I think the whole appeal of what you were doing in Misfits was that I was always attracted to the darker stuff and the horror-movie aspect and theatricality. In terms of a live show, do you place a lot of importance on the surroundings, or is it mainly just the act of going onstage and being the entertainer? Do you put a lot of stock still into the accoutrements of the stage?
Once we get some capital gain, we’ll have a much better show. I’m sure we’ll buy a bunch of stuff—fire and bombs and a bunch of shit like that. But as far as I’m concerned, I tell almost everybody, you don’t have to be a fucking virtuoso or shredder. Don’t waste your life learning all that shit. Write great songs. I don’t do fucking chords, and the only songs I know are the ones I play. I know nothing else, and I was fortunate enough to work with great songwriters and play great songs. You can be the shittiest musician in the world; if you play a great song, it’s a fucking great song. That’s all there is to it.
Absolutely. I guess if you aren’t into playing other music, what would your influence be musically, in terms of a distinctive style? Was there anybody that made you want to pick up a guitar in the first place?
The style that I’m pretty much styled after is Johnny Ramone. He plays two chords; I play two chords. [Laughs.] It’s all downstrokes with the Misfits and then later on with the Doyle stuff, for some strange reason the way I play is that Misfits style.
On the Misfits record Famous Monsters, your guitar and the tone of your guitar became much more pronounced and much more of an element in the songs. I don’t know if that is accurate at all, but heading from American Psycho into Famous Monsters, it seemed like the largest element of the band. Certainly on the mix of Famous Monsters, your guitar is hugely prevalent and hugely important to just the sound of that record. I can definitely hear the progression moving forward. Was there any resistance in the songwriting to go heavier, or to go more guitar-driven with the later Misfits stuff?
Um, no, man. I just think we did what we did. You know, we all kind of wrote together on that shit, you know, so, uh, I don’t know. I mean once we started doing Earth A.D. we kind of changed the whole style of the band and got more metal, you know?
Do you ever see any sort of situation where you would tour with, the Michale Graves camp?
Like, separate, my band and his band separate?
Sure. I don’t care who the fuck I play with. Well, I would like to play with you guys. I would like to play with Slipknot and Rob Zombie and fucking Slayer. I want to play good shows, man.
A lot of artists have hang-ups about playing with previous band members. One thing is you joining up with Danzig. I saw you guys play last year, and I saw you at the Golden Gods, as well. You have always given the fans a great show and an opportunity to old songs played live, as well as the new stuff. I just wanted to say thank you for that. As a fan for my entire life, I really appreciate that you give fans that opportunity in a live setting.
Well, it’s all for them, man; you gotta give them what they want. I’m the only one that’s gonna get the original lineup back together, so I think I’m going to work on that, and hopefully I can pull the two bulls together and get them to fucking stop.
You think that could happen? Do you think you could get Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only back together?
You know what? I’ve just decided this week that I am going to make an attempt, and I wanna do it. I’ll put what I’m doing right on the fucking side. I’ll go do it tomorrow.
That’s awesome. Well, I’m going to ask you, then, is there any validity to the rumors that have been around for years and years in the Misfits fiend world that you guys made an attempt to reach out to Glenn early on in the resurrection period?
We had a meeting with Glenn in 2002. Me and Jerry [Only] flew out and we were going to do it: We were going to write a record and everybody agreed that nobody leaks it, and the very next day somebody leaked it. I didn’t leak it. I wouldn’t do it. It didn’t happen and it’s a shame. It’s stupid that we’re not doing it. It would be huge, and I just want to get out there and fucking break shit.
Well, that’s great. Anything you are plugging or anything new that’s going on?
Well, we’re looking to tour. We want to open for somebody, rather than just go out and headline and play a smaller show. Just trying to get on festivals and do our thing.
As a kid if I could have said that I would have the opportunity to talk to you on the phone about your band’s music, I don’t think that the little version of me would have believed it. Thank you so much for doing this. It means the world to me, and I’m definitely a fan for life.
Anytime, man. Any time that you want to do it, just fucking contact me and we’ll do it. alt