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- Posted on Nov 7th 2011 2:15PM by Cameron Matthews
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As Rolling Stone reports, Danzig was set to rock the Black Stage on Friday (Nov. 4) night, performing tracks from his solo career, Misfits hits and Samhain songs as part of his Danzig Legacy tour. But the prospect of a nostalgic punk rock evening turned into a disappointing recital.
Festival promoters Transmission Entertainment knew there was trouble brewing when the singer arrived in Austin Friday morning. He complained of having a pesky cough, claiming it was going to prevent him from playing at all. In order to perform, Danzig demanded an odd assortment of items: Bitamins, French onion soup and a Wendy's chicken sandwich. As the day progressed, the Misfit's main worry was the weather, describing it as "too cold." Soon enough, the skies had cleared and the temperature had reached a perfect 71 degrees Fahrenheit. Still, Danzig demanded several onstage heaters so that he remain within a few degrees of Hell at all times.
Danzig Legacy's 8:15PM set time came and went as the frontman refused to take the stage. Finally, after 45 minutes, the band graced the eager crowd with a somewhat lively round of rock. But promoters had warned the singer far ahead of time of the city's mandatory 10PM curfew -- much to the chagrin of Dark Lord Danzig.
"We want to do a lot more songs for you but they're telling us that they're gonna shut our power off in five minutes," he told the crowd emphatically. "But don't blame me! We're here to play motherf---er. We came halfway across the country to play for you guys ... Whoever's in charge, whoever the f--- you are, why don't you come out here and tell all these people that you want us off in five minutes?"
Soon after, Danzig called for the crowd to riot through the streets, but it only yielded a few thrown beer bottles. Later that same weekend, Ted Leo mocked the singer by donning a Danzig-like wig and performing a few Misfits tracks during his set. Check out the video, courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan.