Interview by Danny Coleman
“I’m not one of those that sits backstage or in the green room before or after a show. I love hanging out with the fans, I love to make the human connection with the fans and hear the stories from them directly of how my music affected their lives.”
Michale Graves was the lead singer of the notorious punk rock band, The Misfits and throughout his long career he has taken many twists and turns along the way but one thing he has not taken is his supporters for granted. “We all have a different outlook on music and what it’s for or means to us as individuals. People lay some heavy stuff on me and tell me where they were or what was happening in their lives and how a song or my music was part of it and to know that a little piece of me is in them, is at times exhausting but also very rewarding. That’s what music is all about, to see and hear people open up. I may stand with someone for two or three minutes of my time, our time but they may remember that the rest of their lives. I’ll stand there until the last one is gone, until the ink runs dry in the pen because that’s rewarding to me and to the fans.”
Graves and his rabid fan base will get the chance to unite on September 21 as, “The Beginning of the End Fall Tour 2017” comes to the Wonder Bar located on Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ and Dingbatz in Clifton on September 22. “I’m trying to bump up my image in the industry a bit,” he said with a slight laugh as he explained his reasons for the tour. “I’m trying to get people familiar with my music, something other than The Misfits and I am also trying to build the audience for my radio show. I also have the book and the new CD. I’ve been doing the whole book thing for a while but the CD is called, “When Worlds Collide” and is doing well so I figured we may as well hit the road and see what happens. I’ve now got this giant 80 city tour planned which is going to turn the band into an unstoppable performing unit (laughs).”
Songwriter, vocalist, author, actor, TV personality and front man can all describe the many things Graves has been in his more than two decade career. He is an enigma of sorts, very well known not yet quite a household name outside of his musical genre. Both he and The Misfits were and are highly successful, yet commercial and corresponding financial success from their efforts seemed to be just beyond the reach of their fingertips. “Yeah, as the the band got bigger the legends grew. So much legend that made up so much of our success. We were so close, so very close to breaking through but there were some critical points that knocked us off track each time due to decisions that were made or maybe not made in some cases that stopped our momentum or forced us to take a different route. Rob Zombie was supposed to produce one of our videos because he had taken an interest in us and then for reasons not worth discussing really, he backed out. It was things like that that seemed to happen at less than opportune times; shame but it happens. One thing that I’ve learned is that being rich is more than financial. I’m lucky that I can do this and make a living at doing something I love and interacting with the fans makes me far more wealthy than most.”
The tour kicked off on September 8 and will span the entire country including both coasts and many points in between. There will be 80 cities in 107 days with very few nights off for this legendary punk rocker but he is promising a return to the performer we came to know during the height of The Misfits popularity. “Oh yeah! A full on audio assault,” he stated with bravado. “I’m back putting make up on and wearing costumes again, I’m really concentrating on the theatrics of it all. People coming to the shows will hear all of The Misfits hits, maybe more I don’t know, my new stuff, some interesting things but most of all they can expect me to be hanging with the fans before, during and after; it’s all for and about them.”
To discover more about Michale Graves, the tour and more; please go to www.Facebook.com/Michalegraves/.
Danny Coleman (Danny Coleman is a veteran musician and writer from central New Jersey. He hosts a weekly radio program entitled “Rock On Radio” airing Sunday evenings at 10 p.m. EST on multiple internet radio outlets where he features indie/original bands and solo artists.)