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Live: Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , on November 7, 2011 by 30daysout

Slayer closed out the third and final day of Fun Fun Fun Fest.

We had Big Fun, if not fun × 3, this past weekend in Austin at the Fun Fun Fun Fest, a mixture of musical (and other) entertainment staged supposedly as an alternative to the bloated, self-important Austin City Limits festival.

FFF stretched out for the first time at Auditorium Shores, which to even the drunkest concertgoer is much more space than ACL has down the road at Zilker Park. The only physical problem this year was apparently blowing dust but on Sunday – the only day we attended – a little rain and less wind reduced the dust problem a bit. Nevertheless it wasn’t unusual to see people walking around with bandannas (or surgical masks) covering their faces.

Wrestling under the cloudy Austin skies at FFF Fest.

We got there in time to witness something called Anarchy Championship Wrestling, which is phony wrestling on a small ring just inside one of the gates. Darin Childs retained his championship against a formidable Mat Fitchett, an athletic Bostonian who at one point climbed a tree and jumped off a branch onto his opponent. (See video below).

Whew! If that wasn’t enough, there was comedy too – former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins, now a TV host for National Geographic channel, told some funny stories about traveling to India and eating cooked rat. He also told some stories about playing with Black Flag back in the punk rock daze, much to the crowd’s delight. We also stumbled upon comedian Brian Posehn, an avowed metal fan who was pretty stoked that he was gonna perform as an opener to Slayer. “That’s just freaky,” he said, but later on stage he went into a long bit about Slayer and being metal, and … you gotta catch his act.

Comedian Brian Posehn, captured in the wild by a fan. Nice shirt, man!

So, yeah, there was Slayer and the crowd was really ready for that metal. I saw people with their kids on their shoulders, their kids in strollers, and a few kids still in their mommys’ bellies, packing in close to the front of the stage for the veteran thrashers. I’m sorry I am not familiar with Slayer’s music, so I don’t know what they played beyond “World Painted Blood,” which opened the two-hour-or-so set.

These loud mofos were perhaps enjoyed best from the back of the crowd, where I retreated. Call me a pussy if you must, but I went there to have unfettered access to the suddenly uncrowded beer vendors. It’s not that you couldn’t hear Slayer back there … you could certainly hear them from the South Congress bridge about a half mile away.We saw some other bands – including some of the indie acts like Mates of State and Architecture in Helsinki. Yikes! Maybe I’ve been to too many hard rock and metal shows lately but this stuff sounded pretty gay in comparison to Cannibal Corpse, who really melted faces with their set, and Slayer.

Henry Rollins

Of everyone we saw, one thing linked them all – mention of Glenn Danzig. The former Misfits frontman and goth poser apparently threw a supreme rock diva pissy fit on Friday night, taking the stage late after complaining about the cold weather (temps 71 during the day, about 55 at night), saying he had a “deathbug,” crying for french onion soup and bitching about the size of his stage. Naturally, because Danzig went on about an hour late he couldn’t play his whole set, which was supposed to include Misfits songs. So when the 10 p.m. curfew hit and he’d played only two or three Misfits tunes, FFF unplugged him. Danzig tried to get the audience to riot, but they were only pissed at him.

Naturally, on Sunday everyone made fun of little bitch Danzig. Even the no-name punk bands playing on the Black Stage in the afternoon ridiculed his french onion soup fetish, and Posehn mocked him in front of Slayer and everybody. Brutal. At the end of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists’ set, frontman Leo left the stage and returned in a black t-shirt and “devillock” wig to perform the Misfits tunes everybody got cheated out of earlier. They did about four Misfits tunes, including “Where Eagles Dare,” “Skulls” and “Angelfuck.”

There goes Boris' gong.

We left around Slayer’s encore and we encountered some guy carrying a broken gong on his back. He said it was from the band Boris, and the gong was “heavy as fuck.” So, as we could (clearly) hear every note from the South Congress bridge, we vowed we’d return next year for FFF Fest. One day at least … maybe two.

– Denny Angelle

George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, lead singer of Cannibal Corpse.

YouTube: Anarchy Championship Wrestling at Fun Fun Fun Fest

Gary Holt, filling in for Jeff Hanneman of Slayer.

Henry Rollins is a funny guy.

More wrestling.

More Slayer - this is bassist/singer Tom Araya.

This is pretty metal, too.

Slayer sounded good from way back here. (Photo swiped from FFF Fest Facebook page)

It Came From Halloween – The Misfits

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , , , , , , on October 27, 2011 by 30daysout

Shouldn’t let a Halloween go by without paying tribute to the Misfits.  The creators of horror punk movement, the Misfits came out of the swamps of New Jersey in 1977 and are still goin’ strong, more or less.  Less singer/songwriter Glenn Danzig, who wrote many of their early songs; less Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein and Michale Graves, who played on the Misfits’ major-label album American Psycho; and without Marky Ramone, who played drums for the Misfits for a while.

The Misfits today are led by bassist/singer Jerry Only, immediately identifiable by his “devillock” hairstyle, guitarist Dez Cadena and drummer Robo (both formerly of punk titans Black Flag).  We’re gonna go see the Misfits in November when they roll through Houston, you should see them too when they come to your town.

MP3: “Twilight Of The Dead” by the Misfits

MP3: “Astro Zombies” by the Misfits

MP3: “Night Of The Living Dead” by the Misfits

MP3: “Die, Die My Darling” by the Misfits

MP3: “Horror Hotel” by the Misfits

MP3: “From Hell They Came” by the Misfits

MP3: “On A Wicked Night” by Danzig

MP3: “Dawn Of The Dead” by Michale Graves

MP3: “Halloween II” by the Misfits

MP3: “The Devil’s Rain” by the Misfits

Video: “Dig Up Her Bones” by the Misfits

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The Misfits official website

Song of the Week: “Astro Zombies,” The Misfits

Posted in News with tags , , , on February 8, 2010 by 30daysout

Ah, an oldie but a goodie.  “Astro Zombies” by the Misfits, from 1982.  Written by Glenn Danzig and sung by Danzig and Jerry Only, the song shared a title with The Astro Zombies, a 1969 sci-fi/horror flick starring John Carradine.  Perfect for today!

Ringin’ In The Holidays with The Misfits

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on November 30, 2009 by 30daysout

The Misfits tear it up at House of Blues in Houston

I hear ringin’ and I don’t think it’s an angel getting its wings.  No, I am pretty sure this particular ringing in my ears is the aftermath of an evening spent with horror-punk progenitors the Misfits.  I had my misgivings about attending this show – 11/28 at Houston’s House of Blues – because the Misfits have only one original member from the band’s heyday in the 1980s.

Bassist Jerry Only is that original member, and I wasn’t quite sure how these boys would sound without the guidance of one Glenn Danzig, the mastermind behind the original Misfits.  But not to worry – only a punk purist would quibble with the current Misfits lineup, which rocked through its catalog with a vengeance.  And did I say they were loud?  Maybe I did, but I just didn’t hear myself say it.  Yeah, they were loud and that stoked the crowd into a frenzy; even the mosh pit on the House of Blues’ concrete floor looked a little more, ah, energetic than usual.

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