Prince Midnight, the Tampa man who allegedly made a guitar from his uncle’s skeleton, will perform live this winter

The gig is in December at Brass Mug.

click to enlarge Prince Midnight, who plays Brass Mug in Tampa, Florida on Dec. 3, 2021. - princemidnightx/Facebook
Prince Midnight, who plays Brass Mug in Tampa, Florida on Dec. 3, 2021.

Prince Midnight, an enigmatic punk songwriter who allegedly made a guitar from his uncle’s skeleton, will make his live debut in Tampa during a Dec. 3 show at the Brass Mug.

“We’ve been rehearsing for months, it’s time,” Midnight, whose real name is reportedly Yaago Anax, told Creative Loafing Tampa.

He’s tapped a handful of past CL Best of the Bay winners to join him and drummer Chris Wotring in a band that’ll fly under a new moniker: Prince Midnight & the Searing Torment.

Wotring famously played in Cellgraft, whose 2010 album External Habitation was named No. 27 on Decibel Magazine’s list of the best 50 Grind/Powerviolence Albums of 2010-2019, and the show will have a major gridcore feel, but also have many operatic elements—including an actual opera singer, and the vibraphone, violin and bass that are hallmarks of Prince Midnight’s self-titled debut EP.

That record was released last winter in the wake of coverage from literally every corner of the world where music writers fell in love with Anax’s story about his Uncle Fripp who allegedly ​​died in a motorcycle accident in Greece in 1996 at the age of 28. Anax says he turned Fripp’s skeleton into a guitar, which has been featured in countless publications including the Huffington Post, Guitar World, CBC and Loudwire.

Anax didn’t argue with CL when asked if it’s safe to call the show something of a rock opera since it will include dramatic acting and dancing. “This will be more than a concert,” he said.

Tickets to see Prince Midnight with Malice Strikes, 430 Steps, Vacuous Depths and Wreath at Brass Mug—located at 1450 Skipper Rd. in Tampa—cost $7-$10 and go on sale soon via

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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