Danzig Says He’s Retiring from Touring
You won’t have Danzig to kick around anymore.
In a new interview with Loudwire (below), Danzig reveals that after his current North American tour with Superjoint Ritual, he is going to do whatever the Metal D00d from New Jersey equivalent of moving to a gated community in Florida is:
“I think this is going to be it. I’ll do some shows here or there, but I don’t think I’m going to tour anymore.”
Danzig turned sixty in June, so he is definitely getting, as they say, too old for this shit.
Still, it’s hard to imagine that this decision hasn’t been at all influenced by the fact that Danzig is, well, a punching bag. In the summer of 2004, he became a literal punching bag, and then he became a figurative punching bag almost immediately thereafter (he is currently one of only two artists to have the dishonor of his own category on MetalSucks). And the internet hits hard, bruh. Gloves off, brass knuckles on, the full nine.
The general dislike of Danzig in the metalsphere culminated this week with allegations that Danzig and his security guards assaulted a fan at a recent concert in Montreal. The police are now investigating those accusations.
All of which is to say: it’s easy to imagine Danzig finally tearing his black shirt off and saying, “Okay, enough, fuck this, I’m out.” The events of the past eleven years have been a pure delight for those of us who enjoy schadenfreude (especially when the “victim” appears to be a prick deserving of his fate, as is the case here), but they have likely been less fun for Glenn. Becoming, at most, a studio musician who sometimes plays festivals or special one-off shows makes sense from the standpoint of protecting his ego. His cats at home are not going to snap photos of him on their cell phones.
As for my own personal feelings regarding Danzig’s decision, well… I think it can be summed up by this exchange I had with a friend yesterday: