10 Years Ago, My Bandmate Knocked Danzig Out

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New Times does not recommend punching anyone, including Glenn Danzig, in the face.

July 3, 2004. Rock 'n' roll infamy.

It's been 10 years since "the punch," and I'd be lying if I told you I hated it. You see, I was in local punk act North Side Kings, and now-legendary Glenn Danzig slayer Danny Marianino was my bandmate in 2004 (and is still my friend today). I was there in Tuba City, on the Navajo Nation, and what follows is the truth.

See also: An Infamous Scuffle Continues to Define Danny Marianino and Glenn Danzig

For me, it was a thing of ridiculous beauty. I never liked the Misfits -- Danzig's legendary horror-punk group -- growing up. I found it too boring, cartoonish, and repetitive to take seriously. I think even less of Danzig's solo material. So, in my opinion at the time, Glenn Danzig was a joke, and the opportunity to open for him was merely another notch on the gig belt for me. In 2004, North Side Kings was on the cusp of our best work, and even if the band sounded nothing like Danzig, we knew the kids of the Navajo Nation would be into it. Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to find out.

On the day of the show, I drove up to Tuba City with Rudy "Rude-T" Reilly, who often traveled with us and did our sound. We followed the rest of the band, which included guitar players Ryan Butler and Luke Lanham, drummer Richie Gallen, and a few other friends who were in a van we borrowed for the trip. Once we got to the venue, things started to unravel.

Originally, the plan was for two stages to be set up at a Tuba City venue and have continuous music. We were working with a young promoter, but everything seemed as if it would be a great event. As we got the lay of the land at the venue, we noticed that only one stage had been built. The promoter informed us that Danzig had nixed the idea of there being two stages. Strike one against the rock demon child. The star also decided that he would perform at 10 p.m. and not midnight, as planned, because he needed to be on the road to Los Angeles by midnight. Now, we had to figure out how 11 bands were going to play on one stage in five hours.

See also: When Danny Punched Danzig

As the hours passed, it became apparent that we were going to get screwed, so Danny started asking questions. It was relayed to us that Danzig would announce during his set that a few bands would play after he was finished and that fans should stick around to see them. We were satisfied with that and went back to enjoying ourselves and the hospitality of Tuba City.

After the dark lord and his band finished a thoroughly boring and uninspired set, the lights came up and the crew began tearing down the stage. We felt ripped off and were all, "What the fuck?" Danzig also had been rude to some of our folks during the evening, and so tension was in the air.

Danny said he was going to talk to him and see what happened. At this point, I'd like to set the record straight about how the altercation that ensued ended up on film.

Our friend Dan Stone had been filming us for a couple of years. We'd talked to our label, Thorp Records, about doing a DVD and had hours of footage of us playing and just being idiots. Dan Stone had a habit of filming our antics, so we were used to his having a camera in hand. It was for this reason alone that the camera was rolling when Danny talked to Danzig. He had no plans to get into a fight with the singer and there definitely was nothing underhanded about what happened.

The moment itself was surreal.


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210 comments
Kwoodz
Kwoodz

The Phoenix New Times must be hurting for content, or this guy is running things from his basement. In 30 years I will still remember Glenn Danzig. 30 seconds after I close this browser window, I will forget who you are. Cool story... 

planetxarcade
planetxarcade

 Glenn Danzig: legendary music writer.  North side kings: who the fuck cares. 

When your single claim to fame was setting up a fight to film and using it to promote your shitty Z-rate band you're PATHETIC. 

I have met Danzig twice and both times he's been extremely polite and generally a great guy. If anything he was probably tired of your whining about playing when nobody gave two shits about your band in the first place. I can 100% say with certainty that NO ONE paid the ticket price to see your loser band. 

ihavethewine
ihavethewine

Ok, I need to not read any more of this nobody's "articles" - my head hurts.... this guy is parading around a pig in lipstick and nobody's impressed, yet he continues....   don't quit your day job, man.

bingodog
bingodog

My band mate is did TWO WORDS idiot.


