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‘Legacy’ Danzig At Riot Fest

12:01 PM Wednesday 6/29/11 | |

Chicago’s Riot Fest announces its final headliner and it turns out to be the event founder’s greatest rock fantasy come true.

Well, maybe not greatest rock fantasy but surely the stuff dreams are made of. On Oct. 7 Riot Fest will present a special “legacy” Danzig event at Chicago’s Congress Theater featuring Glenn Danzig rockin’ with members of his old band, Samhain.

It was Samhain that Rick Rubin went to see at a New York City venue in 1986. At first, Rubin was only interested in Danzig but the singer refused to sign unless he could bring a few of his Samhain cohorts along with him, thus laying the groundwork for the first edition of the band that would bear his name.

But jamming with Samhain members is only part of Riot Fest’s legacy event. Danzig will also play with Doyle (aka Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein) from the Misfits, the band Danzig founded in the late 1970s. So it’s a heapin’ helpin’ of Danzig through the ages, hence the “legacy” tag for the gig.

To say Riot Fest founder Michael Petryshyn is excited about the show would be an understatement.

“Everyone in music has a band or a musician that changed them. For me, it is Glenn Danzig. I am in music because of Danzig, Samhain and the Misfits,” Petryshyn said in a statement. “I remember being a 10-year-old when my friend handed me Danzig, and it blew me away. It was different … it was the first album for me, now looking back, where form matched content. Soon after, I found this entire wealth of music he wrote before 1988 and I became an even bigger fan. Musically, it opened my world to punk, metal and hardcore.

“To have Glenn perform his solo works, to go on stage with Samhain for a set and, lastly, to play Misfits songs with Doyle will always be the one show I remember.”

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With Riot Fest concerts taking place at various venues in Chicago Oct. 5-9, the festival’s previously announced lineup includes Weezer, Social Distortion, Descendents and X.

Multiple-day and individual day passes are already on sale. Visit RiotFest.org for more information.


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