Watch Never Before Seen Outtakes of Metallica with Michael Alago from “Who The F*ck Is That Guy” Documentary

 

Michael Alago recently released his memoir I Am Michael Alago: Breathing Music. Signing Metallica. Beating Death. (BackBeat Books), written by Alago with Laura Davis-Chanin (with a foreword by Mina Caputo of Life of Agony and John Joseph of Cro-Mags) and you can read our review here. Michael is the music industry legend that signed Metallica to Electra Records and helped guide them on the path to being the biggest band of all time. He also played a role in the careers of White Zombie, Cro-mags, Metal Church, Flotsam and Jetsam, and more.  The Drew Stone documentary Who The F*ck Is That Guy: The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago (just wrapped on Netflix after an unprecedented 3 years, now on Amazon Prime and YouTube) grew awareness of him beyond music documentaries and VH1’s Metallica Behind The Music. Now you can see never before seen outtakes of Michael with Metallica after they filmed their segments for the film, posted to Drew Stone’s YouTube. Continue reading

Misfits Drop Lawsuit Over “Fiend Skull” Trademark Infringement

The Misfits (aka Original Misfits) have dropped their lawsuit they previously filed a lawsuit against publisher Abrams “alleging misappropriation of the group’s iconic Punk logo for a coffee table book, according to the website www.worldipreview.com. The complaint was filed by Misfits AD, a company established by founding members of the band Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only to manage activities related to their reformed version of the band, on March 9th 2020. Abrams was accused of reproducing the band’s “Fiend Skull” design, registered with the US Copyright Office, without authorization. In July 2019, Abrams, which specializes in publishing illustrated books, released “Scream With Me: The Enduring Legacy of The Misfits”.  The band had accused Abrams of both copyright and trademark infringement, as well as a false designation of origin. The Misfits logo itself comes from the Crimson Ghost cult serial and has been copied, parodied, and produced on millions of shirts and other merch for decades. The book is a coffee-table book and is no longer advertised on the publisher’s website. It is avaialble on Amazon and other sellers as the “ultimate visual history paying tribute to one of punk’s most iconic bands”. According to the no dropped suit, the “Fiend Skull” design is displayed prominently on the front cover and repeatedly throughout the book. Continue reading

Super7 Toys Releases a Limited “Ultimates Edition” of King Diamond  

 

Super7 Toys has made reaction figures in the style of old-school G.I. Joe or Star Wars figures of Metal, Rock, and Punk legends such as Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Misfits, Megadeth Ghost, Rancid, Agnostic Front, Anthrax, Venom, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, and perhaps most famously King Diamond! Now they are stepping it up for the King with a deluxe “Ultimates Edition: King Diamond “1980s Mercyful Fate era KD 7-inch posable figure with a ton of craftsmanship, accessories and an amazing slipcase for storage and display. Similar to other figures the brand has made, this is extremely limited edition, made to order figure that will absolutely sell-out, so act now! Continue reading

Listen to Khemmis’ Doom Metal Cover of Misfits Classic “Skulls”

One of the great releases for the latest “Free Bandcamp Day” on July, 3rd 2020 was Denver Doom Metal band Khemmis and their two-song release More Songs About Death Vol. 1. The EP follows April’s release Doomed Heavy Metal. The release features an epic doom cover of Misfits’ Horror Punk classic ‘Skulls’ and ‘A Conversation with Death (Acoustic)’. Both track were recorded by the band remotely during the quarantine from the coronavirus (COVID-1) pandemic. The Misfits cover is especially a revelation and much like the recent EP from their brethren Spirit Adrift, we kind of want an all unplugged release from Khemmis right now. The band is working on the follow up to the acclaimed album Desolation from 2018.  Continue reading

Former Misfits Drummer Joey Image Has Died, Age 63

 

