Doyle (guitarist)

Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (born Paul Caiafa on September 15, 1964 in Lodi, New Jersey), is an American guitarist best known for his material with the horror punk band The Misfits.

Life and Career

Doyle, the younger brother of the Misfits bassist, Jerry Only, was originally a roadie for the band and was taught how to play guitar by Glenn and Jerry Only. He joined The Misfits in October 1980 at the age of 16. Doyle was the band's third guitarist, replacing Bobby Steele among claims that Glenn and Jerry disapproved of Steele's guitar playing. Like Glenn and Jerry, Doyle incorporated the Devilock into his image. Jerry and Doyle would finance the band by working at their father's shop.

In 1987, four years after the Misfits, Doyle and Jerry formed the metal band Kryst The Conqueror with drummer The Murp. 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.

In 1995 Jerry settled a legal battle out of court with co-founder Glenn Danzig, effectively allowing him rights to the bands name on a performing level. 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. The group released two full length albums of new material. In 2000 at a live show, Doyle unplugged his guitar and left the band.

In 2005, Doyle left New Jersey for Las Vegas, and began auditioning members for his own band, Gorgeous Frankenstein. In 2007, Gorgeous Frankenstein played their first tour, opening for Danzig. Doyle has since joined Danzig on several occasions to play 30-minute-long sets of classic Misfits songs.

In 2008 Doyle had one of his hand made, custom Annihilator guitars and a set of speakers auctioned off on eBay. The equipment was used live from 1996-2001 and sold for thousands of dollars.

After years of interest from Doyle and demands from fans, Doyle began releasing high-end standard guitar and bass versions of his Annihilator through October Guitars. In a partnership with Haunted Hot Sauce, Doyle is set to release a product line of his own.

Gorgeous Frankenstein set out to tour another set of dates for 2008. The band now includes Argyle Goolsby of Blitzkid fame on bass and vocals and Dr. Chud, formerly of the Misfits on drums.

Doyle claimed that a reunion effort with Glenn Danzig ceased further progression when "Jerry put a fuckin' monkey wrench in it. [In] 2002, we had meetings ... And [Jerry] kind of fucked it up, him and his manager. We were going to do a record, do a tour and everything."


Doyle's early guitar playing style consisted heavily of down strokes and power chords during which he used an Ibanez Iceman guitar. Later, after experimenting with guitars in Kryst the Conqueror, Doyle developed his custom-made Rand Annihilator guitar from 1987 to 1994. Doyle currently uses a custom-made Rand Annihilator guitar, Ampeg Lee Jackson heads, and Dean Markley strings.

Personal life

Doyle is married to former pro wrestler Stephanie Bellars. They have a daughter named Boriss and three sons named Louis, Pauly and Isaac. He has their names tattooed on the fingers of his right hand. They moved to Las Vegas, Hollywood and returned to New Jersey. Doyle claims to have been lifting weights for 34 years. He is known to have shy reactions when being filmed and at times refuses to speak.


The Misfits

Kryst The Conqueror

"Resurrected" Misfits

Gorgeous Frankenstein

  • Gorgeous Frankenstein (2007) - album

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