In a Facebook post reprinted below, Ron Reyes, an early Black Flag singer (he’s on the “Jealous Again” EP) who was brought back by Greg Ginn for the latest incarnation of the pivotal American hardcore punk combo, recounts how he was fired from the group last Saturday night.
Reyes writes that skateboarder Mike Vallely, who sang with the band at a 2003 reunion show “comes on stage stares me down, takes my mic and says ‘You’re done, party’s over get off it’s over…’
“The writing was on the wall,” Reyes continues, “since before we played our first show. So many things went wrong from the start. I was into things like having a good drummer, rehearsing and spending time on things like beginnings and endings of songs, being a little less distracted with tour life and a little more on the ball. You know things that would make our efforts worthy of the name Black Flag…”
After 28 years Black Flag is back with a new album, What The…
The album features the still-amazing guitar of band founder Greg Ginn, and the vocals of early Black Flag singer Ron Reyes (Jealous Again), plus two other guys who aren’t from earlier incarnations of the band. The album won’t be in stores until December 2013.
You can listen to the entire album right now via Spotify:
Black Flag founder Greg Ginn can’t prevent former bandmates including onetime frontmen Keith Morris and Henry Rollins from using the group’s distinctive four black bars logo, as well as its name, according to a story in Rolling Stone.
On Tuesday (Oct. 8, 2013), a U.S. District Court judge in California denied Ginn’s motion for a preliminary injunction against his former bandmates, Rolling Stone reports.
According to the legal order, the Black Flag guitarist didn’t prove sufficiently that he owned the name or logo. Defendants had submitted evidence before the judge that showed that the name and logo had fallen into “generic use,” Rolling Stone reports.
Great essay by Zachary Lipez about the recent Black Flag reunions.
“I have no issue with reunion bands,” Lipez writes. ” As elitist as it may be, outside of tickets/albums purchased for the transaction of art, with the expectation that art of some type will occur, I don’t think fans are owed anything. Memories aren’t ‘tarnished’ or ‘destroyed’ (and, motherfucker, if you say ‘raped’ I will straight-up HATE you) by band reunions. That’s not how time works. You’re stepping into a totally different river, if you know what I’m saying. If your memories are so feeble as to be destroyed by old people playing “Damaged” (either ‘I’ or ‘II’) then you are perhaps experiencing dementia and my deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family.”