How the Fruck did this guy get a writing job? Due to the fact he USE TO be in bands as some kind of back up....?

Randell
Randell

The thing to NOT overlook are the people in the hallway that helped escalate and instigate this in the first place. Especially the women yelling "fuck you cunt" and "kick his fat ass". Danny responded in true fashion and I'm glad he did what he did, the others agitating the situation were just passively pushing this to happen. 


That is nothing to be proud of in that sense.

cknjunk
cknjunk

Didn't Phil Collen of Def Leppard punch the shit out of Danzig too?


And I don't really understand this being called a "sucker punch."  Did the guy sneak up on Danzig?  Did Danzig NOT push the dude hard?  Was there no sense of a fight-like thing brewing?  


If that was a sucker punch then what would a legitimate punch look like?  Maybe we would need a duel from the 19th century or something.

thedcsound
thedcsound

This video has brought me so much joy over the years. It's great to know the story behind how this asshole got a taste of his own medicine, and obviously couldn't handle it.

internetsupahero
internetsupahero

I like Misfits and Danzig (the band) but yes, Glenn is an asshole. It's sad that complete retards defend Glenn when he is being an asshole.

allanyoung1985
allanyoung1985

I just want to thank Tom Reardon for making me an excellent Egg McMuffin yesterday morning.

manson-ramirez
manson-ramirez

To me, and probably most of us, you and your band are Danzig's little bitches, what does it says that the only attention you got is that you got that on tape, and 10 years later, still cry about it.
Lame ass cunt, try being relevant by making some music.

TomReardonhasherpes
TomReardonhasherpes

Sad that its all your crappy band is known for and that your still bitter. And your amazingly uninformed on what it actually looks like when someone is knocked unconscious. I like The Misfits and Samhain and Danzig. Glenn getting punched didn't change my opinion or likes in music. Your band dissolved into nothingness and Danzig is still cashing checks and making music. He pushed the fat dude and got punched and went down on a knee, there was no "crawling" or bs that you say so big deal, Probably not the first time Glenn has been punched. The difference is that this time it was taped and your second rate band tried and failed to use it as a promotional tool and you guys ended up being the tools. You deny trying to use it as promotion yet in the very video you posted a web address for your band comes up at the end. 

Jason Hewus
Jason Hewus

Danzig sucked then and sucks now. The guy who punched him was defending himself. Just because you're famous doesn't mean you have the right to be a douche. And the people defending Danzig are also douchebags for it. I think The North Side Kings should do a reunion show where on a screen behind them this video plays in continuous loop

Rich Fuentes
Rich Fuentes

And, isn't it funny how the biggest claim to fame your band has is from NOT playing music.....

Rich Fuentes
Rich Fuentes

I'm sure Danzig, a music legend, still wakes up at night and wipes the cold sweat off of his brow with his $6.5 million dollars after having nightmares about getting knocked out by a talentless bouncer.

theinnsmouthlook
theinnsmouthlook

lmao @ people calling an article entitled "the ten year anniversary of danzig getting punched in the face" old
hilarious how many buttmad danzig fans there are in the comments, too
i don't know what's funnier, the punch that rocked zigdan's world or his sycophant  fans' reaction to it

Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith

I remember hearing this after it happened....still strikes me the same way. A bunch of bro-douchery. Non story then and now. "The punch" hahah

marvel
marvel

You lost me at "I never liked the Misfits"

Thomas Michael
Thomas Michael

I've got a Li'l D story, too, not as dramatic but speaks to the quality of the character of Lodi, NJ's finest. While on tour for the second 'solo' album (I think it was called Lucy's Fudge or something) I drove G and his tour manager around Flint, MI going to all the comic book shops. He was really nice to fans both in traffic and at the stores, as well as to me. He was, however, buying-up all the copies he could find (even borrowing money from same manager) of an old comic from which he had stolen his band's logo from. Yes, stolen, that's what I said. Do your research and tell me I'm lying.

