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.
Legendary rock drummer Vinny Appice has parted ways with his bandmates in Kill Devil Hill. The former Black Sabbath and Dio star has been replaced with Type O Negative and Danzig drummer Johnny Kelly.
The newcomer says, "I'm really excited about coming on board with Kill Devil Hill. I've been a fan since their debut and have known the guys for a long time. It's also clear that I have some really big shoes to fill. I'm ready for that challenge."
Kelly will make his debut for the band at upcoming U.S. shows next month (Apr14), before the group heads to Australia for a tour with Killswitch Engage.
Announcing Appice's departure, bassist Rex Brown says, "We all have a lot of love and respect for Vinny and have been honoured to have jammed with him over the last few years. We wish Vinny well with all his future endeavours, it has been a blast!"
And Appice adds, "It's been a great musical adventure from the beginning, but the time has now come to go our separate ways and continue to make music that we love."
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."
Slayer star Kerry King honoured his late bandmate Jeff Hanneman at the 2013 Revolver Golden Gods ceremony by calling for a "moment of noise" in tribute to the tragic rocker. Slayer star Hanneman, 49, passed away after suffering liver failure, and his death on Thursday (02May13) came just hours before the most famous faces of rock and metal gathered in Los Angeles for the annual awards show.
The event became a tribute to the lost rocker, with Anthrax playing Slayer's hit Raining Blood in his memory, while Hanneman's longtime bandmate King took to the stage to present an award and told the crowd of his pain.
King told the audience not to take part in a minute's silence for his friend, and ordered them to make as much noise as possible instead, saying, "Jeff Hanneman doesn't want a moment of silence. He was in f**king Slayer. He wants a moment of noise!"
Winners at the ceremony included Deftones, who won the Album Of The Year prize for Koi No Yokan, Black Veil Brides, who took Song of the Year for In The End, and Tenacious D (Comeback of the Year).
Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister took the Paul Gray Best Bassist trophy, and Corey Taylor was named Best Vocalist.
Taylor's band Slipknot, who won the Best Live Band prize, teamed with the frontman's other group Stone Sour to perform a Black Sabbath cover, while other performers included The Dillinger Escape Plan, Danzig, and Five Finger Death Punch, who rocked out with Rob Zombie and Judas Priest star Rob Halford.
Heavy rockers Danzig will perform a tribute to punk icons the Misfits at the upcoming Revolver Golden Gods Awards next month (02May13). The group will be joined onstage at Club Nokia in Los Angeles by Misfits star Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein. Metallica, Five Finger Death Punch, Anthrax, Stone Sour and Halestorm are also scheduled to perform.
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
The writers of TV dramas Lost, The Shield and Criminal Minds have been praised for the way they accurately portray torture scenes.
New York-based charity Human Rights First has nominated the three shows, together with The Closer and Boston Legal, for the organization’s first Primetime Torture Awards.
The bizarre honor will be bestowed on the writers of the drama that best depicts realistic torture and interrogation.
Human Rights First spokesman David Danzig says, "As incongruous as it may seem for a human rights group to honor the depiction of torture, these awards recognize that only a handful of TV shows have taken the time necessary to depict torture in a thoughtful, realistic fashion."
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