When you meet your idols, the chances are you know they’re going through the motions to nurture their fanbase and maybe even might just find some joy in it. But if you’re a fan of Misfits’ guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein and have gone for a meet and greet, then you can be certain that the time you’ve spent getting a photo was a strain.
The comments were made when the horror punk guitarist was asked about how the music industry has changed during the course of his nearly 40-year career by the The Liquid Conversations podcast. “The thing that sucks the most about it is that everybody steals music,” he said.
He continued, “You spend thousands and thousands of dollars to make a record and all of these scumbags are just stealing it. And then they want more, and then you’re a dick because you’re doing a meet-and-greet for 50 fucking bucks to make up for it, which you don’t want to do. You think I want to meet all these fucking people? I don’t. When I’m done, I just want to take a shower and go to bed.”
The guitarist, who is one of the founding members, has indeed come under fire from fans for charging for meet and greets as an attempt to make ends meet in the streaming and torrent age. And he had something to say about the people riled towards him:
“They can kiss my ass. You want to steal shit? If I was making motorcycles and they came and took one, would that be a crime? Why can’t we punish people for stealing songs? There should be a $10,000 fine for that.”
Asked about the small fractions that Spotify are offering artists, his answer is: “You make nothing, it’s $9 a month [for a subscription], and you can listen to a song 10,000 times if you want.”
He added, “I can’t do the math, but how much do you think the bands get? It’s like a hundredth, maybe a thousandth of a penny you get. My girlfriend [Arch Enemy singer Alissa White-Gluz] went to [Spotify’s] office, said that shit was insane. I would’ve went fucking mental, I would’ve started breaking everything.”
Meanwhile, Doyle praised Metallica for their lawsuit against Napster: “Lars Ulrich was right when he sued fucking Napster,” he said. “And everybody thought he was a dick. He didn’t do it for him. He’s got the fucking money. He did it for fucking jerkoffs like me.”
In other Misfits news, if you live in New Jersey and aren't put off by the straight-talking Doyle then you may want to find tickets to their gig on 19 May at Prudential centre. Check here for ticket information.