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Dave Lombardo Recounts Getting the Call To Join MISFITS

Jerry Only's reaction was pretty great.

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Misfits reunited with original vocalist Glenn Danzig in 2016, and have been doing on-and-off reunion shows since. The band's lineup includes bassist Jerry Only and guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, alongside new additions guitarist Acey Slade and drummer Dave Lombardo.

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So how'd Lombardo, whose résumé includes bands like Slayer, Dead Cross, Metallica for a hot second there and damn near Megadeth, get involved? Easy! 'Cause Danzig wanted him, as Lombardo reveals in a recent episode of Speak N' Destroy.

"Well, I received a phone call from Glenn – and I love Glenn, he's a great guy, he's always been cool to me, we've always had great conversations when we see each other," said Lombardo. "And he gave me a call and just basically said Jerry and he resolved their issues and he's willing to do some shows with the Misfits, and they were getting back together.

"But there was one stipulation, and it's that Glenn said that he's the one that chooses the drummer and that he wanted me. And that was it. There was no argument, no suggestions. He didn't want to bring any of the old drummers, he wanted me. I was like, 'Wow, dude, I'm humbled, thank you.' And I said yeah. So we agreed, and I knew it was going to be big.

"The name, when you think of the Misfits and you think of the most iconic logo in the world and the most iconic name, yet the band is so mysterious because they stopped playing gigs in the early '80s. For some reason, my instincts were like, 'You got it, man. Let's do it.' But I think the funniest moment was when I spoke to Jerry.

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"I met up with Jerry, and he said, 'Hey, I thought you lived in Upstate New York or New Jersey – when Glenn told me this guy Dave Lombardo.' He says, 'Oh yeah, doesn't he live up here?' It's like, 'No, he's from California.' He goes, 'Oh, I thought he's some Italian kid from Upstate.' And it was cool, we got along great, I love Jerry – great guy.

"I remember Jerry telling me, 'Oh yeah, I spoke to Glenn and told him how it was going. I basically told him it's like dropping a Lamborghini engine in a '51 Chevy.'"

As of April 2020, Misfits were discussing potential new material, but no concrete answers (or evidence of studio time) have surfaced.

[via UG]

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