The Misfits founder Glenn Danzig has hit his former bandmate Jerry Only with a trademark infringement lawsuit over rights to a merchandising deal. The rocker filed a complaint with the California Central District on 3 April (14) against bassist Only and his company Cyclopian Music Inc.
In the suit, Danzig claims the pair signed a contract in 1994 agreeing to share ownership of The Misfits trademarks for merchandising purposes, but the former frontman alleges that Only began to ink deals with retailers insisting he is the sole owner of the rights "for everything Misfits-related" in 2000, including the band's iconic mascot, the Fiend Skull.
The lucrative deal includes U.S. store Hot Topic, which is the largest retailer of Misfits products, including shirts, bags and socks.
In addition, the papers allege Only ordered store bosses to pay him monetary penalties if they enter into any sort of agreement with Danzig.
Danzig is seeking royalties owed from the merchandise sold over the years, which allegedly amounts to $75,000 (£44,242), plus interest.
The Misfits star Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein is keen to reunite the original line-up of the punk group for a new album and tour. The guitarist and his bandmates Jerry Only and Glenn Danzig fell out in the early 1980s and split in 1983, but Frankenstein tells Alternative Press it's time for him to bring the group back together.
He says, "I'm the only one that's gonna get the original line-up back together. So I think I'm going to work on that, and hopefully I can pull the two bulls together. I am going to make an attempt, and I wanna do it. I'll put what I'm doing right on the f**king side."
He reveals Danzig, Only and himself staged a meeting and discussed a possible reunion in 2002, but plans fell apart when an unknown party leaked the news: "It didn't happen and it's a shame. It's stupid that we're not doing it. It would be huge."
Punk fans, take heed. Misfits founder Glenn Danzig contributed a new song to The Hangover: Part II, and it's got a very horror-punk name: "Black Hell." Danzig isn't typically the name that comes to mind when you think "summer blockbuster," but apparently director Todd Phillips enjoys headbanging (seriously though, one of his first films is a documentary about G.G. Allin, shock-punk extraordinaire).
Anyway, if that doesn't get you pumped up, maybe these character banner photos will. Just try to not laugh at Ken Jeong. We dare you. Source: Slash Film