Drummer - Horror Punk, heavy metal
Bands: The Misfits, Graves, Kryst the Conqueror, Dr. Chud's X-Ward, Gorgeous Frankenstein, Sonic Creeps
Drumsticks: SilverFox Percussion
Life and career
He attended Lodi High School. His career began playing with Dan Kidney and the Pulsations for 8 years before joining Sardonica. During his time in Sardonica, he also played drums with Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein in Kryst The Conqueror. He also recorded an album with Sacred Trash before joining The Misfits.
In addition to his work with The Misfits, Dr. Chud also played drums for Joey Ramone on the We Will Fall: A Tribute to Iggy Pop album, and Joey Ramone's only solo record "Don't Worry About Me" and also produced a recent Sardonica release "Flip the Grill". After leaving The Misfits, Dr. Chud formed the band Graves with Michale Graves.
Chud is currently in his new band Dr. Chud's X-Ward which released their debut multimedia CD "Diagnosis for Death" in 2004 on Dr. Chud's own record label Bloodwork Records. He was also a member of Doyle's band Gorgeous Frankenstein.
Chud joined up with Doyle once again with his band Gorgeous Frankenstein on their second tour in 2008. Gorgeous Frankenstein is signed to Glenn Danzig's record label Evilive.
He is known for making his own signature drum sets which are covered with huge studded spikes. He also used to make his own drumsticks but in February 2014, Chud was endorsed by the Silverfox drumstick company who produced custom signature model drumsticks for him until 2015.
Dr. Chud appeared briefly on the television series LA Ink, starring Kat Von D. He received a tattoo of his famous stitches that he usually draws on his chest and back, circling his neck, by tattoo artist Amy Nicoletto. The tattoo was colored with black and gray ink.
Dr. Chud played drums for Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein's new band simply titled "DOYLE" and appears on DOYLE's first album ABOMINATOR. Nevertheless, Chud left the band in 2014 due to conflict with management.
Dr. Chud appears on The Sonic Creeps "A Future Dead" album released in 2013 performing all drum tracks.
Dr. Chud is currently recording a new solo album due out in 2016.
Dr. Chud was the seventh Misfits drummer (with 1. Manny Martínez (1977) - 2. Mr. Jim (Jim Catania) (1978) - 3. Joey Image (Joey Poole) (1978–1979) - 4. Arthur Googy (Joseph McGuckin) (1980–1982) - 5/9. Robo (Roberto Valverde) (1982–1983, 2005–2010) - 6. Brian Damage (Brian Keats) (1983) (died in 2010) - 7. Dr. Chud (David Calabrese) (1995–2000) - 8. Marky Ramone (Marc Bell) (2001–2005) and 10. Eric "Chupacabra" Arce (2010-present)).
He joined when Jerry Only and Doyle re-formed the band in 1995, having previously performed with them in Kryst the Conqueror. He performed on the band's 1990s albums, American Psycho (1997), Evillive II (1998), and Famous Monsters (1999), as well as the accompanying singles and 16 of the 17 tracks that later comprised Cuts from the Crypt (2001). He quit the band during a performance at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida on October 25, 2000 along with singer Michale Graves. The two went on to form Graves, and Chud later formed Dr. Chud's X-Ward.
Dr. CHUD Drumstix
From 1996 through 2013, Dr. Chud handmade and hand painted his own "signature model" drumsticks. Unfortunately, he started making these 6 years before I was born, and it wasn't until 2013 that I started to collect drumsticks anyways. So obviously I missed out on the first 17 runs of these awesome drumsticks, and will have to rely on eBay to hopefully find some of the older models.
In 2012, a one-of-a-kind run of drumsticks were available. For $50 plus S+H per stick, you could get one stick from the pair he used on each of the 18 songs on "Abominator", see picture below in the gallery.
In 2014, Dr. Chud endorsed by Silverfox, released mass produced custom signature model drumsticks through a drumstick manufacturer. After no news on the 2015 model through mid-July, I e-mailed Dr. Chud as received the following back July 15, 2015: "The sticks will be ready next week! The 2015 DRCHUD DRUMSTICK will be hand made again by DRCHUD, the 2000 drumstick was the last time i made my own sticks, This years color is HOT PINK". But then on Aug 26, 2015 I got another e-mail from Bloodwork Records that the 2015 sticks are ready, but they would now be black Silverfox sticks with teal ink, same general style as last year's, but different colors and the deathstripes are back. In 2016, custom hand made, hand painted Dr. CHUD Original series style (1995-2000 version) were back.
Full DR. CHUD's DRUMSTICK CATALOG:
- 1996 – MISFITS/Green Stix with Black Deathstripes/Chrome Center Stripe
- 1997 – MISFITS/Black Stix with Black Deathstripes/Chrome Center Stripe
- 1998 – MISFITS/Orange Stix with Black Deathstripes/Chrome Center Stripe
- 1999 – MISFITS/Yellow Stix with Black Deathstripes/Chrome Center Stripe
- 2000 – MISFITS/White Stix with Black Deathstripes/Chrome Center Stripe
- 2001 – GRAVES/Red Stix with Black Deathstripes/Chrome Center Stripes
- 2002 – GRAVES/Grey Stix with Black Deathstripes/Chrome Center Stripe
- 2003 – X-WARD/Light Blue Stix with Black Deathstripes/Chrome Center Stripe
- 2004 – X-WARD/Purple Stix with Black Deathstripes/Chrome Center Stripe
- 2005 – X-WARD/ "Platinum" Stix with Black Deathstripes/Chrome Center Stripe
- 2006 – X-WARD/ "Army of the Dead" Camo Stix with Black Deathstripes/Chrome Center Stripe
- 2007 – X-WARD/ "Bloodstix" with Black Deathstripes/Chrome Center Stripe
- 2008 – X-WARD/Black Stix with Green Deathstripes/Chrome Center Stripe
- 2009 – X-WARD/Black Stix with Orange DEATHRIPES/Chrome Center Stripe
- 2010 – Gorgeous Frankenstein/Black Stix with White Deathstripes/Chrome Center Stripe
- 2011 – Gorgeous Frankenstein/Black Stix with Purple Deathstripes/Chrome Center Stripe
- 2012 – Gorgeous Frankenstein/Black Stix with Red Deathstripes/Chrome Center Stripe
- 2012 - DOYLE I "Abominator"/ "Session Stix" Limited Edition of 18
- 2013 – DOYLE/ "Glow in the Dark" Stix with Black Deathstripes/Chrome Center Stripe
- 2014 - Dr. CHUD Silverfox signature model drumsticks
- 2015 - Dr. CHUD Silverfox custom model Black drumsticks with teal Ink and Deathstripes
- 2016 - "30 Years of Garbage" Hot Pink w/Deathstripes- Custom hand made, hand painted Dr. CHUD Original series style (1995-2000 version)
- 2017 - Gold Stix with Black Deathstripes/Silver year band
Dr. CHUD Drumstix and Ad Gallery
- Need photo
2003 Dr. Chud drumstix ad
Dr. CHUD Drumstick Collection
Green border pictures of drumsticks currently in collection, red border pictures of sticks not yet in personal collection (NEEDED!), but pictured for completeness.
Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 28.