Remember all those nights you were thinking about going to a show at Glenn Danzig’s House, but didn’t? Well, you’ll never have another chance to, because Saturday was the last Danzig’s House show. Ever. That’s right, the resident punks of Casa del Danzig are calling it quits after two years of all-ages fun.
Gracing the cinder-block space for the final extravaganza were local rock ‘n’ rollers The Cannomen, D. Watusi and Cy Barkley and the Way Outsiders and Texas bands Bad Sports and Wax Museums. The Cannonmen opened up the night around 9 p.m. with a fast and sloppy set of LA hardcore-inspired songs. In customary hardcore etiquette, Cannonmen whipped it out and finished off in about 20 minutes.
From young kids to the forever-young 35-plus crowd, everyone who was anyone in the Nashville underground was at least in the parking lot. There was even a good amount of out-of-towners who traveled hundreds of miles to see some of the bands — some folks from Ohio, Michigan and Alabama were there to see D.Watusi. But, considering the notoriety of Glenn Danzig’s, it’s no surprise that kids are willing to travel far and wide to see a show.
Glenn Danzig resident Cy Barkley took stage third with his Way Outsiders. They played fast and aggressive, with bouts of slam dancing and crowd surfing breaking out here and there — I guess people started loosening up? Still, it truly is a little heartbreaking to see the place go. The parking lot was a party in and of itself, with people who didn’t care to go back inside hanging out, watching mystery fireworks that were all but completely obscured by trees, and drinking PBRs.
Wax Museums played next, and they came equipped with Tim McGraw aprons for anybody that wanted to wear one — I've got to say, I was wined up enough to don one, too. Wax Museums doled out a quick set of Adolescents-inspired tunes. By the time Bad Sports took the “stage,” I was schmoozing in the parking lot and talking about Walt Whitman with some guy, so decided to make an early exit.
I’d like to romanticize that some glorious farewell took place that I missed out on, but who knows? They probably just closed the door and called it a night. In any case, that’s the end of Glenn Danzig’s House shows, and if you’re still wondering, no, Glenn Danzig didn’t live there.