By Benjamin Leatherman
Let mortal kombat begin.
It was announced recently that Danzig will be heading back to the Valley this November as a part of the “Blackest of the Black Tour,” which also features fellow black metal rockers Dimmu Borgir, Moonspell, Winds of Plague, and Skeletonwitch on the lineup. (Click here for all the details).
So I figured it’d be a perfect time to dig up one of more infamous video clips in the local music scene’s recent history: the July 2004 donnybrook where Danny Marianino, lead singer of the North Side Kings, laid out Mr. Glen Danzig with a nice little haymaker to the head. If you aren’t familiar with the details (which the esteemed Serene Dominic documented in a 2004 article), the scrap went down in Tuba City in northern Arizona where the North Side Kings were scheduled to perform an opening set during the legendary dark rocker’s gig. After Danzig decided to go on earlier than planned and NSK was bumped from the bill, Marianino confronted the musician.
A member of the NSK posse had a camcorder with them that night, and the rest is history. The video clip was uploaded to the currently-defunct AZPunk web site and quickly spread across cyberspace, nabbing hundreds of thousands of hits.
Here’s the clip:
Another recounting of the clash was posted on the Internet shortly after Danzig went down for the count, coming straight from the keyboard of the puncher himself, Danny NSK.
Bad show with Danzig last night. I posted this on Blabbermouth.com before he tries to sue me for knocking him out. Read this and die with laughter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Before crazy rumors begin to spread I would like to explain what happened:
North Side Kings were to play with Danzig last night in Tuba City, Arizona. To make a long story short the whole show was a disaster and a few bands got bumped off. Mr. Danzig (or his managment??) refused to push back the original scheduled time slot so North Side Kings and Rapid Fire would have to play "after" his set. Whatever- we agreeded to play later because we drove 6 hours and didn't feel like going home without playing.
Needless to say, as soon as Danzig was finished, the venue turned on the lights and Danzigs crew and the staging company began to take the stage apart almost instantly. I confronted Mr. Danzig backsatge while he was signing autographs and told him I thought he was an asshole because of his "rockstar" attitude and no consideration twords the FEW other bands that got bumped off tonight. In a fit of rage he turned around and slammed me into the wall yelling "fuck you motherfucker" trying to be a big toughguy in front of his fans. I -in self defence punched him in the face knocking him out as he was attacking me again. He went down, bleeding from his mouth, eyes rolled back, and in shock that he got knocked to the floor so quickly.
A friend happened to tape the entire incident and this is all documented. Many witnesses saw him attack me, and I did what any man would do.
It was unfortunate that this went the way it did -and I hoped Glen Danzig learned a valuable lession [sic] tonight - Do not lay your hands on anyone unless you can handle what may happen.
I aploigize [sic] for nothing, except for the poor little kids that had to witness this big asshole get his ass kicked in a matter of seconds.....
Danny M North Side Kings
We recommend Danzig bring some headgear with him when he visits the Valley, just in case he runs into Danny again.