Danzig Only Did the Misfits Reunion Due to Legal Reasons: Report

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Jun 12, 2019

Coming as a bit of a bombshell, a report has emerged that Glenn Danzig only reunited with the Misfits to end his decades-long legal battle over the band's trademark and profits. What's more, it seems this "Original Misfits" reunion has a very definite end date, and it's coming up fast. 

According to legal papers uncovered by MetalSucks, Danzig ended decades of vicious fighting, both in and out of court, with Misfits bassist Jerry Only primarily — if not entirely — to put an end to their longstanding legal dispute over the Misfits' legacy, especially when that came to the band's trademark and profits.

"The parties agree to perform no fewer than ten (10) Misfits reunion shows to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the band," the legal documents uncovered by MetalSucks read. "The parties shall split all proceeds (including merch for the tour as well as any reunion-specific merch to be sold at retail) from any such reunion endeavors 50/50 after deduction of expenses."

If you add up the math, that means that the Misfits' Seattle show on September 14 would mark the band's 10th reunion concert since getting back together in 2016, meaning it could very well be their last.

Shedding more light on the reunion, the legal docs continued: "If either side fails to perform the agreed-upon number of reunion shows, the parties agree to submit to final and binding arbitration under the Commercial Rules of Arbitration of the American Arbitration Association, by one or more arbitrators appointed in accordance with those Rules, to determine the amount of any damages sustained by the non-breaching party."

The documents also go on to state that only Danzig and Jerry Only were to lead the reunion, while other musicians such as Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, Dave Lombardo and Acey Slade would only acts as "employees" of the band.

"The parties agree to share all expenses related to reunion endeavors 50/50 unless otherwise mutually agreed in writing (e.g., in the event a third party will pay). Any other performers will be paid as employees," the legal papers read.

Despite the MetalSucks report, neither Danzig nor Only has responded to the claims that the reunion was simply a way to finally end their ongoing legal disputes. That said, you can read the entire MetalSucks report, as well as the uncovered legal documents, over here.

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