I’m sure there’ll be plenty of leering Crimson Ghost shirts on display this Saturday, Apr. 25, at Red 7 when Doyle takes the stage. Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein was the buff and devil-lock coiffed guitar player during the bulk of the Misfits run, pre-and-post Glenn Danzig. Big brother and bass player Jerry Only asked his brother to join the band, and at a precocious sixteen years of age, Doyle provided a mixture of Ramones-like buzzsaw and rockabilly twang – a perfect parallel to Danzig’s crypto croon.
Since the Misfits’ demise, there’s been plenty of reformations, reboots, quasi-reunions and enough legal matters to clog up any court for the next century. Throughout it all, Doyle has continued to soldier on, wielding his guitar like a weapon and laying waste to any naysayer who dare say he’s lost his edge.
Doyle’s new band is a gnarly beast, indeed. With Alex Story of goth rock stalwarts Cancerslug on vocals, DieTrich Thrall on bass, drummer extraordinaire Brandon Pertzborn (of the last incarnation of Black Flag) bashing the skins and ghoul-faced Doyle on guitar, they’re a skull-crushing juggernaut of searing metal riffs.
Doyle is touring behind their 2013 release Abominator. With tracks like “Learn to Bleed,” “Dreamingdeadgirls,” and “Hope Hell Is Warm,” you know you’re in store for a night of dark debauchery and ill repute.
Touring with Doyle is Heavygrinder, who, according to her Wikipedia entry, is “an American model, actress, record producer and DJ.” Wow!
Red 7 is at 611 E. 7th St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16. All ages are welcome. Advance tickets are available online here.