Misfits - Glenn, Bobby, Joey, & Jerry timeline

Mr. Jim was born in Lodi, NJ.
Robo was born in Cali, Colombia.
Glenn Danzig was born in Lodi, NJ.
Bobby Steele was born in Teaneck, NJ.
Franché Coma was born in Lodi, NJ.
Jerry Only was born in Lodi, NJ.
Brian Damage was born in Brooklyn, NY.
Doyle was born in Lodi, NJ.
Manny and Mr. Jim graduated from Lodi High School.
Glenn Danzig graduated from Lodi High School. He had also spent some time at Bergen Technical High School.
Glenn wrote "Bullet."
Bobby Steele graduated from New Milford High School.
Glenn and Mr. Jim were in a cover band called Whodat And Boojang with Stevie Lin and a guy named Jerry.
Franché Coma graduated from high school in Florida after spending his first three years at Lodi High School.
After Whodat And Boojang, Glenn decided to form a band that performed all original material. He named the band "The Misfits" after Marilyn Monroe's final movie, and invited his old friend Manny to play drums. Manny brought in a blond guitarist friend whose name Glenn cannot remember. This original lineup did not feature a bassist. Glenn's friend Diane DiPiaza, (who was later thanked on the back cover of COUGH/COOL), soon joined as bassist, but Manny stopped coming to practice, after which Mr. Jim took over briefly on drums. Guitarist Jimmy Battle then joined the band and Manny returned. After a while, Jimmy was unable to come to practice because he lived too far across town.
Jerry began playing bass. He received the guitar as a late Christmas present.
Manny introduced Glenn to Jerry who was asked to join The Misfits as the permanent bassist. It was Jerry's first band.
The Misfits performed their first show at CBGB's Audition Showcase. Jerry has listed both 4/18/77 (in recent interviews) and 4/25/77 (in Forced Exposure #5) as the date of the first show. CBGB advertisements for those two dates show that both nights were Audition Showcase shows, but The Shirts also played on 4/25/77. Glenn remembers opening for The Shirts at the second Misfits show (6/28/77) and NOT at the first, which rules out 4/25/77. Songs included "Bullet," "Hollywood Babylon," "She," "West End Avenue, "In The Doorway," "Harpies In The Night," and "Feline Nursery."
Jerry Only graduated from Lodi High School.
The COUGH/COOL 7" was released on Blank Records.
Franché Coma joined the band. His stage name was chosen by Glenn and Jerry.
A fire caused by a boiler at Manny's house damaged much of the band's equipment, including Manny's drums, Franché's amplifier and cabinet, Jerry's amplifier and cabinet, and Glenn's amplifier and cabinet.
At Franché's first show (the band's third show), The Misfits played five songs as a trio with Glenn on piano ("West End Avenue," "Theme For A Jackal," "Hollywood Babylon," "In The Doorway," "Cough/Cool") and then did the rest of the show with Franché on guitar ("Angelfuck," "She," "Feline Nursery," "Come Back," "Some Kinda Hate," and "Hybrid Moments"). Before the show, Franché almost damaged his guitar by accidentally setting the case on the Eddie's Lounge stove. Note: 10/20/77 is Franché's best guess about the date of this show.
Mercury Records offered 30 hours of studio time at C.I. Studios in return for naming one of their sub-labels Blank Records and releasing a Pere Ubu album on it. Mercury had the option of releasing the music on their Blank label if they liked it.
The Misfits arrived in Toronto, Canada after a 10 hour drive, for two shows (12/21 and 12/22) only to discover that the headlining band, Devo, had cancelled. Instead of driving back to New Jersey, the band went ahead and did the shows with The Skulls opening.
Lacking a drummer for their recording session at C.I. Recording, The Misfits began rehearsing with Mr. Jim of Continental Crawler. They spent about 10 days recording 17 songs, 14 of which were intended for the STATIC AGE album. Mercury Records decided not to release the album.
The BULLET EP was released, featuring the new band logo designed by Glenn Danzig.
Max's Kansas City had a tribute to Jim Morrison night. Glenn sang and Mr. Jim played drums.
The Misfits began performing "Children In Heat," "Where Eagles Dare," and "Who Killed Marilyn?" live. By the time Franché left the band, they had already begun rehearsing "Horror Business," "Night Of The Living Dead," "Rat Fink," "Halloween," and "Blue Christmas." They also occasionally rehearsed "Wild Thing."