Sad news a Misfits drummer Joey Image has passed away. He was 63. No cause of death has as yet been revealed. According to the Brooklyn Vegan website, The New York Hardcore Chronicles shared the news on Facebook, writing, “Joey Image of The Misfits dead at 63. Rest in Peace.” Joey was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2016, and was seeking treatment at The University of Miami, where he was a possible candidate for a liver transplant, he wrote in a GoFundMe. Joey was in Misfits between 1978 and 1980 and drummed on the Horror Business EP, the “Night of the Living Dead” single, and the Beware EP, and his contributions can be heard on the classic Legacy of Brutality and self-titled compilation albums. He briefly reunited with the band for a live performance in 2000 as well. We send our sympathies out to Joey’s family, friends and fans at this difficult time. Continue reading

Super7 Releases Limited Edition Misfits “Legacy of Brutality” ReAction Figures

Super7, known for its amazing line of throwback toys and iconic cultural callbacks, has released a limited-edition Misfits “Legacy of Brutality” ReAction figure in translucent red. This short-run of posable figures is the latest in their expansive collection of Misfits collectibles. The bran has also made ReActuon figures of Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Ghost, Motorhead, Megadeth, Agnostic Front, Gorilla Biscuits, and many more. Order now at the link below! Continue reading

Cro-Mags Share Lyric Video for “The Final Test”

Cro-Mags, one of the founding fathers of Hardcore Punk, will release their first album in 20 years, In The Beginning, will release via Mission Two Entertainment. Led by Harley Flannigan, Cro-Mags have their line-up rounded out with guitarists Rocky George, Gabby Abularach and drummer Garry Sullivan, and the band hit the road last year supporting the reunited Misfits and compiled footage for their first music video in 27 years with “No One’s Victim.” With the state of touring constantly changing, the band is eager to get back out to their fans and are scheduled to perform in Japan this November supporting Circle Jerks with other dates to come. Watch the new lyric video and single, ‘The Final Test’, which you can watch now! Continue reading

Glenn Danzig Says The Misfits Have Discussed a New Live Album

In a new interview with Rolling Stone (link below), Glenn Danzig says “The Original Misfits” that have reunited and toured since 2016 have discussed a new live recording, according to Blabbermouth.net. When asked about the prospect of new Misfits music he responded: “Not right now. I know we have a show we have to do on May 4th, some festivals we’re headlining (the since canceled Domination Fest). But that’s it for a while, especially since Danzig’s going out this year.” Asked if he has thought about trying to do a live Misfits release or recording something, Glenn said: “Yeah, we’ll see. It’s something we’ve talked about.”

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BOOK REVIEW: Michael Alago and Laura Davis-Chanin – “I Am Michael Alago: Breathing Music. Signing Metallica. Beating Death.”

Everybody has a story.

There are many words of wisdom born from the soul of Michael Alago that he has shared in his memoir. Most know him as the music industry legend that signed Metallica to Electra Records and helped guide them on the path to being the biggest band of all time. The Drew Stone documentary Who The F*ck Is That Guy: The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago (now on Netflix and Amazon) shined a light on him that he deserved for decades. But there is so much more to his story, to the person than bands he signed, and who whom he rubbed shoulders with. The film was a terrific introduction to his life and times and why he deserves the credit he does. The book slowly peels back the years, all the wonderful and terrible things that life can bring and all the in-betweens. A lot of formative times with his family growing up in Brooklyn, dear friends, loves and losses. A terrific tapestry of experiences, stories, and reminiscences. There are many standout movements, including instances of Michael being surrounded the greats of the music and art world; Jerry Brandt, Bill Graham, Danny Fields, Bob Krasnow, Robert Mapplethorpe and many more. It’s cool enough to have met those people, but what really matters is listening and learning from greatness when it comes across your path. He did just that. Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #353: Who The F*ck Is That Guy? It’s Michael Alago!

Michael Alago is not just famous for making Metallica a household name and signing White Zombie, he has put down a legendary career in the music on top of those highlights! His new memoir, I Am Michael Alago: Breathing Music. Signing Metallica, Beating Death is coming out March 25th. Matt and Curtis hear from Michael about his life and career on Dumb and Dumbest – Episode #353 – Who The F*ck Is That Guy? It’s Michael Alago! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR) and Keith Chachkes (Ghost Cult/BDWE Media). In addition to the podcast, Matt, Curtis, and Keith all host The Music Marketing Challenges: low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists.  And we just launched a Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for details Continue reading