Singer and filmmaker Glenn Danzig said in a new interview that the punk movement of the ‘70s and ‘80s could never exist in today’s “cancel culture.”
Mr. Danzig, lead singer and guitarist of the bands Misfits, Samhain, and the latest, Danzig, which released an album just last year, told Rolling Stone that the Misfits’ infamous 1980 song “Last Caress” would have gotten the band instantly canceled in today’s climate.
“It was something else,” he said of the song. “I don’t think people will ever see anything like it again. There won’t be any new bands coming out like that. Now, they will immediately get canceled.
“People don’t understand, because everything’s so cancel-culture, woke bull—— nowadays, but you could never have the punk explosion nowadays, because of cancel culture and woke bull——,” he continued. “You could never have it. It would never have happened. We’re lucky it happened when it did, because it’ll never happen again. You won’t have any of those kinds of bands ever again. Everyone’s so uptight and P.C., it’s just like, ‘OK, whatever.’”
Mr. Danzig, 65, is looking forward to the release of his new horror film, “Death Rider in the House of Vampires,” to open in select U.S. theaters in mid-June after it was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns.
“Look, I have a different opinion of the whole ‘flu’ than everybody else,” he told Rolling Stone.
“You can go to theaters in most places,” he said. “You go to the supermarket and [can] be around a million people, but you can’t go to a theater? You can sit on an airplane right next to a mother——er, but you can’t go to a theater socially distanced? How does that make sense?”
Mr. Danzig said “the door is open” for a possible Misfits reunion but that he’d like to play in a state that would allow a show at full capacity.
“If we do it, I would like to play some places we haven’t played yet, Texas or Florida or places like that. We haven’t done any shows in those states, and those states are fully open,” he said.