Doyle comes to Huntington on Nov. 15
Horror punk metal band Doyle is on an amazing tour run right now. Featuring former Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein along with vocalist Alex Story, drummer Wade Murff and bassist Brandon Strate, this group of high-powered crunch masters are in the midst of a tour where they will play over 70 dates between Oct. 9 and Jan. 3.
The band’s latest album is “Doyle II — As We Die” and features the punk metal smoke that one would expect from Doyle including songs like “Run For Your Life,” “King Of The Undead,” “Blood On The Axe” and “Beast Like Me.”
Doyle routinely performs all over the world, making appearances in front of tens of thousands of people at the various outdoor heavy metal festivals in Europe. Thursday, Nov. 15, as a part of their winter U.S. tour, Doyle will shake up the walls of the V Club. Tickets are $20 and the 18-plus show begins at 8 p.m. Opening the concert will be CHUD, Sins of the Fathers, Rockwells Ghost and DownTrend.
Doyle began his life as a guitarist with the legendary 1980s punk metal band “The Misfits.” He played with different bands and solo incarnations before finding the right fit with the current band lineup. A hulking, ripped and costumed figure onstage, Doyle has worked out and pumped iron for many years and has done so as a fervent proponent of the vegan lifestyle.
As The Herald-Dispatch interviews Doyle, he is in his tour bus outside of Atlanta. He can be a man of few words, and is not a big fan of interviews filled with half-a-slap stupid questions. He tends to get his trademark undead, horror movie, punk persona stage outfit in order and then lets his music speak for him. But we leaned in and got what we could from the famed guitarist.
“We’re doing 75 shows,” said Doyle, about this year end run of shows. “We are beasts over here... As for being on the road, I don’t need to be entertained, so I am good. I’m busy all day.”
Doyle is known for serving the song, for coming up with solid heavy metal riffs that propel the vocalists and the other band members without too much noodling excess.
“Those riffs don’t hit my head, they hit my hands,” said Doyle. “I then record them and see what the notes are and the tuning because I usually can’t remember it. If I have a day off and I have time to play the guitar, I will work at it. But if there is no time, then I don’t.”
Doyle stays busy all year as a band, and playing in front of large and enthusiastic European festival audiences is an annual summertime highlight.
“I love Europe,” said Doyle. “Playing in front of 100,000 people is easier than 50. When it is 50 people, you feel like everybody is looking at you. With 100,000, you can’t see anything. Either way, it is the same show. As for here in the U.S., if everybody stops illegally downloading music, the music business would thrive again. If that were true, you wouldn’t have to do meet-and-greets, you wouldn’t have to play as many shows and sell T-shirts because everyone is stealing your music. That is what it is like these days. So, we are looking at touring Europe next summer and looking at playing in Japan and South America.”
When the potential of electric guitars began to be realized in the late 1960s, heavy metal music was solidified as a genre by the early 1970s with Black Sabbath’s first four albums. Around that same time, Alice Cooper perfected the hard rock horror show aspect of rock and roll with his “Killer” album in 1971. Then, later in the 1970s, punk music made its stand against corporate rock music excess. By the early 1980s, The Misfits combined both punk and heavy metal to create their own New Jersey-based genre and that is when Doyle came onto the scene.
When asked about what he listens to in his offstage time, Doyle shared his playlist.
“Alice Cooper is why I look how I look onstage,” said Doyle. “I listen to all kinds of music. Let me look at my playlist here, and I will tell you what I listen to. I like Acrobat (from Ireland), Adverse, Aerosmith, Alex Story, Alice Cooper, Alice In Chains, Arch Enemy, Beatles, Behemoth, Black Sabbath, Cancerslug, Danzig, David Bowie, The Headboys, Generation X, Heaven & Hell, Iggy Pop, Iron Maiden, Jimi Hendrix, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, The Misfits, Motorhead, Pantera, Queen, Slayer, Slipknot, Van Halen, Volbeat, Wayne County and the Electric Chairs and The Weirdos.”
As for this show in Huntington by Doyle, catch it while you can because it may never happen again.
“No,” said Doyle, when he was asked if he likes to play shows in small towns. “I do it so that all of those small towns come to my bigger shows the next time we come around, because we are not coming back to those small towns. If you can’t drive to see us, we’re driving, so don’t come. I’ll be there, so I won’t miss it. We’re going to give it all we got.”