Glenn and Jerry attended the Punk Magazine music awards ceremony at Max's Kansas City.
Franché Coma left the band during after the shows in Detroit, due to his touring paranoia. The band returned to New Jersey and got Rick Riley of The Victims to take his place for the remaining shows scheduled for Canada. They taught him the songs in the truck on the way up. Mr. Jim left the band soon afterward.
The VICTIMS 7" was released on Plan 9 records.
After answering a newspaper advertisement placed by Glenn, Joey Image was visited at Libra Studios in Manhattan by Glenn and Jerry during a drum rehearsal. He auditioned with them at Jerry's garage and was asked to join the band a week later. Glenn and Jerry picked out his stage name. He had wanted to be called Joey Pills.
Bobby Steele auditioned for The Misfits. Glenn had seen his advertisement in Aquarian Weekly and called him up. Bobby had been nicknamed Bobby Steele because of his steel leg brace.
Bobby and Joey played their first show with The Misfits. The first song of the night was "Static Age." During the show, the band dumped grape kool-aid on the audience, mocking the Jonestown Massacre of a few weeks before. The flyer for this show included the first photograph of the band with the new lineup. Jerry was just beginning his devilock hairstyle. The band was supposed to open for Trixie Sly that night, but Trixie never showed up.
The shows at Max's Kansas City were recorded. "Attitude" was later used on the FLIPSIDE VINYL FANZINE VOL. 2 LP. Bobby's guitar only had 2 strings left by the time the song was recorded. Later that night, the band played another show, which was videotaped, at Studio Zero.
The Misfits entered the studio to record the HORROR BUSINESS 7" single. Later that night, they went to a Whorelords (Bobby's former band) show in New York City.
Jerry Only spent the evening at a party with Sid Vicious. The next morning, while doing a delivery for his father's business, he heard on the radio that Sid had died.
The HORROR BUSINESS session was mixed.
The Misfits played at Max's Kansas City with The Asexuals opening. The Asexuals featured Bobby Steele on guitar, Annie Anxiety on vocals, and Howie Pyro on bass. It was the only time Bobby played with The Asexuals.
A "Who Killed Marilyn?"/"Where Eagles Dare" 7" single, featuring versions recorded during the HORROR BUSINESS recording session was proposed (as Plan 9: PL1007) and dropped for unknown reasons. As Glenn said in the June 1986 issue of "Thrasher," "There's also a 'Who Killed Marilyn?'/'Where Eagles Dare' 45 that never came out."
The poster for the Max's Kansas City show on this night featured the first use of the Crimson Ghost by the band. This was the last time The Misfits performed at at Max's Kansas City, due to the fact that they were permanently banned after the show. Bobby Steele was arrested after the show for supposedly hitting a person in the audience with a glass. The band's upcoming show as part of Max's Easter Music Festival was subsequently cancelled.
The promotional black vinyl copies of HORROR BUSINESS were officially released at the band's show with The Damned. Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry were in the audience at this show.
While hanging out at the Mudd Club, Bobby Steele vomited on John Lennon's shoes.
Jerry and Glenn spent a night in jail after trashing Mudd Club owner Steve Mass's room at The Chelsea in New York City. They were arrested after a police officer noticed them throwing bottles out of the fifth floor window of the room with Patricia Ragan of Punk Magazine.
The Misfits did an in-store signing at Motley's in Bethlehem, PA before their show that night.
The Irving Plaza show in New York City was videotaped and the Fiend Club was advertised for the first time. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD was released and sold at the door to Irving Plaza for $2 a copy.
In preparation for the band's upcoming UK tour, Glenn sent out several special promo packages consisting of a HORROR BUSINESS 7", a NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 7", the 8"x10" promo band photo of the distorted BEWARE cover, the 8"x10" promo band photo taken by Glen Brown, and a sheet of paper with information on the tour, all in a purple silk-screened Misfits envelope.
Late in the evening, the band arrived in England for the UK tour with The Damned. They had scheduled to do 24 shows in 28 days.
