BLACK FLAG LINE UP 2015
Veteran Pro Skateboarder, Company Owner, Mike Vallely, Lead Vocalist
Legendary SST, Black Flag Founder Greg Ginn Lead Guitar, Vocals
Maty’s Corner #33
I Was Wasted and Became Damaged!
Starting in 1976 Hermosa Beach, CA was Black Flag. That’s right; the most influential hard core band predates most punk. Though from 76 to late 78 they were known as Panic. This amazing unit has burned through more people than an urban wild fire and their influence on both punk rock and skate boarding has had the same effect and intensity. Their ranks have included some of the South Bay scene’s heaviest hitters, including the Descendent’s Bill Stevenson on drums for five years. So drop in and learn or review a thing or two about these guys.
Black Flag’s first releases are best summed up by The First 4 Years comp. This came out in 1983 and collects all the tracks for Nervous Breakdown, Jealous Again, and Six Pack) arguably the best EPs by any band ever). This covers the first three vocalists. That was Keith Morris who would go on to front Circle Jerks and OFF! Chavo who would return and professionally wound this band a few decades later. And Dez Cadena who would move to guitar for some of the band’s best material.
1981 gave us Black Flag’s first full album. This was the beginning of the Rollins era. One of the most power house front men in punk and most of rock. This is opens with Rise Above which is a song that has a life of its own. Off of this we also got Six Pack and T.V. Party. This is one of the most influential albums in music itself.
1984 gave us My War. Instead of trying to re-create Damaged, they chose to evolve creatively. This was much to the chagrin of many punks. It’s part hard core album, part doom metal. I don’t care what anyone says, it’s fucking amazing. This album was influential for many sludge artists, such as Long Beach’s Dystopia, check ‘em out if you want some heavy sounding shit.
1984 gave us the strangest album, Family Man. It’s part amazing spoken word by Rollins and part weird instrumental stuff. It has one of the creepiest Ray Pettibon (Black Flag’s artist, Ginn’s younger brother and founding bassist) artwork. I’ll admit he Greg Ginn instrumentals on this album seemed a bit self indulgent, but it’s still a pretty cool album.
1984 (yes they managed to record and release 3 albums in a year) brought us Slip It In. It opens with the gnarly sex song title track. The other stand out is an all time favorite of mine, Black Coffee. This went back to what Black Flag was doing on My War. Which was a good thing after the avante whatever on Family Man.
1985 brought out Loose Nut. The best track off of this was Annihilate This Week. This album saw further experimentation of the Black Flag sound and Rollins continuing to deliver everything the only way he can, amazing. There are a couple other great tracks off of this. Despite all the complaints, I give the band props for never trying to re-create an older album.
1985 also busted out with what would be their final album for 28 years, In My Head. Notable tracks off of this are Drinking and Driving and Retired at 21. This had a few more straight up songs than some of the previous albums. Still as good as anything Black Flag had been putting out.
2013 Black Flag had returned with a new album that I have no kind words for. Chavo was back on vocals and the delivery was an absolute abortion. What The.. is an apt title for this thing. Chavo was so bad that then manager Mike Vallely shit canned him mid show on the tour and took the mic to finish the tour out. So now skate boarding’s bad ass of Mike V is the voice of Black Flag. I am hopeful for the next album and subsequent tour. So Check out those other Black Flag releases if you’ve not given them a chance before. And don’t let Greg Ginn’s legal drama cloud how awesome this band is.
Duane Peters And Maureen Noone 2013 Downtown LBC
On Friday I notice a disturbing Facebook post coming from Duane Peters Wall. Duane has been a friend of mine dating back to first meeting him in southern California in the1980′s, during various contest’s. So after reading the Facebook post, I could see and feel that their was clearly a problem with Duane’s thinking and decision-making on that given day, so I tried to emailed D.P. but no reply came back. The Facebook post shown below obviously shows that Duane Peters was having a very tumultuous day and anyone who knows The Master Of Disaster and is familiar with his past trials, knows that when Duane falls, he falls hard and I feared this was the beginning of a crash and burn like days of old that all of us his friends have come very accustomed to over the last 30 years. I finally was able to speak with a mutual friend and Shane informed me that Duane had posted the $5000 bail and would be staying with friends to avoid any media questioning and rest up until his next arraignment at court on the 20th.
