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Metal musician Danzig selects Reno for tour stop
by Cortney Maddock
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Glenn Danzig will perform Friday at the Knitting Factory in Reno. The metal musican is responsible for starting bands including the Misfits, Samhaim and his solo group Danzig.
Courtesy Photo/M. Nunes - Glenn Danzig will perform Friday at the Knitting Factory in Reno. The metal musican is responsible for starting bands including the Misfits, Samhaim and his solo group Danzig.
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There is no reason to heed any warning from your mother not to walk Glenn Danzig’s way because missing his performance Friday at the Knitting Factory is one of only nine tour stops the dark-music master is planning to make this summer.

Fresh off the release of “Deth Red Sabaoth,” Danzig, who is apparently a man of few words but busy with many artistic mediums, said the album has to be heard in order to explain how the band’s sound has evolved.

“You’d have to hear it,” Danzig said. “This is the first new Danzig material in almost 10 years. Other things were B-sides I never put out.”

The last album to be released was 2004’s “Circle of Snakes,” making it about six years since fans have heard new material from the man who has a hand in everything from comic books to movie scripts and soundtracks.

“I’m busy between all this,” Danzig simply stated.

Yet, the man who could be credited with starting the punk metal music genre by fronting the Misfits and Samhaim said he is happy with “Deth Red Sabaoth,” which was released on Tuesday.

“Deth Red Sabaoth” comes more than 20 years since the 1988 release of “Danzig,” which debuted the band to the metal world and spawned 1993’s hit “Mother.”

“It’s more like a progression,” Danzig said of how the music has changed since the Misfits hit the scene in 1977. “It’s more like from the Misfits to Samhaim to Danzig was a constant progression.”

However, the progression of musical evolution doesn’t necessarily mean the creative process has changed, Danzig said, explaining that the music industry has changed.

“It hasn’t changed that much, I just think it’s easier,” Danzig said about putting together an album. “It’s a much easier process now: less bullshit, better players, less wasted money and time, a lot of different things. Better on the standing recording studio and those things.”

For Danzig this more refined recording process can be heard on “Deth Red Sabaoth.”

“This record is much heavier than older Danzig stuff,” he said. “I like it loud and raw and distorted. We worked really hard on the record, hopefully everyone will like it.”

By everyone, Danzig means all his fans, but only a select few will be able to see the metal frontman perform the new material since he selected only nine cities to perform in.

“It’s not really a tour, it’s only nine shows,” Danzig explained. “I didn’t want to tour before the record came out.”

So how does a man with such a large cult following pick a town like Reno to perform new material in?

“Reno is a really great place for Danzig,” he said, adding Danzig last performed in Reno in June 2002. “Both times were really crazy. The first time we played there it was totally oversold and the fire marshals came in and shut it down.”

For a little mayhem, Danzig said he hopes fans pack the Knitting Factory when he takes the stage with his band on Friday.

“You’re not going to see anything like it,” Danzig said. “You’re not going to see another metal show like a Danzig show.”

Danzig performs at 8 p.m. Friday at the Knitting Factory in Reno. Tickets are $28 to $65 and can be purchased by visiting http://re.knittingfactory.com.

For more information on Danzig, visit www.danzig-verotik.com.
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