Jerry unexpectedly showed up at the home of Dave Vanian, the lead singer of The Damned, while the rest of The Misfits waited at the hotel. Although Dave and Jerry had previously discussed touring together in the UK, the members of The Damned were not expecting them. The Damned, who already had a tour with a North Ireland band called Victim scheduled, kindly added The Misfits to the bill. Although Victim opened first, advertisements for the tour listed The Misfits as the opening band.
After doing the soundcheck for what would have been their second show in the UK, The Misfits cancelled the tour because they weren't getting paid.
With nowhere to go, The Misfits befriended a man named Derek who promised to be their temporary manager. They were later announced as the surprise opening act for The Clash, but couldn't play because Joey left the band and returned to the U.S.
Jerry left the band for a few days to go on a tour of England with Sid Vicious's mother. He told the rest of the band members to "lay low" while he was gone.
Glenn and Bobby went to see The Jam play at The Rainbow in London. A group of skinheads started a fight with them before the show so Glenn grabbed a piece of glass from a nearby broken window to fight them off while Bobby ran to get the police. Both Glenn and Bobby were arrested by the Metropolitan Police for threatening behavior, as documented on their record: "ON SUNDAY THE 2nd OF DECEMBER, AT HORNSBY ROAD N7 USING THREATENING BEHAVIOUR, WHEREBY A BREACH OF THE PEACE MAY HAVE BEEN OCCASIONED." CITING TO SECTION 54(b)METROPOLITAN POLICE ACT 1839 They were thrown in Brixton jail for two days, at which time Glenn wrote "London Dungeon."
Glenn and Bobby went to Highbury Common Magistrates court after their arrest.
The band flew back to the United States, having funded the entire trip with Jerry's father's American Express credit card.
The NO QUARTER - MUSIC FOR WORLD WAR III compilation was allegedly released in Australia on Cherry Red Records, featuring "Last Caress" and tracks by Half Japanese. This album was later listed in several discographies, although it probably does not exist.
Arthur Googy joined his first band - The Misfits.
Bobby played his last show with the band. It was the only time The Misfits performed with both Bobby and Arthur in the band. An audio recording of this show exists but has not been distributed.
Bobby Steele was informed that he was no longer in the band. Doyle, Jerry Only's younger brother, replaced him. It was his first band. He had learned to play guitar from Jerry and Glenn.
The Misfits appeared on the "Uncle Floyd Show" and lip-synched to the MSP studio versions of "Halloween" and "Vampira." Later that night, Doyle played his first show with the band at Irving Plaza. Frank Zappa, who had been invited to the show by Bobby, was in the audience. Doyle wore a blue Star Trek shirt during the show.
The new band logo, using the "Famous Monsters Of Filmland" lettering was used for the first time on the 3 HITS FROM HELL promo poster, although the old logo was used on the 7" itself.
Using Jerry's 200-400W amp and Doyle's 600W amp, The Misfits blew the roof off the garage during practice one day.
Glenn and Eerie Von Stellmann were introduced by Doyle, and Eerie photographed the band at a nearby cave.
WALK AMONG US was planned for release on Plan 9 Records. Center labels for this album, which would have been the first Plan 9 full length release (Plan 9 PL9-01), were printed. When the contract with Ruby/Slash was worked out, this album idea was abandoned and a new set of songs was chosen.
The HALLOWEEN single was released and sold for the first time at the band's Halloween show.
The Misfits played a show at On Broadway in San Francisco upstairs from a Black Flag show at Mabuhay Gardens. The opening act was a showing of "Plan 9 From Outer Space" featuring The Misfits bursting through the movie screen at the end of the movie. Near the end of the set, Henry Rollins came upstairs and joined Glenn in singing "We Are 138."
The Misfits appeared as the surprise headlining band (replacing Tenpole Tudor) at The Ritz in New York where The Undead and Heart Attack were playing. During The Undead's set, members of The Misfits threw things at Bobby Steele. When The Misfits took the stage, the audience responded by throwing things at them. Glenn got angry, as can be heard by listening to his interjections during some of the songs played that night, recorded on EVILIVE. This same night, Glenn changed the chorus of "Teenagers From Mars" to slander Bobby, who was watching from the balcony. Glenn repeated this at several other shows in the months that followed.
Glenn flew to Los Angeles with multi-track recordings of songs to be released on the WALK AMONG US LP.
Ruby/Slash's plans to promote the WALK AMONG US album with a show on this night with the Flesheaters opening were cancelled.
