MEAN STREET Volume VIII, Issue 6 December 1997 ------------------------------------------------ DANZIG UPDATE - by Daryl Searle Former Danzig guitarist John Christ has assembled a new Southern California band, Juice 13, in which he's playing lead axe. Joining Christ is drummer Randy Castillo. You may remember him from Ozzy Osbourne's No More Tears era, and from The Motels heyday. Also on vocals and rhythm guitar is Cheese Boy of Garden Grove. Remember him from T.S.O.L. or Pirates of Venus? And bass player Krys Barrato provides lots of pulp in the Juice with studio credits including Thomas Dolby and Guns N' Roses. Christ describes the assembly as a pure sex, drugs and rock and roll character while the vocals deliver an alternative edge. "We all come from different backgrounds," says Christ. "Cheese has the punk attitude with the whiskey voice. Randy's still the slamming powerhouse he's always been. Krys is solid, steady and holds us all together." What about Christ? "The lead guitar work is more intense then the Danzig stuff. It's giving me a chance to cut loose a bit," he says. Catch Juice 13 on December 12 at The Gig in Los Angeles. For more information, please call the Juice 13 hotline at (818) 981-0862. Meanwhile, Danzig's founding bassist Eerie Von married his long time flaming haired Mary on Halloween. Apparently he just parted ways with his blues band. It's rumored Chuck Biscuits has left Social Distortion. Lead man Glenn Danzig's new generation namesake band masqueraded as Blackacidevil for a surprise show at The Whiskey in Hollywood, while competing with costumed audiences at The Misfits performance at The Palace. The latter show was reportedly sold out.