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Glenn Danzig Wears Misfits Skull Makeup for First Time in 35 Years



A Misfits reunion might not be in the cards, but former frontman Glenn Danzig reuniting with his iconic makeup from that band happened for the first time in 35 years this weekend. The performer posted an image on Twitter of himself as the "Crimson Skull" persona, noting that it was the first time 1979 or 1980 that he had worn the makeup (from Billboard).

"Much more malevolent," he noted.

The Misfits were iconic among punk bands in the late '70s for its use of horror tropes in both its music and its image, with all members wearing different face paint designs. Danzig, the vocalist, was the most iconic as the "Crimson Skull." Go to nearly any rock concert and you'll see someone wearing a piece of Misfits apparel featuring the white features of the skull against a black background. Danzig ceased wearing the getup prior to leaving the band to found the more heavy metal Samhain.

Why the revival now? It seems Danzig is supporting a cover record, which he states is "tentatively titled Skeletons." The title is of course a tribute to the honoree and he felt good enough to dress the part.

That said, don't get your hopes too high for an actual Misfits reunion. The band hasn't exactly been on speaking terms for the last few, oh, decades. Danzig recently lost a lawsuit against founding guitarist Jerry Only and the rest of the band for not rewarding him royalties from merchandise sales through venues such as Hot Topic, etc. That decision probably doesn't hurt Danzig's ability to use the iconic makeup for whatever project he so chooses, but don't expect Only et al.

For now, enjoy some classic Skull. 

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