The world of music, especially the worlds of rock and metal, are rife with wars and rivalries between bands, in some cases between members of the same band. There’s usually a falling out of some sort in the band, someone wants to go solo or there are the oft mentioned “creative differences” between members of the band which lead to a split. (wisegeek) There are plenty of examples for this, some of which eventually wound up in a reunion between members when cooler heads prevailed, or wallets felt a bit light, while others are severed with nearly no chance for a full scale reunion as the members truly dislike one another. (rollingstone) One of the most famous is obviously the breakup of Guns & Roses, while fans are dying for a reunion it’s all but certain that Axl and the rest of the band will never truly reunite, the “creative differences” between the rest of the boys and Axl are just far too vast to overcome. (foxnews) Another very famous breakup in the rock music world is that of the Misfits, one of the most famous punk/horror bands to have ever graced the industry. The band was formed and fronted by heavy metal heavyweight Glenn Danzig, who eventually went on to have incredible success as a solo artist. (wikipedia) The band didn’t die when Glenn left, but they did fall a bit to the background, never quite achieving the success the Danzig was able to reach.
Over the years Misfits continued to tour with bassist Jerry Only as the front-man, filling the large void created when Danzig left the band. (wikipedia) The animosity between Only and Danzig has been long standing, leading to legal battles when Glenn decided to release some anthology albums of Misfits work while tweaking the audio enough to keep from having to pay royalties to the other former band members. Eventually Only admitted Danzig actually wrote the majority of the music and lyrics of the band, while a compensation for song writing was never reached Only and his brother Doyle were able to secure the right to use the Misfits name, appearance, and most important of all their iconic logo, but Danzig was to get a portion of the royalties for allowing their use of the likenesses he created. (misfitscentral) There were rumors in recent years that a full reunion may eventually be possible, nothing was ever concrete but this got fans of the band incredibly excited at the prospect of seeing the seemingly impossible. (metalinjection) Things looked somewhat promising as recently as February, but it appears they’ve now taken a turn for the worse and any reunion is back into the never happening pile.
When the legal agreement was reached for Jerry Only and his brother Doyle to continue using the Misfits name, likeness, and logo, the agreement said that Glenn Danzig was to get a portion of all royalties created by use of the bands logo. The “Crimson Ghost” logo, otherwise known as the “Fiend Skull,” is one of the most known, most used, and most easily recognizable logos in all of music, which makes it a very hot commodity when it comes to merchandise sales. (ranker) The problem is that while merchandise is selling, Glenn Danzig isn’t getting his cut, as a result he’s decided to sue Jerry Only for the money he’s owed. (loudwire) With this new legal battle looming it appears any chance for a reunion tour, album, or anything else is highly unlikely anytime in the neat future. While a reunion show isn’t too likely, at least fans may at least get to see the members together again in photo form, although they’ll be out of their stage gear, and sitting at different tables opposing one another.