The Misfits appeared on KALX radio in Berkeley before their show at the Elite Club in San Francisco. They headlined the show with The Flesheaters, The Undead (the California band, not Bobby Steele's band), and many others opening for them. Various members of the audience were throwing things at the bands, and one repeatedly tried to hit Doyle in the head with beer cans. After five songs, both Arthur and Rocky (Misfits roadie and brother of Jerry and Doyle) jumped into the audience to stop him. During the fight that ensued, Doyle attempted to pull the person towards the stage with his guitar and ended up accidentally breaking the guitar over his head. He was not killed, and no charges were filed, although the band did cause a riot to break out.
The Misfits show at Whisky A Go Go was attended by Henry Rollins of Black Flag (who joined them onstage for the last song) and Earl from Saccharine Trust, both of whom appear on one of the covers for the EVILIVE 7" EP. Also in the audience was Rick James. The Flesheaters were supposed to be the opening band at this show, but were replaced by Saccharine Trust. On this night, the alleged Motley Crue chase (documented by Eerie Von in THE MISFITS BOX SET liner notes) occurred. According to Henry Rollins, Vince Neil (Motley Crue's vocalist) walked into the bar while The Misfits were doing their soundcheck. Having never seen anyone with the Los Angeles glam look, Jerry, Doyle, and Glenn began pointing and yelling at him without ever leaving the stage. At this point, Vince Neil supposedly turned and ran out the door.
While in Los Angeles, Glenn and Arthur got in an argument at McDonald's. The band was running low on money and Arthur wanted two cheeseburgers, but Glenn thought he should only have one. After this argument, Arthur decided to leave the band and the plans to record the Earth A.D. album (almost a year before they actually got around to doing it) in California were scrapped.
After the San Diego Misfits show, the band stayed overnight with Mad Marc Rude, who cooked them a huge spaghetti dinner.
During the day, The Misfits met Vampira at an in-store autograph session at Vinyl Fetish. Later that night, they played a surprise set of six songs at Whisky A Go Go, opening for The Dickies. Next they headed over to Al's Bar for their second show of the night, and later on in the night, they (supposedly) performed a third show at another small club.
Glenn talked to Brian Damage (then a member of Genocide) about joining The Misfits.
On one Friday night during the month, Misfits photographer and roadie Eerie Von Stellmann (then of Rosemary's Babies) rehearsed with the band and was accepted as the drummer. On the following Monday he let them know that he had decided to stay with his band instead of joining The Misfits. During times when the band had no drummer, Jerry and Doyle would sometimes practice with their brother Rocky on drums.
Doyle and Eerie Von Stellmann graduated from Lodi High School.
The Misfits performed at Irving Plaza in New York with The Necros opening. Because they still had no drummer, Todd Swalla (Necros drummer) played for them that night. Eerie Von Stellmann, who would have played at that show if he had chosen to stay with the band, photographed this show.
Upon returning to the United States, Robo was informed by Henry Rollins that The Misfits were looking for a new drummer. Robo called Glenn and was invited to join the band, at which point he flew in from Los Angeles.
Jerry's daughter Kathy was born.
After playing a show at Tupelo's in New Orleans, The Misfits and The Necros went to hang out in a nearby graveyard. Both bands were arrested for "grave-robbing" even though they were doing nothing of the sort. Although they were supposed to appear in court the next day, The Misfits bailed themselves out of jail and drove to Florida for their next show. The Necros were still in jail on the 19th and missed the Florida show.
The Misfits headlined the Goleta Valley Community Center show with Circle Jerks, Youth Brigade, Angry Samoans, Sin 34, and Tourist opening.
In an interview with Flesh And Bones, Glenn talked about his plans to do another solo project: "I'm going to work on something new in a few months and this time I'll have a hand in producing, which I didn't have last time... The new record will actually have a band on it - Al [Pike] from Reagan Youth..." This project ended up becoming his next band, Samhain.
After their Los Angeles show at P.U.N.X. #4, the band entered Unicorn Records' warehouse studio in Santa Monica and recorded instrumental tracks for the EARTH A.D./WOLFS BLOOD album. Jerry, Doyle, and Robo recorded from around midnight April 8th until 8 in the morning on April 9th. Glenn slept through most of the session but was awakened for "Mommy, Can I Go Out And Kill Tonight" to help time the pause in the middle of the song. The vocals were recorded later at Fox Studio.
