Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein is an American guitarist. He was the most well-known guitarist of the horror punk band The Misfits, which he joined in October 1980, at the age of 16.
Doyle is considered by many in the horror punk scene as a legendary guitarist, setting the standard for future acts that attempt to emulate his aggressive playing style and hulking stage presence. His older brother, Jerry Only, was a founding member of the band, along with Glenn Danzig.
In 1987, four years after the Misfits broke up, Doyle and Jerry formed the metal band Kryst The Conqueror with drummer The Murp. They also created the Doyle Fan Club to help promote their new band. However, they never had a vocalist and never toured, or played a show, although they did record one album which has never been released in its entirety but was leaked around the internet recently. Select songs from the album were released by Jerry Only’s record label Cyclopian Music as an EP, and featured guest guitarist Dave “The Snake” Sabo of the metal band Skid Row on one of the tracks, whom Jerry had met through a mutual friend.
After several years of legal negotiations with The Misfits songwriter/vocalist Glenn Danzig, Doyle and Jerry reformed The Misfits in 1995, this time with Jerry acting as the band’s figurehead and with Michale Graves as vocalist and Dr. Chud as drummer. After releasing two full length albums of new material, Doyle left the band under mysterious circumstances, which Jerry attributed to injuries, and the fact that Doyle was going through a divorce. Some chalk this up as rumor, due to the fact that Doyle has since joined Glenn Danzig on several occasions to play 30-minute-long sets of classic Misfits tunes, with the latter’s band, Danzig.
In 2005, Doyle left New Jersey for Las Vegas, where he has began auditioning members for his own band, Gorgeous Frankenstein.
The same year, he appeared on stage with Danzig numerous times throughout their tour. They would meet again in 2007, when Gorgeous Frankenstein played their first tour, opening for Danzig. This line up included Argyle Goolsby of Blitzkid, Dr. Chud, and Gorgeous George. Doyle has since joined them on several occasions to play 30-minute-long sets of classic Misfits songs.
In 2012, “Danzig and Doyle” headlined several worldwide Festivals and did around 70+ shows together. Danzig would play his set then call out Doyle and they would slam out some Misfits tunes.
The year 2013 saw the inception of Doyle’s solo effort, eponymously named Doyle. The band features Alex Story of Cancerslug on vocals, Dr. Chud of the second-era Misfits on drums, and “Left Hand” Graham on bass.
The debut album, Abominator, was independently produced and released by Doyle’s own Monsterman Records. The official CD release was in October, 2013 in major retailers such as Best Buy and FYE
In May 2014, Doyle announced he was teaming up with Alan Robert, bassist of Life of Agony, for a special Halloween 2014 issue of Robert’s award-winning Killogy comic series. Robert said that this was a continuation of his original Killogy comic series, but issue will surround Doyle’s character. The issue will be published by IDW Publishing.
Doyle set out on the 2015 Abominator tour in March, hitting the road as an opening act for Mushroomhead through April, with headlining dates continuing after into May.
On May 12, 2016 it was announced that Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only, and Doyle would perform together as The Original Misfits for the first time in 33 years.