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.