WEST CHESTER DAILY LOCAL, 9/2/96 -------------------------------- (this also ran in West_Chester_Quad and The_Noizy_Zine) "Shocking Return to Say the Least" by Jamie Bintliff (firstname.lastname@example.org) It has been billed as the "Shocking Return of the Misfits". In the year of shocking returns from old school punk groups from the Sex Pistols to The Descendants, the return of the Misfits was one of the most shocking. Why would this be such a surprise? Mostly because the highly influential but short lived Horror-core band known as the Misfits had seemed to fall into that area known as legend. They broke up in the early eighties before they gained any critical or fan support and saw their album sales rise in the nineties with the resurgence of punk and the fans it brought. Current popular musicians from Metallica to Rollins band have cited the original Misfits as an influence. While former frontman and founder Glenn Danzig has tried to completely alienate himself from the group both in it's original form as well as the newest incarnation, fellow founder Jerry Only has revived the memory that was the Misfits and brought it back from hell with a vengeance. So why has the new group of Only, Doyle, CHUD and Michale Graves crawled from the grave? It's for the fans and the music says Only. With the increased interest in the past works of the group and increased fan pressure Only decided to reform with a new singer, (Graves) and a new tour. Even though they have only been playing small clubs they have consistently drawn sell out crowds and sent them hope with a smile. Now they have arrived at the end of the current tour which finds them in Vernon, NJ. Home of Action Park where the New Misfits were primed and ready to bring the waiting crowd their special brand of horror. While weathering the inevitable comparisons to the original frontman Glenn Danzig, new recruit Graves has held his own and become more of a performer in his own right. Graves brings a similar baritone voice and swagger to the stage but has the energy of a tornado. His roaming from corner to corner of every stage he stalks has become as well known as his crowd surfing. And so we come to Vernon. After opening bands warmed up the Misfit supporting crowd the band came to the stage. Graves dressed in a top hat and Crimson Ghost face paint came out and immediately brought the crowd to a frenzy. Meanwhile Only, and Doyle arrived with their slick black devilocks and muscles bulging. Chud all the while hidden behind his spiked drum set took out his energy on the sticks and skins that are his instrument. After running through numerous crowd favorites such as Skulls, and Green Hell the group surprised everyone in attendance by bringing out former guitarist Bobby Steele to sing back-up on two songs at the end of the set. For those who recognized Steele with his teased hair and trademark limp this was a pleasant surprise. It seems that these former enemies have kissed and made up. That coupled with a great performance made the night one to remember. And so it ended, the lights were turned up and the crowd began to dissipate, but as they walked from the venue you could still feel the buzz from everyone who was talking about the show. For a band that hasn't officially existed for over 12 years this one sure seemed to act as if they never left. And as for the "Shocking Return"? Let's hope it's the last "Return", because it would be a shame to see them leave again.