DANZIG has tapped former SAMHAIN bassist Steve Zing for its upcoming West Coast-only edition of the "Blackest of the Black" tour, which will kick off on November 17 in Seattle, WA. Headliner DANZIG — Glenn Danzig (vocals), Zing, and TYPE O NEGATIVE's Johnny Kelly (drums) and Kenny Hickey (guitar) — will be joined by LACUNA COIL, THE HAUNTED, BELPHEGOR, and ASESINO.
This is the third year of Danzig's highly successful "Blackest of the Black" tour. The 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. The 2005 edition featured DANZIG, CHIMAIRA, BEHEMOTH, HIMSA, MORTIIS (ex-EMPEROR), and THE AGONY SCENE.
"The 'Blackest of the Black' tour is for extreme bands that sell out venues across the country, that sell records, but don't get radio play or get on MTV," said Danzig. "It's anti the corporate crap nu-rap-metal that gets shoved down fans' throats at other concerts."
In addition to organizing and headlining the "Blackest of the Black" tour, Glenn Danzig will see the October 17 release of "Black Aria II" (evillive), the follow-up to 1993's "Black Aria", which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical chart. Produced, written and — with a couple of exceptions — performed by Glenn, "Black Aria II" employs thundering organ, otherworldly chants, operatic lamentations, poignant strings, ominous percussion, ritualistic chimes and other mysterious sounds, to tell the story of a rebel of ancient lore — Lilith, Adam's wife before Eve.
Danzig has also released his "3 Faces of Danzig", a limited edition, fully-articulated toy figure series that highlights different eras of Glenn's career — "MISFITS-version" Danzig which wears his classic skull-and-crossbones black T-shirt from the MISFITS' "Walk Among Us" album cover; "SAMHAIN-version" Danzig, covered in dripping blood ala the "Initium" LP cover, and "DANZIG-version" Danzig, which is shirtless and comes complete with the trademark Danzig belt buckle and upside-down-cross medallion necklace as on the "Lucifuge" album. The figures are made of soft vinyl, stand 10-inches tall and retail for $75.00 each, and are available in stores such as Spencer Gifts, Hot Topic, comic book/specialty stores, and on the Chaser website.
Confirmed dates for the 2006 "Blackest of the Black" tour are as follows:
Nov. 17 - The Fenix, Seattle, WA
Nov. 18 - The Big Easy, Spokane, WA
Nov. 19 - Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
Nov. 21 - House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
Nov. 22 - Soma, San Diego, CA
Nov. 25 - Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
Nov. 26 - Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
Nov. 28 - Rainbow Ballroom, Fresno, CA
Nov. 29 - The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 30 - The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA