Misfits’ Jerry Only: If Glenn Danzig Wants To Come Be a Team Player, We’re Good
Last week, we brought you our exclusive sit-down with Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, in which the guitarist said he's "ready right now" to reunite the classic Misfits lineup with his brother Jerry Only and Glenn Danzig. Separately, we also caught up with Only, who gave us a different perspective on a potential reunion.
There's no secret that the relationship between Jerry Only and Glenn Danzig is strained, as Only continues on with the Misfits, and Danzig fronts his eponymous outfit while often performing Misfits sets at his gigs. In fact, Doyle has joined Danzig at numerous gigs over the past few years to rock a set of Misfits classics for the band's devoted fans.
Unfortunately, personality conflicts and legal battles have kept the core three members from sharing the stage together since the band's first breakup in 1983. While Jerry Only and Doyle re-formed the Misfits in 1995, with Doyle eventually quitting in 2001, fans have been clamoring for a reunion with Danzig for years.
We happened to run into Jerry Only at a gallery opening for the late Dee Dee Ramone's artwork at the Hotel Chelsea in New York City last week. We told him that we had recently spoken with Doyle, and wanted to get his take on the possibility of a classic Misfits reunion. Jerry graciously took time to discuss the situation from his perspective. While we also touched on some other topics, check out our brief Q&A about the Misfits below:
We asked Doyle the obligatory Misfits reunion question and he said he's "ready right now" to reunite with you and Glenn Danzig. I wanted to get your take on the matter.
Jerry Only: The thing is, I have an obligation to our fans. A lot of our fans are young and the thing is, we're a very positive organization. We may have a lot of scary s--t, but we're working out, we take care of mom, we've got jobs. It's no bullshit. We work for what we're doing. If we bring Glenn back in and he's going to bring that dark, that real black stuff to the table, I don't want that.
All the money in the world ain't gonna make me sell out my fans. What I feel is that, I'd rather be where I am and be happy and be a positive influence than to be the richest man in the world and miserable and be a scumbag to the kids that follow us. I'm not doing that. I told Doyle that. I told him, 'Hey look, if Glenn wants to come be a team player and leave that s--t at home, we're good.' That's the name of the game.
There's been some bad blood and legal battles over the years, but what is one thing you respect the most about Glenn Danzig?
JO: Glenn really was convicted to what he was doing. I remember when we first started the band, I had a job and had a paycheck every week, but I spent it on equipment. I had a resource. I had an opportunity if things fell through. He put it all out there. I think a point that he missed is that a good team is stronger than an individual. But Glenn, he's got game, and I wish him the best. It was a hard lesson to learn but the better the components of what you're doing do, the more credibility you have.
Our thanks to Jerry Only for taking a few minutes to talk with us. In case you missed our video interview with Doyle, check it out below.
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