Here’s Duane’s Facebook Post Friday Just Before His Arrest
Below Are Some Of Duane Peters Skateboarding Sponsors Lost In Te Shuffle
The Facebook post came as a shock to the fans of Duane Peters who has been so happy as of recent and very excited about his new relationship with girlfriend Maureen Noone. This year at the Santa Cruz 50th I had a chance to meet Maureen for the first time in San Jose at the Independent trucks pro skate session. Duane Peters didn’t pad up to skate with any of us, he only wanted to be with Maureen and none of his peers could persuade him otherwise, so the Master sat around with his lady at his arm and watched the festivities of the staring cast at Lake Cunningham skate park host of the NHS Indy anniversary skate jam. The two seemed very happy and my wife commented later they seemed to be a match made in heaven. So this news was rather shocking to all of Duane Peters friends, family and fans who faithfully follow the Master whether it be his skating or his music.
Then I watched various people who read Duane’s Facebook post began to take sides and post their opinions and many arguments broke out and I just sat back and watched how fast people will throw you away like they never knew you, although they have made many mistakes themselves over the years, but now it was their time to kick one of their own while they were down, these idiots are really just a group of fake people showing their true colors at your expense and showing how much of a friend they really were to you. The majority of people who call themselves friends are liars and players and I caught a glimpse of this all weekend on online sites everywhere I went.
Image Gif Of The Duane Peters Famous Invented Trick “The Invert Revert”
Saturday February 8th there was an official report from the Los Angeles Daily News reporting that the professional skateboarder and legendary punk rock vocalist had been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence against his current girlfriend, which brings a felony charge and a possible prison sentence if convicted. http://www.dailynews.com/
So as a friend and long time fan of Duane, I went researching all possible outlets and asked friends of friends both from my side of the neighborhood and of D.P.’s huge click, looking for anything they might know about this newest drama in what us skaters like to call our Skateboard family.
Most Of These Photos Can Be Found At Duane Peters Official Website
To be honest with you, I was worried about Duane’s frame of mind, so I got busy with my resources who would know more than I do and who would trust me enough to answer my concerned questions. Here’s what I found out and it’s all right here for those of you who call yourselves friends and fans of this legendary character known as the Master Of Disaster.
My Favorite Decks Of Duane Peters Is This Black Label Issue Shown Below
Here was the report. Duane Peters was picked up and arrested at the 4000 block on Third street in downtown Long Beach Friday by the Long Beach Police Department. L.A. Daily also reported he was arrested late Friday night near midnight at 11:59 and Duane was booked in to jail early Saturday morning and was being held at a $50,000 bail. The report went on to say Duane Peters was scheduled to be in court on Tuesday morning February 11th. This information is according to Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Megan Zabel press release.
Duane And Maureen Pose For Fans As They Took To The Streets Of Long Beach
At the arraignment on Tuesday February 11th more details of the longtime professional skateboarder and punk rock band leader Duane Peters at age 52, has been charged with felony willful infliction of corporal injury following a domestic violence incident on Feb. 7 and faces a maximum of four years in state prison, according to Sarah Ardalani, the spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Prosecutors said Peters became angry with his girlfriend and assaulted her at their residence in Long Beach, according to Sarah Ardalani, public information officer for District Attorney Jackie Lacey. Neighbors near by heard the all the arguing and commotion, they then interceded and were able to restrain Duane Peters until the Long Beach Police arrived at the scene, prosecutors said the woman involved is Maureen Noone, Duane Peters girlfriend, she had sustained injuries to her face and body.
Duane Peters was officially charged Feb.11, but was unable to appear at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Long Beach due to unspecified medical reasons, Sarah Ardalani told National reporters, Duane Peters had posted the $50,000 bail on Thursday and postponed his court arraignment hearing until February 20th.
Image Gif Of The Duane Peters Invented Trick “The Acid Drop”
ESPN’S Report On Duane Peters Circumstances Leading To His Arrest.
