and Hostile Omish open. Tickets: $20 advance, $23 day of show. — Nick DeMarino

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