I’ve had almost a week now to reflect on last Sunday’s Danzig show. This was only my second time seeing my favorite musician in the universe after being a fan for twenty-five years (ok, third time if you count Samhain), so yes, it was a big fucking deal. It might not have been quite as meaningful as the first time I saw him, but it was still pretty goddamn exhilarating to hear songs I’ve been listening to since junior high played live.
I’m not going to ramble too much here, as I’ve already spoken at length about the show over on the ol’ YouTube channel (Go subscribe to that shit! Please?), but Danzig has been so important to me over the years and the show has rekindled my ages-old obsession with the Evil Elvis; it’s going to be hard to compile a year-end list when all I want to do is celebrate the man’s entire catalog. Mostly though I just wanted an excuse to post the above covert photo that my wife was nice enough to take in spite of Danzig’s ridiculously strict “no pictures or videos” policy.
Anyway, here are my main takeaways from Danzig’s set;
It’s amazing that Danzig remains such an energetic performer at 63 years old. I’m only 38 and I can hardly be bothered to get my candy ass off the couch most days when I’m not at work, let alone run around a stage under hot lights and sing my guts out like a maniac for an hour and a half every night.
The number of timeless songs Danzig has written is pretty ridiculous. He and the band plowed through 18 tracks and of those at least 15 of those are stone classics, and that’s only inclusive of the first four Danzig albums. Throw in all the Misfits and Samhain stuff and the amount of great stuff he’s done becomes even more insane.
The excellent live renditions of “Eyes Ripping Fire” and “Devil on Highway 9” compelled me to go back and revisit Black Laden Crown and although it’ll never be my favorite Danzig album, it’s much better than I originally gave it credit for.
Danzig has been opening with “Skin Carver” from Circle of Snakes for a few years now, and I hope that will compel more fans to check out the album, because it is woefully underrated (as is all of Danzig’s post-first four catalog).
Unlike a lot of older performers, Danzig still has his finger on the pulse of metal, as proven by his choice of support bands, Mutoid Man and Power Trip. The inclusion of Venom Inc. was also a wise one, making for a nice mix of veterans and up-and-comers.
The show was amazing, but I wish Danzig still had the enormous skull drum riser as seen in the “Mother ’93” music video. At least he still wears the massive skull belt buckle.
Danzig setlist 10/28/18 @ Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV
Eyes Ripping Fire
Devil on Highway 9
Twist of Cain
Not of this World
Am I Demon
Her Black Wings
Blood and Tears
Snakes of Christ
Tired of Being Alive
How the Gods Kill
Do You Wear the Mark
Dirty Black Summer
Left Hand Black
Bringer of Death
Long Way Back from Hell
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