Doyle — playing solo and with Danzig — appears at the Warfied Thursday.

Doyle — playing solo and with Danzig — appears at the Warfied Thursday.

For Doyle, Halloween is like Super Bowl

For the perfect sepulchral star to emcee Halloween, look no further than Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, the burly ex-Misfits guitarist with the face paint. There are two spooky reasons to see him at the Warfield Thursday. He is touting his sinister new quartet Doyle — featuring “Left Hand” Graham on bass, Misfits drummer Dr. Chud and Cancerslug’s Alex Story on vocals — backing its goth-metal debut, “Abominator.” He also joins his old Misfits bandleader Glenn Danzig for a special set of vintage Misfits covers dating back to the early 1980s. It’s no trick for him to pull off that strenuous treat. The New Jersey native works out a lot.

Do you have a wife and kids? I have kids. No more wives.

Have you ever taken your kids out trick-or-treating? They probably would get tons more candy that way. Ha! Or they’d get the police called on them! Maybe once or twice I’ve gotten to do that, but I usually work on Halloween. I’m usually playing shows, because Halloween is like our Super Bowl for concerts.

What truly frightens Doyle? Needles. No needles for me, brother. I can’t even watch when they get put into somebody else. I don’t even get flu shots, none at all.

What if a doctor said, “You take this shot or you die?” Well, then I guess I’d take it. But it would not be voluntary!

You first joined The Misfits at 16. What life philosophies do you have at 49? Two rules: Keep it simple is the first rule. And the second? Don’t ask questions you don’t want the answers to. It’s just common sense that I learned the hard way — I keep touching the fire. I’ll touch it even though you told me it’s hot, even though it’s burned me before.

How was your transition from roadie to Misfits guitarist as a teen? It was easy. I was in the studio and they were recording, and the guitar player didn’t show up. So Glenn just turned to me and said, “You play it.” And I was like “Giddyup!”

Did you write any lyrics for “Abominator”? I wrote one word: “Abominator.” I basically write and arrange all the music, and then I give it to Alex and let him run with it, and he can come up with whatever he wants. I put ads in the L.A. and New York papers, and he was the only tryout where I listened to the whole CD — all the other ones went in the garbage after I heard that guy sing just one word.

IF YOU GO

Danzig, featuring Doyle

Where: Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Tickets: $35 to $38

Contact: (888) 929-7849, www.axs.com

Note: Doyle also appears at 6 p.m. Thursday at Guitar Center, 1645 Van Ness Ave., S.F.artsDanzigDoyleMisfitsPop Music & Jazz

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