On April 18, 1977, The Misfits played its first-ever gig at the now-defunct CBGB in New York City. In celebration of the band's 40th anniversary, and pretty close to the band's live debut, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Museum has inducted custom Devastator Bass and custom spiked leather vest as part of its permanent exhibition!
You might've seen the bass and vest at the 2016 reunion shows, and now you can see 'em in the Hall of Fame’s Blank Generation: New York/London/Los Angeles case in the Cities and Sounds exhibit. Here's what Meredith Rutledge-Borger, Curator at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, had to say.
"The Misfits have long been a favorite here at the Rock Hall among both visitors and staff. We are thrilled to add these unbelievably kickass and iconic items to our permanent collection, and are so grateful to Misfits' founding member and bassist Jerry Only for his generosity in sharing the legacy of his genre-defining career. These artifacts will help us continue to engage, teach and inspire our visitors through the power of rock & roll."
Naturally, Only is pretty excited about it too.
"Fame was not my intent. It was always the creation of something so unique that others would remain in awe of its design. I am proud to walk among icons who felt the same way. We changed the world!!! I am honored to have my Excalibur…’The Devastator’ and my ‘Fiend Battle Armor’ on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame… May we one day grace its halls and exhibit a full arsenal of our weapons of mass destruction. Search -n- Destroy!"
Now if we could just get that Danzig-fronted Misfits album that Only wants to do…