MISFITS have issued the following update regarding the previously announced departure of former RAMONES drummer Marky Ramone:
"As most of you know, Marky Ramone (of the world-famous RAMONES) has been sitting in on drums as a 'special guest' with the MISFITS on tour for the past few years. Marky's final shows behind the kit with the MISFITS will take place from April 1st in Sayerville, NJ at the Starland Ballroom up to and including the show on April 30th in Baltimore, MD. Marky's departure from touring with the MISFITS is an amicable one and we wish him the best of luck.
"What's next for the MISFITS...? Plans have already been in the works for some changes to come. We can't say much more until things are officially confirmed but look for announcements coming soon regarding the upcoming summer tour in Europe and more...stay tuned Fiends!
In other news, Misfits Records and Rykodisc have struck a deal with Apple's iTunes Music Store who will now carry all full-length releases from Misfits Records in downloadable audio file format. Both "Misfits Project 1950" and "Balzac: Beyond the Darkness" each include a free bonus DVD as well as full booklets, liner notes etc. when purchased in retail stores nationwide or at the online Misfits Fiend Store. But if you prefer to download individual songs (at 99 cents each) or an entire album (at $9.90 each) then visit Apple's iTunes Music Store now and listen to samples from these CDs or purchase high-quality audio files online. Apple's iTunes software is available for both Mac and Windows and can be downloaded for free.
In other Misfits Records news, 2005 will bring the second U.S. release from BALZAC (this summer) as well as the debut CD from OSAKA POPSTAR (this fall).
MISFITS' Jerry Only will be signing Misfits Zombie figures on April 14 at Kidrobot in New York City. But be warned...Kidrobot will only have 75 pieces of the Jerry and Doyle Zombie figures available. Once they're gone....they're gone! If you missed the pre-order deadline and really want one of these figures, be at Kidrobot at 126 Prince St., New York City (Phone: 212 966 - 6688) between 7 and 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 14. Sales at Kidrobot will be first-come first-served and only while their limited supplies last.