According to several Glenn Danzig interviews, on this date, Glenn told Henry Rollins that he was going to leave the band.
The Misfits were joined on stage by all four members of Rosemary's Babies during "Braineaters."
The Misfits entered Fox Studio to finish recording and mixing the EARTH A.D./WOLFS BLOOD tracks. Future Samhain member Steve Zing, and producer Spot, were present in the studio. Although the original plan had been to release EARTH A.D. as a 5 song EP, the band decided to also record "Green Hell" and "Hellhound," two songs that they had been playing live. Glenn also donated two other songs, "Bloodfeast" and "Death Comes Ripping," which he had written for his upcoming Samhain project. Glenn later went on to perform these two Misfits songs often with Samhain.
After several arguments with Glenn, Robo announced that he was moving out of Glenn's basement and leaving the band. This prompted Glenn, who had been seriously considering starting a new band, to cancel the tour of Canada he had booked with Civil Terror opening, and announce a final "farewell" show on Halloween.
Jerry contacted Arthur Googy about returning to The Misfits. Arthur said he would do the Halloween show if the band paid him, but Glenn refused to work with Arthur again.
Having chosen Brian Damage as the new Misfits drummer, Glenn apparently decided not to leave the band. By this time Jerry had booked a tour of Germany to support the upcoming releases of EVILIVE and WOLFS BLOOD/EARTH A.D. in Germany. Jerry and Doyle, who were working over-time to fund the tour of Germany, were only able to practice with Brian one time.
The Misfits played their last show with Glenn. Following the soundcheck, Brian Damage got drunk with The Necros. Due to his poor drumming performance, Brian was replaced by Todd Swalla of The Necros a few songs into the set. Jerry and Doyle, unhappy with Glenn's choice of drummer, played the rest of the show sitting on their amplifiers. During the show, Glenn announced that it would be the last Misfits show ever.
The band drove back to New Jersey together, Jerry and Doyle in the front, and Glenn and Brian in the back. Jerry and Doyle never spoke with either Glenn or Brian again.
Jerry and Doyle moved with their family to Vernon, NJ where they worked for their father at Proedge, his machine factory. Robo also moved to Vernon and began work at Proedge.
Arthur Googy appeared in a Levi's commercial and may later have done a Burger King commercial (as stated by Bobby in "Punk Floyd").
Glenn released LEGACY OF BRUTALITY on his own, overdubbing his own guitar and bass on most of the tracks. As Glenn said in issue #6 of Black Market (1986), "Now I remixed a lot of it, laid new tracks on it and the stuff sounded a lot better."
The cartoon series "Jem And The Holograms," named after the cartoon band of the same name, debuted. This cartoon featured a rival band called The Misfits. Hasbro released dolls of the band members, each doll accompanied by a tape with 6 songs. Each tape had the "Jem And The Holograms" theme song and 2 band songs on the first side and instrumentals of the same songs on the second side. The doll for "Roxy" came with these Misfits songs: "Click/Clash" and "Takin' It All." The doll for "Pizzazz" came with these "Misfits" songs: "My Way" and "Makin' Mischief." All songs were copyright 1985 Sunbow Productions, Inc; Star Wild Music, Inc; Wild Star Music, Inc. Eventually Jerry Only talked to Hasbro about the conflict in band name usage, but a legal loophole was found which allowed the series to continue to use the name. Mysteriously, in the final season, The Misfits were replaced by a different rival band.
Glenn finished compiling the tracks for the COLLECTION I album.
The "All Hell Breaks Loose" radio show in Boston, MA featured two hours of Misfits material, including a live phone interview with Glenn and the previously unavailable "Return Of The Fly."
Glenn and Eerie Von entered Reel Platinum studio to record alternate versions of several Misfits songs. Because WALK AMONG US had been released on Ruby/Slash, Glenn planned to use new and previously unreleased versions of WALK AMONG US tracks on a new Plan 9 Records release, entitled WALK AMONG US 2. He later dropped the idea and the tracks appeared on COLLECTION II.
The second pressing of issue #5 of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" comic series featured a story entitled "Ghouls Night Out" which was dedicated to The Misfits.
