Legendary frontman Glenn Danzig (DANZIG, MISFITS, SAMHAIN) has released the long-awaited "Danzig Legacy" TV special, produced and directed by Mark Brooks (Adult Swim's "Metalocalypse") and Evilive Records. A 50-minute showcase with appearances by former MISFITS guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, PRONG mainman Tommy Victor and Steve Zing, the special — which was was filmed in May 2012 in Glendale, California — is available for rent now for a 24-hour streaming period for $9.99 through Vimeo On Demand.
Says Brooks: "My idea was to do a take on the Elvis '68 special, only with Danzig, showcasing all the aspects of his legendary career from MISFITS to SAMHAIN, and ultimately to his self-titled outfit DANZIG, that finally achieved him worldwide success."
In an April 2013 interview with Full Metal Jackie, Danzig stated about "Legacy": "The 'Legacy' TV special was an idea that was brought to me and it was an idea that Mark Brooks had; he does 'Metalocalypse'. It was basically to do like a DANZIG 'Legacy' TV show loosely based on the Elvis [Presley] '68 Comeback special; it revisited a lot of his past and a lot of stuff. So we did that with the 'Legacy' TV show. It was performance pieces that I do, then there's the band playing live, we do [songs from] DANZIG, SAMHAIN. Then for the MISFITS thing, we did what Elvis did when he sat down with Scotty Moore and the Memphis Mafia and we just did them all right there live, sitting and everyone's around us; there's no backstage, we're just on a little podium in from of everybody. And so we did a bunch of MISFITS songs and Steve [Zing] was just playing on a cylinder or something; it was pretty cool. We were doing the 'Legacy' shows anyway around that same time period, so we just thought we'd put it on film while everybody was there."
He added: "Especially when we were doing the shows, and then going and doing the TV special with the very intimate audience, it was really cool just seeing how much the music affected all of the people that are really into it. It's so many different generations of fans. It put a really cool perspective on it, and I think everyone's going to enjoy it. I know the people that were there really enjoyed it. I think I'm playing one of the songs and my tooth falls out, like a cap or whatever it is like in the middle when I'm about to sing. I'm, like, Hey, my fucking teeth fell out,' so it's just stuff like that that's just happening spur of the moment because it's live."
In other news, Danzig is readying a series of catalog reissues, in some cases will be issued on new formats (including vinyl) for the first time ever. All titles will see release on Danzig's own Evillive Records in 2015.
The new studio album from Glenn Danzig's namesake band is set for a fall 2015 release, and his long-awaited covers effort is due later this year. He is also working on an EP of Elvis Presley covers.