Monday, August 19, 2013
Live Review: Danzig with Doyle, Sands Casino (8/13/13)
Danzig and his band opened the set with two newer songs, "SkinCarver" and "Hammer of the Gods," which served as warm-ups before he stated into the mic in a booming voice, "from now on we're only going to play the old ones." The crowd went wild, as he owned the stage, leading sing-a-longs through many fan-favorite songs. One of the most memorable moments was during "How the Gods Kill," a ballad-esque song which unleashes itself with one of the greatest head-banging breakdowns of all-time, where Danzig showed he still can hit all the notes like he used to.
At this point in the set, Danzig smiles coyly at the crowd and says "I'd like to introduce you to a good friend of mine named Doyle." If the crowd was already energetic, they now became electric, as the band played a stomping intro for the Misfit's guitarist. Doyle then came striding onto the stage, not unlike a T. Rex prowling for its prey. Shirtless with white make-up and Devilocked hair, Doyle towered on every member of the band. His guitar looked minuscule on him, almost like it was a toy as he started pounding on it to begin "Death Comes Ripping." Being as close to the original Misfits as you can get nowadays, their mini set was astonishing. It felt like they were transported back to their prime years. They barreled through classic Misfits' songs, with Danzig crooning over them better than ever. The six song set concluded with "Last Caress," where Danzig built the crowd up for a group vocalization for its final chorus.
After exiting the stage for a few minutes, Danzig returned without Doyle to play two more songs, one being his biggest and best. "Mother," was the highlight of the night, and was as sharp and powerful as ever. A second encore followed, and even featured Doyle one last time for "Die, Die My Darling." Danzig never lost his breath or became winded. For a man going on 60, he has the energy of a youth, and can still put on an incredible show.
This is a "do not miss" tour if you've ever liked Danzig or The Misfits. It's as close as you can get to the original band, and it was truly worth every penny of the entry price.