Ezekiel Alvarado
Ezekiel Alvarado

Its funny cause Glen pushed him and did nothing after but waited to be kick flipped lol

Jason Moss
Jason Moss

Still funny and forever funny. And when someone else knocks him out again it'll be funny too.

Bo Jewell
Bo Jewell

What does Sigourney Weaver have to do with all this!?

crazysummer2004
crazysummer2004

Bro - your bandmate sucker punched him after a shove. I understand that when you put hands on someone, its go time -- BUT, it was kinda a sucker sissy punch. In a straight fight, I'm sure Danzig would knock your buddy out. Kudos on your buddy for being semi-famous for sucker punching, but it wasn't a "real" fight.

It was a sucker punch. Danzig had his hands down at his sides for friggin sake.


Andy Fischer
Andy Fischer

It is still my favorite viral video ever. If this happened now, as instantaneous as everything is these days, it would be exponentially more up popular than it already is. Legendary...

Luke Krumtinger
Luke Krumtinger

Danzig will forever be a douche also. Danny did what any self respecting person would have. Its funny that Danzig fans still seem butthurt about this 10yrs later. Ha!

Brian Anthony Pino
Brian Anthony Pino

Nice thanks for Sharing !! I would love to knock him out myself as well

Ryan G Tavares
Ryan G Tavares

Danzig got knocked out by a guy twice his size and younger... no shame in that. Plus Danzig will forever be a legend and followed by many and looked up to by many... who is north side kings anyway

theinnsmouthlook
theinnsmouthlook

@cknjunk well you see when you're a starry eyed danzig zealot and someone punches the dogshit out of him and insults his honor, it pretty much automatically becomes a sucker punch because in a zigfan's fragile little world, the king of fop is untouchable.

blackadder153
blackadder153

Mr. You blew my mind, I never noticed before.

jmau.cl
jmau.cl

@crazysummer2004  You're a dumbass.  He broadcast that punch from a mile away.  It was clear it was coming and Little G tried to defend himself.  Nothing cheap about it.  Did you even watch the video?  You must be a Danzig Butt Buddy if you can see what actually happened...

theinnsmouthlook
theinnsmouthlook

danzig sucks, you're a whiny fanboy and i'm out of beer.  excuse me.

TomReardonhasherpes
TomReardonhasherpes

@theinnsmouthlook @planetxarcade Here is a quote that sums up this article perfectly "“it is a tale. Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing".  The north side queens came from obscurity and really never left obscurity and this Reardon dude clings on to past imagined glory, it reeks of pathetic propaganda.

TomReardonhasherpes
TomReardonhasherpes

@TomReardon @TomReardonhasherpes  Do I detect some sarcasm? 10 years later and your still trying to cash in on someone in your now defunct band punching Glenn Danzig. You write hack articles with baseless claims and bias on a website that needs 30 ads per page just to exist. Fair enough everyone has to make a living or have a hobby.



theinnsmouthlook
theinnsmouthlook

@TomReardonhasherpes @TomReardon hey man, what was it like being there and witnessing it all go down?  because you clearly have some sort of fucking videographic proof of op being full of shit?  are you so insecure that someone not loving your idol chaps your ass that much?

TomReardonhasherpes
TomReardonhasherpes

@theinnsmouthlook @TomReardonhasherpes @TomReardon  I see like 10 replies from you to commenters. Troll much douchebag? Glenn was never unconscious in the video period. And I don't care if Glenn did get punched i'll go out and buy a Danzig album today and listen to it. I wouldn't spend 1 cent on a north side queens album. I wouldn't take their whole discography if it was given to me. They were a subpar hardcore band that failed to gain traction. To see this Tom guy bring this up like it was some highlight of his bands short crappy career is sad and pathetic. Fact is no one would know his band even existed if not for this altercation. Not that his band was going anywhere anyways.

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