Friggin' Danzig

Austin Music Commission Considers Erecting Statue of Danzig Riding a Dragon


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Former MetalSucks legal columnist Antonin Skullia sent us this story last night. And although the idea will almost certainly have been shot down by the time you read this, it’s still too funny not to share. From CBS affiliate KEYE-TV:

“The Austin Music Commission will float the mother of all memorial ideas at its regular meeting tonight: A statue of legendary rock singer Glenn Danzig mounted on a dragon and welcoming visitors to the eastern edge of Downtown Austin.

“The monument to the bellicose baritone who fronted the iconic horror punk outfit The Misfits before embarking on his own tumultuous solo career is listed as a future goal in a Monday night presentation that will update the Commission on the progress of the recently minted Red River Cultural District.”

The article continues:

“The idea for the Danzig statue is attributed to James Moody, the owner of The Mohawk, the famous live music venue that sits at Red River and 10th streets. When reached by phone Monday afternoon, Moody acknowledged the idea was mostly in jest. But he added, “if they’re willing to do it in gold, I’ll submit it as a serious idea.” He also suggested ruby eyes for the simulacrum of the man who also fronted the 80s metal band Samhain.

“The idea to immortalize Danzig, if serious, could actually meet with opposition from some corners of the local community — and not just those opposed to the provocative musical themes heralded by the quasi-Satanic rocker. In 2011, Danzig raised the ire of Austin music fans after a set at Fun Fun Fun Fest that was described by at least one critic as a ‘debacle.'”

They are referring, of course, to the now-infamous French onion soup incident. So it would be kinda understandable if the locals didn’t wanna erect a monument in this schmuck’s honor.

Still, the idea of a statue of SOME metal star riding a dragon is so awesome, it absolutely must come to fruition. Danzig is from Jersey (of course), so The Austin Music Commission clearly isn’t adverse to the dragon rider not being a local… so might I be so bold as to suggest Ronnie James Dio? No one could argue that he doesn’t deserve a memorial statue, it would be incredibly fitting given the late vocalist’s persona, and it would be even cooler than the Baphomet statue the Satanists are trying to put on the lawn of the Oklahoma State Capital. Don’t you agree?

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