Longtime professional skateboarder and punk rock front man Duane Peters, 52, has been charged with felony willful infliction of corporal injury following a domestic violence incident on Feb. 7 and faces a maximum of four years in state prison, according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Duane Peters Shown Below With His Patented Fast Plant At A California Skate Park
ESPN went on to say, prosecutors said Peters became angry with his girlfriend and assaulted her at their residence in Long Beach, according to Sarah Ardalani, public information officer for District Attorney Jackie Lacey. Neighbors heard the commotion, interceded and were able to restrain Peters until police arrived. Prosecutors said the woman sustained injuries from Peters and that the details were still coming in.
Duane Peters aka The Master Of Disaster whose pro skateboarding career dates as far back as the 1970s and who is also the front man for the band U.S. Bombs and Duane Peters & The Great Unwashed, was officially charged Feb. 11, but was unable to appear at Los Angeles County Superior Court in Long Beach due to unspecified medical reasons, Ardalani told ESPN. He posted $50,000 bail on Thursday and postponed his arraignment hearing to Feb. 20th as reported by ESPN sources.
Peters has had one of pro skateboarding’s longest careers. He won some of the earliest pool skating contests in the 1970s and early 1980s, and his aggressive style earned him the nickname “Master of Disaster,” first cited in a December 1980 profile done by Glen E. Friedman for “Skateboarder’s Action Now” magazine after Peters invented the ollie 180 lip trick known as the “disaster.” He’s also credited with inventing several other classic pool skating tricks, including fast plants and the layback grind, which has become his signature moves.
Peters remains a fixture in masters-level pool contests and placed ninth at the Vans ProTec Pool Party in May 2013. He’s a member of the “lifers” team at Pocket Pistols Skateboards and has long, ongoing sponsorship deals with Independent Truck Company and OJ Wheels, among others. He also released two full-length albums in 2013: “Beautiful Tragedy,” the debut album from Duane Peters & The Great Unwashed, and “Generation Kennedy No More,” the 11th album from U.S. Bombs, a band he started in 1993.
Duane Peters Destroys This Insanely Difficult Pool In Think Damaged Video
Reports Of Duane Peters Missing
This afternoon (February 14, 2014), legendary skate hero Duane Peter’s ex-wife Corey Parks-Castle took to Instagram (@Corey_Parks) to ask the skateboarding community to help find a missing Duane Peters.
Ex-wife Corey Parks-Castle posted the following message to her Instagram: “Firstly we would like to thank everyone who’s helped or taken part in looking for Duane…WE HAVE FOUND DUANE, but cannot disclose any details at the time.” This is great news and we hope it gets better in the coming days!
In what we hope can be described as a happy ending to the sad story that broke last night, it appears that Duane Peters, legendary skateboarder and front man for bands like U.S. Bombs and Die Hunns, has been found. Corey Parks, Duane’s ex-wife and the mother of his ten-year-old son, Clash, relayed the following message via Instagram:
Firstly We would like to thank everyone who’s helped or taken part in looking for Duane and all the outpouring of pouring if support and love. We are deeply touched as I know he would be as well. WE HAVE FOUND DUANE, but cannot disclose any details at this time. Thank you all so much from my entire family as well as Duane’s for your unbelievably kind and generous efforts. We will NEVER forget this. Love, Corey, Rob and Clash.
Below Is One Of Duane Peters Many Invented Trick The FS Layback Grind
Duane Peters Frontman For The U.S. Bombs
To make this article of Duane Peters more complete, I’ve included a full biography of Duane Peters life, which covers time before his life as a punk rock singer and before he was a professional skateboarder. I listed everything else I could remember, or find pertaining to his amazing life of being the Master Of Disaster. I hope you enjoy the information I’ve included below and share this link with friends.
Also Known As
The Master of Disaster
A Legend Is Born
June 12, 1961 (now age 52, 2014)
Orange County, California, U.S.A.
Hardcore – Punk Rock -Underground – Alternative
Professional Skateboarder – Punk Rock Musician
Lead Vocals – Bass Guitar
1978 Until Present
U.S. Bombs, Political Crap, Die’ Hunns, THe Huns, Duane Peters Gunfight,
The Exploding Fuckdolls, Duane Peters And The Great Unwashed.
