The most anticipated reunion in Punk Rock history finally happened.
On May 19, 2018, Original members of the Misfits played a sold-out show at the Prudential Center in Newark New Jersey. Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only, and Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein went back to where it at all began, a teenage dream, now a reality. With the help of Dave Lombardo (Slayer) on drums and Acey Slade (Acey Slade & the Dark Party) on guitar, The Original Misfits effortlessly performed for about 75 minutes and from beginning to end thousands of fans sung along to all of our favorite classics.
The morning of May 19 was a gloomy one, rain poured down all day. The merch booth opened outside prudential at 12 pm, from the moment they opened hundred of FIENDS lined up throughout the day buying merch, a little rain never hurt anyone so many were soaked waiting in line patiently for their turn. Some FIENDS were spending hundreds of dollars on merch, something I had never seen before. One thing I really enjoyed about this day was having the opportunity to meet people from all over the 50 states and all over the world, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, U.K, Argentina, Mexico, Germany just to name a few. All of the local bars next to the Prudential Center were packed from noon till the peak hours of May 20th. Some bars had five dollars MISFITS shot specials for the fans, everyone knew what this meant for their hometown, to have the boys back doing what they do best.
The moment of truth
I was standing in the General Admission area in a sea of people I glance up only to see more and more fiends jammed packed to the top of the dome. We all know Misfits had a big influence on the horror punk sub-genre movement and they opened so many doors for other bands. Although this was their first performance in NJ in the past 35 years it felt like they never left. I had been to the first reunion in Denver, I also attended the reunion show in Los Angeles but this did not compare to either of those shows. There was chemistry between Danzig and Only, they smiled at each other and high fived, it was raw and in your face without skipping a beat, the true definition of Horror Business. The lighting and the backdrop imagery was perfect with classic photos of the Misfits in their early days. The pit circle was like a tornado of bodies nonstop, I’ve seen pit circles on the West Coast, nothing compared to what I saw that night. There was a moment where Glenn started doing the introduction to Violent World, and as he stood there on the stage thousands of fans were on their feet looking back at him, capturing the moment hoping it would never end.
The Original Misfits said it would never happen, they have their differences, and they may or may not get along, but on the night of May 19, 2018, their sold-out performance at the Prudential was one for the history books in the music world. Fans waited for that moment for over 30 years! Let me tell you, it was worth the wait.
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