Mudhoney's cover of Sonic Youth's "Halloween," featured on a Mudhoney/Sonic Youth split 7" single, included a sample of the Misfits song of the name. It can be heard best at approximately 4:56 into the song.
Glenn sued Warner Brothers upon the reissue of WALK AMONG US.
Jerry, Doyle, and The Murp appeared at the Creation Convention at the Penta Hotel in New York City. Afterwards, the band went to Tower Records for an autograph signing session. During an interview, Jerry talked about the lawsuit against Danzig for the first time. Asked by a YesZista interviewer if there was a court case, he responded, "We're trying to settle out of court." At this point, they had been working on a settlement for 2 years. Afterwards, Jerry and The Murp did a radio appearance on WFMU.
Former Misfits drummer Manny showed up before the Danzig show in Allentown, PA and talked to Glenn for the first time in years.
A Misfits tribute album on Mary Jane Records was cancelled after Glenn threatened to sue for using any Misfits likenesses.
Years of lawsuits appeared to be coming to an end, as several former band members (including Jerry and Doyle) met with Glenn to discuss a settlement. Jerry later explained the outcome in Metal Maniacs (June 1996): "We are the exclusive owners of the name on a performing level. We share the joint rights to the name with Glenn for merchandising."
After almost a year of rumors, Jerry announced for the first time that The Misfits might be getting back together. In issue 12 of FeH (Sept/Oct '94), he made the following statement, "What it boils down to is we are in the process of settling with Glenn and the way it looks we will be able to play as The Misfits. So we are looking for a singer."
Jerry and Doyle overdubbed new guitar and bass tracks over the MAX'S X-MAS live recording from 12/20/78. As Jerry said in an interview for a Swedish publication (Close-Up #22), "I had a cassette which was recorded during a concert 1977 or 1978, where we played 'Blue Christmas.' The instruments were badly recorded, but Glenn's vocals were awesome, so we went to Lodi and recorded the music again."
The out-of-court settlement with The Misfits, Glenn Danzig, and Caroline Records allowed Jerry Only and Doyle to perform and record as The Misfits, beginning on this day. Also on this day, Plan 9 Records ceased to exist.
After 8 years of sitting under Glenn Danzig's back porch, the Misfits skateboard decks were given to Jerry and Doyle by Glenn's mother. These skateboards were originally advertised in "Thrasher" magazine in April of 1987. Approximately 14 cases were found and 4 were taken by The Misfits; the rest were later claimed by Glenn as "sold."
After the Danzig show in Red Bank, NJ, Jerry and Doyle went to visit Glenn at his hotel room, to ask him to join the band. As Jerry stated in Metal Maniacs (June 1996), "We went to his door and knocked and fifteen minutes later security came and walked us out of the hotel. So we took that as a 'no'."
Caroline cancelled the "Teenagers From Mars" single. It (Caroline 1704-61475-1/2) had been planned as a limited pressing of 10000 one-sided 7" singles, available in four colors and featuring the STATIC AGE version of "Teenagers From Mars." The B-side was to be an etching of the Crimson Ghost. Both the 7" single and a corresponding CD single featuring EVILIVE versions of "Horror Business" and "We Are 138" were going to be released on September 19, 1995. The STATIC AGE (Caroline 1704-67511-2 [CD], Caroline 1704-67520-1/4 [LP/Cass]) album, which was to be released on Halloween of 1995 as a gatefold LP or specially packaged CD, was postponed. The special CD packages were later used in THE MISFITS BOX SET. The proposed live MAX'S X-MAS album was also cancelled. The cancellations were apparently caused by Glenn Danzig, who had threatened legal action if Caroline didn't release his COLLECTION II project (which had been in the works since 1987) first. He was also unhappy with the overdubs of the live material (see 10/94).
To celebrate the release of THE MISFITS BOX SET, Generation Records in New York City hosted a two hour box set signing party from midnight until 2 in the morning. It was attended by Misfits Jerry Only, Doyle, Franché Coma, Mr. Jim, and Bobby Steele, plus newer Misfits members Michale Graves and Dr. Chud.
Marvel Comics included a full page advertisement featuring a verse from "Braineaters" in all of their August 1996 issues.

Misfits timeline taken from The Misfits Book 1989-2007 Mark Kennedy