Misfits, Juicehead | House of Blues | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Misfits, Juicehead Recommended Member Picks All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Sun., Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m. 2009

Lollapalooza, known to folks of my particularly pale complexion as the Free Sunstroke and Skin Cancer Festival, has never been particularly friendly to creatures of the night, but fortunately the Misfits are in town to pick up the slack. Bassist and vocalist Jerry Only is the only original member in the current three-piece lineup, but they’re all 30-year punk vets—drummer Robo (who played with the Misfits in the early 80s) and guitarist Dez Cadena are of course alumni of Black Flag. Dez is as much the star of the show as Jerry these days, and on previous tours he’s taken over on vocals for a few Black Flag covers in each set. The heavier, more metallic sound of the Misfits’ post-Danzig years has some fans frustrated and others stoked—I know they won’t stop arguing about it, but to me this seems like something that can only be decided one visceral reaction at a time, like whether slow zombies are scarier than fast zombies. Juicehead opens. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $18-$20

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