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Music Commission Floats Idea For Danzig Statue

Updated: Monday, June 2 2014, 03:59 PM CDT

The Austin Music Commission will float the mother of all memorial ideas at its regular meeting tonight: A statue of legendary rock singer Glenn Danzig mounted on a dragon and welcoming visitors to the eastern edge of Downtown Austin.

The monument to the bellicose baritone who fronted the iconic horror punk outfit The Misfits before embarking on his own tumultuous solo career is listed as a future goal in a Monday night presentation that will update the Commission on the progress of the recently minted Red River Cultural District.

Other, perhaps more realistic, goals include a block party and ribbon-cutting ceremony; a mural on the side of the landmark goth club Elysium; and the creation of a neighborhood association to "serve our core values through a positive and experienced political voice."

The idea for the Danzig statue is attributed to James Moody, the owner of The Mohawk, the famous live music venue that sits at Red River and 10th streets. When reached by phone Monday afternoon, Moody acknowledged the idea was mostly in jest. But he added, "if they're willing to do it in gold, I'll submit it as a serious idea." He also suggested ruby eyes for the simulacrum of the man who also fronted the 80s metal band Samhain.

The idea to immortalize Danzig, if serious, could actually meet with opposition from some corners of the local community -- and not just those opposed to the provocative musical themes heralded by the quasi-Satanic rocker. In 2011, Danzig raised the ire of Austin music fans after a set at Fun Fun Fun Fest that was described by at least one critic as a "debacle."

City Council created the Red River Cultural District last October. It enhances the status of the area as a live music destination and major nexus of activity during South by Southwest. The Music Commission meets Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Music Commission Floats Idea For Danzig Statue


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