Horror Punk Pioneers Misifts to play Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg Oct. 30, will play “Static Age” in its entirety
STROUDSBURG — Nearly 40 years of music history will take the Sherman Theater stage Oct. 30 when Misfits visit Stroudsburg. According to founding member and lead singer Jerry Only, this is the band’s Halloween show. They’ll take Oct. 31 off to spend the holiday with family; for Only, that means taking his daughter trick-or-treating. The rocker doesn’t have to take time off to see his son though, since they now take stage together as members of the seminal punk band.
“About a year ago we found out Dez (Cadena, who joined Misfits in 2001 after performing as part of Black Flag) had throat cancer and my son (Jerry Caiafa) came in to help when Dez couldn’t sing,” Only said. “He started with us about 10 years ago and he was our sound engineer. He went to school for it and produces our records now. He’s an excellent guitar player.”
Misfits has stayed relevant for almost four decades, and Only wants to turn 40 years into 50. The group’s ‘Fiend’ logo still adorns shirts on shelves in Hot Topic and Spencer’s is a testament to their staying power in the alternative music scene. Only said he’s hoping Misfits continue on with his son after he’s done.
“I think its all about having great music and having a young fanbase that regenerates itself,” Only said. “I think that’s one of the lucky things that we’ve managed to find is that our crowd coming in the door always seems to be a young crowd. We do have love and admiration for our older fans that have been with us for 40 years, but at the same time I think we have a lot more to go.”
Misfits’ plan for the future includes a new album celebrating its 40th anniversary. They have two new songs: a ballad called “Vampire Girl” and “Zombie Girl,” which Only describes as the set’s “kicker.” He said the songs seem to write themselves—something catches the ear and sparks the imagination, then it starts to grow and blossoms into a song. When it came time to write Misfit’s musical future, Only took the newest members back to the band’s past to give them inspiration. The result of their sonic journey? Misfits’ 1978 album “Static Age” will be played at the Oct. 30 show in its entirety.
“When Dez got sick and had to step out I thought that, if we’re going to start writing a new album with a new band, I really want to go back and learn all the old material so we can do our entire catalog,” Only said. “We put ‘Static Age,’ ‘Walk Among Us’ and ‘Earth A.D.’ in our back pocket. When we were coming up with a campaign for the year we were leading into our 40th anniversary, so we thought we’d revisit our first album then write a new one for our 40th.”
Only first gained an appreciation for music when he was a child. His mother collected 45s when she was a teenager in the ’50s, and when Misfits started he was happy his band’s sound was similar to music from that era. Only has passed music down to his family’s next generation by way of a guitarist spot in a prolific punk band that will release new material next year.
But on Friday, there will be vampire girls, zombie girls and, on the next day, there is a girl who will trick-or-treat with her father. Turns out, even fiends value family.
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