Danzig - Marquee Theatre, Tempe - Saturday, August 31Singer/songwriter Glenn Danzig has managed to endure in heavy metal for decades by doing it his own way. He left the horror-punk outfit Misfits to start Danzig, which released its debut album in 1988. Long known for graphic imagery and dark themes, Danzig's sound was influenced by early Black Sabbath, gaining notoriety for their bluesy, heavy metal style that attracted fans spanning several genres. Now, 25 years, nine albums, and countless controversies later, Danzig is embarking on its 25th anniversary tour.
Some people may see Danzig as one of those musicians that pairs pure metal with prima donna attitude, yet there's no arguing that he has made some incredible music. Sure, he's had more than his fair share of issues--like attacking Bonnaroo photographers, or that infamous fistfight with a local musician back in 2004. But it's his attitude that has kept him afloat all these years.
Take Danzig's hit "Mother," for example. It was nearly three decades ago that Tipper Gore founded the Parents Music Resource Center campaign; you know, those pesky "Parental Advisory" stickers placed on CDs? The effort to purge the world of offensive music infuriated Danzig, prompting him to pen his breakout song. Danzig has said that he's working on new material after this tour, so the band might not be back for awhile. -- Lauren Wise