Danzig, sweaty and old

So I went to see Danzig, who is on the “Blackest of the Black” tour, last Friday (Halloween). It was one of those things…I’ve never seen Danzig live, and had to take advantage of the opportunity. I knew, however, that he would not be in top form, and I would probably be disappointed. But come on, it’s Danzig.

Doors opened at 6, and the show was supposed to start at 7. I went with my friend Jorge, who is also an artist and fellow lover of metal (mostly thrash). We grabbed some food before the show, and probably arrived at the venue a little after 7.  Having been to many shows, I was expecting it to start late. When we got there, the second band was just starting to set up. Of course, we didn’t know it was the second band at the time, but apparently Skeletonwitch had already performed. Which means that for the first time in the history of metal shows, someone actually went on early. And of course it had to be Skeletonwitch, the one band I was looking forward to seeing aside from Danzig. Whatever. Winds of Plague went on second, and they were pretty bad. The sound was crap, and the songs were just not good. Gratuitous breakdowns surrounded by generic death metal. Moonspell was next, and they were better. I won’t be buying any albums of theirs, but it was a welcome improvement.

Dimmu Borgir came on before Danzig, and they were easily the most impressive band of the night. They sounded tight, the sound was outstanding, and they put on a good theatrical show. No makeup for Dimmu Borgir on Halloween though, which was ironic. They said their crew stole their makeup. Honestly, I’ve heard Dimmu Borgir before on XM radio, and the songs never really did anything for me. I should say that I’m not big on the whole synthesizer-laden black metal to begin with. They really blew me away live, though. Totally different band.

And then Danzig. Danzig took his sweet ass time getting on the stage. It must have been a 40 minute wait at least. The crowd was getting antsy, then pissed. When Danzig did finally arrive, he launched into a song I didn’t recognize, then “Twist of Cain”, butchering both. He was singing about half a verse, then pulling the mic away from his face. On top of that, he was rushing the lyrics, as if he was too excited to sing it at the correct pace. The overall effect was not good. Thankfully, Glen’s performance improved as the set went along, and his other material was done well. Danzig is actually looking pretty good for his age these days. He’s pretty muscular, even if he has packed on a few pounds around his waist. His voice is still excellent, and he performed with a lot of passion. He did seem as if he was breathing pretty hard in between songs, and chugging a lot of water. Hey, whatever it takes.

Overall, I can’t complain about the quality of the show. Danzig still knows how to rock, and he seemed sincerely into it. Unfortunately, the songs in this year’s show go in chronological order, from the first Danzig album on. This means that he starts getting into his weaker material about 2/3 of the way through (Anything after Danzig III, in my opinion), so the show starts to drag until you get to the end. Then he does Mother (of course), and the encore (Dirty Black Summer and Snakes of Christ, I think).

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~ by mikehill25 on November 5, 2008.

One Response to “Danzig, sweaty and old”

  1. There’s so much to like about Glenn’s music, but at the end of the day, he has no sense of self-awareness at all. Guys like Lemmy stick to their guns and look cooler every day for it, but Danzig’s whole act is so contrived and silly that it makes me feel a little sorry that he hasn’t somehow done better for himself in his later years.

    That, and he has a tendency to act like a jackass in concert. Witness: http://ahistoryofbadtaste.blogspot.com/2008/08/danzig.html

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