Black Flag

A Black Flag reunion — a real Black Flag reunion, one that featured the complete version of any of the California hardcore originators’ classic lineups — would be a big, big deal. But Flag guitarist and mastermind Greg Ginn spent decades alienating basically every single person he knew in the punk underground, so that’s not going to happen. Instead, two different Black Flag reunions are playing shows this year.

First, there was the news that a band calling itself Black Flag will play England’s Hevy Fest, which comes to Kent 8/2-4. Ginn is spearheading this version, which also includes singer Ron Reyes, who replaced Keith Morris in the band and sang for them between 1979 and 1980; he was in the band when they taped their Decline Of Western Civilization appearance and recorded the Jealous Again EP. It also features early drummer Robo, who left the band in 1981 and went on to join the Misfits.

Originally, it was reported that this Black Flag would be the full 1979 lineup of the band, which would also include longtime bassist Chuck Dukowski. But Dukowski’s doing something else instead: forming his own version of the band called FLAG, which will play Black Flag songs on tour in the U.S. and Europe later this year. FLAG also features Circle Jerks/OFF! singer and Black Flag co-founder Keith Morris, and Descendents/All drummer Bill Stevenson, who played in Black Flag from 1983 to 1985. Descendents/All guitarist Stephen Egerton will fill in for Greg Ginn on guitar. FLAG is already booked for the Groezrock Festival, which comes to Meerhout, Belgium 4/27-28, the two Monster Bash festivals in Germany 4/26-27, and Las Vegas’s Punk Rock Bowling festival, which runs 5/24-27.

Meanwhile, there are totally enough left-over Black Flag members for another couple of versions of the band; I would not be remotely surprised to hear about a Henry Rollins/Dez Cadena/Kira Roessler/Chuck Biscuits version of the band hitting the road.

Comments (12)
  1. The leftovers that you mentioned should get together so we can have a Battle of the Black Flags.

  2. Doubtful Rollins would do any reunion. But ya never know.

  3. Rollins already did the West Memphis 3 Flag reunions which featured Dukowski and Morris. Either Black Flag or Flag your don’t lose out… Those lineups are Henry’s fave’s!

  4. Gimme gimme gimme
    I need some more
    Gimme gimme gimme
    Don’t ask what for!


    Not hating. I’m a fan. It’s just humorous how many of these anti-establishment, anti-capitalist, anti-getting old and doing the same thing everybody else did, anti-EVERYTHING bands get back together these days.

  5. I am hoping some journalist (Chuck Klosterman) attends shows for both versions and compares to see which one is the better Black Flag. That would make for some interesting reading.

  6. ^corniest shit ever ^

  7. Imagine if they were on the same bill:

    “Okay, the Black Flag before us did ‘Jealous Again’; here’s ‘Jealous Again’ …AGAIN!”

    And if Rollins and Kira decide to get into the mix:

    “Okay, the Black Flag before the Black Flag before us did ‘Jealous Again’, and the Black Flag before us did ‘Jealous Again’… again, here’s ‘Jealous Again’ … again… AGAIN.”

  8. Rather than all this rehash of the bands, let’s move forward and create something new. All those band reunions are major fails. For them, nostalgia is a product like anything else.

  9. BLACK FLAG has reformed and is in the process of putting finishing touches on a new album with founder Greg Ginn on guitar, Ron Reyes on vocals, Gregory Moore on drums and Dale Nixon on bass.
    BLACK FLAG headlines Muddy Roots Music Festival Aug 31, 2013. (Tennessee)

  10. I grew up in the 80s hardcore scene and saw BF numerous times, last time 30 years ago in a vacant ballet studio in Seattle, where they played on the floor. They were hellacious.
    Quit bitching about which version is more “authentic”. There is just one reason to see BOTH these lineups: to hear Black Flag songs in a small club LIVE and LOUD! When will you get another chance?
    From the videos I’ve seen they show a hell of a lot more energy than young bands half their age. If you don’t like looking at them, google up some old photos of Rollins while you get pummelled by the noise.
    You know what will be really interesting? Whether the young people there have the stones to form a decent pit, or will they just stand with their smart phones in the air sending videos to their friends too proud to come.

    BTW why doesn’t Morris just reform Circle Jerks, play Group Sex in its entirety plus some good stuff from their later recordings? That’d be great.

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