Danzig Legacy New York
Saturday, October 29
Better than: Bobbing for dismembered limbs in a tank of formaldehyde.
On a dreary, slushy Halloween weekend mess, Glenn Danzig, the diabolical mesh-loving doom crooner and heavy metal pioneer, celebrated his career34 years of ghoulish, Satanic imagery and pounding musical mayhemat Hammerstein Ballroom. The miserable nature of the night's weather set an appropriate mood for the performance, a bleak landscape for music equally suited for the raging infernos of the rapture or a sunless, post-apocalyptic ice world. And although most fans preferred to don their normal metal uniformsblack band tees and various leather accoutrementsbloody body parts and gaping bullet wounds or serrated knife slashes, delicately constructed with gobs of viscous theatrical makeup, peeked out from the darkness here and there.
Danzig is a New Jersey native with a lifelong obsession surrounding occult and gore and a long history with the holiday, which made Halloween weekend the right time for the Danzig Legacy Tour's New York City stop. Each show on the four-city tour is divided into three sets, with each set focusing on one of the main projects in Danzig's career. Even within the confines of aggressive agita and mystical gloom, Danzig's music has covered a fairly astonishing range and traveled a noticeable arc. The shambolic, campy glory of The Misfits; the transitional death rock of Samhain; the theatrical, murky metal of his longest running and current band Danzigeach project incorporated parts of the previous as it meticulously unfolded and reached maturity.More »