DANZIG have announced the addition of guitarist Joe Fraulob (DECONSTRUCT) to the group's ranks. "After his audition, Jerry [Montano, bass], Johnny Kelly, drums; TYPE O NEGATIVE] and Danzig all agreed Joe was the man for the job, hands down. The fans are gonna be blown away by this incredible talent."
On a sadder note, DANZIG have announced that due to the disaster inflicted on the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina, their New Orleans live date has been cancelled as the city slowly tries to recover from all the damage. "We hope all our friends there are safe and wish the city and its people a speedy recovery," the band write on their web site.
The 2005 "Blackest of the Black" tour, featuring headliners DANZIG alongside CHIMAIRA, BEHEMOTH, HIMSA, MORTIIS and THE AGONY SCENE, will kick off on September 30 in San Diego, California. DANZIG's performance on all dates of the "Blackest of the Black" tour will feature former MISFITS' guitarist Doyle Von Frankenstein for a special 30-minute set of MISFITS classics. Doyle joined DANZIG on a handful of tour dates last winter (New York, Philadelphia, Boston) for "the closest thing to a MISFITS reunion you're going to see."
The "Blackest of the Black" festival was organized by Danzig and debuted in the summer of 2003 with DANZIG, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, OPETH, NILE, LACUNA COIL and BEHEMOTH on the bill. More information is available at Danzig-Verotik.com.