Glenn Danzig’s Disastrous 2011 Showing in Austin, Texas
Today Rock N’ Roll True Stories published a video about The Misfits and Samhain frontman Glenn Danzig and his showing at the 2011 Austin Fun, Fun, Fun Festival and the disastrous outcome. Check it out below!
What’s going on my fellow rock n’ rollers. Don’t forget to hit the bell notification icon to be notified everytime I upload a new video on my channel. Glenn Danzig would win some brownie points showing off his softer side in 2010 when he was spotted buying kitty litter, but one year later those points would be expired after his behavior at the Fun Fun Fun Festival in Austin, Texas. Danzig was set to headline the festival friday night, but following his performance the promoters would come out and publicly shame him in the press for his behavior. Even a high profile metal band got involved. What happened? Stay tuned to find out.
Danzig arrived in Austin the morning of the show. He reportedly told festival organizers it was too cold, he had a cough and he wasn’t going to play. According to Rolling Stone Magazine “He then demanded vitamins, French onion soup and a Wendy’s chicken sandwich”. Danzig claimed the temperature the night of his performance was going to be below freezing, when in actuality The temperature was mid to high 50’s.
According to the festival promoters they had to negotiate with the frontman for hours ensuring they provided him with on-stage heaters, and provide an on-site doctor to tend to his death cough. Followin those itense negotiations they were assured by his managers the show would proceed as planned. Danzig was scheduled to take the stage at 8:15pm that night, but he still refused to take the stage citing the weather again, his cough and his general disappointment with the stage setup despite the fact it was approved months prior to his performance and ok’d by his stage crew the day of the show. Danzig would eventually give in and took the stage 45 minutes late at 9pm. Keep in mind there was a 10pm curfew, and with him starting 45 min late he would only be performing for less than an hour. It’s funny for a city to call itself the live music capital of the world it sounds ridiculous to have a 10pm curfew.
Upon taking to the stage Danzig told the crowd that he was “fing freezing”. Despite his unhappiness with everything he still played a 16 song set according to setlistfm until the curfew, but the reaction on Twitter from attendees was brutal with some comments comparing it to Daznig karaoke.. At 10 p.m., when the promoters had to to enforce the city’s curfew Danzig had only made it through two Misfits songs disappointing many fans who travelled from long distances to attend the show. Danzig encouraged the crowd to riot and while many screamed for the musician to continue on with his performance no riot ensued and countless fans took to twitter to express their anger and disappointment while some defended Danzig. Here’s a clip of what went down the night of the show. \
Perhaps my favourite part of this whole story was that one of the festival organizers took to Facebook following Danzig’s performance to express his displeasure outlining the following
“Hi. I book the fest. Those that are hating could NOT be more wrong. Yes, someone has your money and ripped you off. His name is Glenn. Stop by his house in LA with some kitty litter in trade for your refund, but we still had to pay him and he didn’t deserve it after what he pulled. Here is how it went down…
-glenn says it’s freezing in austin and he can’t go on. says it’s going to be 28 degrees tonight and he won’t perform (keep in mind, it’s currently 71 and sunny with a night forecast of maybe 50+). he says we have to move the show/festival inside if we want him to play (obviously, that’s not possible).
The organizer would go on to say they brought in stage heaters despite the fact no other bands required them
Arriving 30 min before stage time Danzig wouldn’t leave his trailer to go look at the stage depsite the fact it was 50 feet from his trailer , so the lighting company drew up specs for him to look at in his trailer.
In the same statement the organizer would claim “Glenn’s bodyguard gets pushy (literally) with murder city devils manager and tells them they can’t have their friends watch from stage and wants them to cut their set. kicks them off stage and gets physical with the band and stafff….oh, also danzig says he’s just as big as slayer and slayer is playing a bigger stage on sunday and that’s bullshit and wants to play the same stage slayer is playing…or won’t play. makes him look bad.
-Fifteen minutes to stage time at 8:15 the band is ready, corpse make ups done, everything’s tuned and danzig claims he isn’t playing due to it being too cold outside and he tells the organizers that the stage should have windscrews so he is protected from wind. The stage managers proceed to cover the stage with windscreens and it’s now 8:40, ten minutes into his start time
Danzig then claims to the organizers that he can’t go onstage telling them “i got a deathbug. if i go on stage and get sick, i’ll die. i’m not getting sicker for this show” The organizers would claim and i quote: he totally looks and seems fine…no coughing, no paleness, no vomiting, just some balding and a gut, from what i can tell). we get the Dr and he says he can do a b12 shot or anything he needs if he feels bad…danzig says he only treats illnesses naturally, so won’t do that. Following the whole debacle Danzig almost got into a fight backsage with people and lef the gig and the organizers slammed the singer for trying to make hte organizers and city officials and cops scape goats.
The night following his performance the damned played and goofed on danzig during their set. Not only that but other artists did the same and slayer took it one step further posting this great photo on Facebook with the caption “Great show tonight @FunFunFunFest got everything we needed.”
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