Peters is credited for inventing many tricks, such as the “acid drop” into a pool or bowl, the “layback grind,” “the layback roll out,” the “Indy air”, the “Sweeper”, the “backside layback grind revert”, the “fakie hang-up” (known as the disaster), the “invert revert”, the “fakie thruster”, and the “loop of death,” (a full 360-degree rotation in a specially designed loop). He also, along with Neil Blender, helped to evolve the “footplant” into the more dynamic move known as the “fastplant.”
Shown Below Is The Invert Revert Trick. Nobody Desires To Try This Trick
Photos not labeled are most likely MRZ
Peters was one of the very first high-profile skaters to embrace punk rock, cutting his hair short and narrowing his jeans when most skaters were still wearing 1970s fashions. As shown on an Eye on LA television segment, Duane left the punk rock movement for the softer sound of “New Romantic/White Funk” music; even forming a band by the name of Tan-Dane.
Peters was named Transworld Skateboarding’s “Legend” in 2003. He is a professional skateboarder who rides for Pocket Pistols Skates. In May 2005, Black Label Skateboards released a biographic film, entitled Who Cares: The Duane Peters Story, A second documentary, planned by havocTV, and intended to focus on the supposed path to sobriety of Peters and then-wife Corey Parks, was publicized but failed to appear. In 2006, a sober Peters, had a cameo in the Joan Jett video Androgynous, directed by Morgan Higby Night.
One Of Duane Peters Most Popular Tricks Among Skaters “The Indy Air”
Duane Peters Almost Lost His Leg IN 2010 After A Brutal Slam And Then Not Attending To The Injury Which Almost Resulted In The Loss Of His Leg From Gang Green. The Community Lead By Lance Mountain Stepped Up To The Plate And Helped Raise Money To Pay Duane’s Medical Bills Which Were Several Hundreds Of Thousands Dollars.
Along with skateboarding, Peters is a well-known punk rock singer among his peers. He has formed bands such as the US Bombs, Political Crap, Die’ Hunns (also known as Duane Peters and The Hunns), Duane Peters Gunfight, and The Exploding Fuckdolls. He was formerly connected with two defunct record labels: Disaster Records, (owned by Patrick Boissel of Alive Records), and – later – Indian Recordings (owned by Ponk Media).
In 2000, Peters formed Duane Peters and The Hunns with Rob Milucky (previously of The Grabbers and The Pushers fame). Within two years, the band released three full-length albums and undertook both national and European tours. At a The Damned show in 2002, Peters met future wife Corey Parks, who had just left her previous band, Nashville Pussy. Parks joined Duane Peters and the Hunns on bass guitar and soon the band changed their name to Die Hunns, recorded a fourth full-length album entitled Long Legs, Die’ Hunns, and embarked on another tour.
Below Duane Peters Always Ready To Express His Opinion To The Inquiring Media
Duane Peters was cast to star in an independent film called “Hostility Hotel”, scheduled for release in 2010, but the film failed to appear to the public.
Was interviewed extensively for the award-winning 2011 documentary “The Other F Word”, a documentary about the lives of Punk Rockers after they have children.
Duane Peters Shown Here With Mike Valleley & Steve Olson At Jokers Skate Shop
Peters was married to Corey Parks, with whom he has a son, Clash Thomas Peters (born in 2004). Clash is the half-brother to oldest child Schuyler and middle child Chess (Chelsea) Peters; Both from a previous marriage. In the late 00′s Duane and Corey separated.
Peters has also struggled with drug addictions, mainly heroin, for over 3 decades. In 2007, Peters and his then-current band, Die Hunns cancelled their tour as Peters once again entered rehabilitation facility.
Peters’ 20 year-old son Chess (Chelsea) Peters was killed in a car accident on July 6, 2007. To this day Duane Hosts annual skate charity events dedicated to his son Chess.
3 Skateboard Icons Below, Steve Olson, Duane Peters And David Hackett 2013
Steve Olson, Duane Peters And Steve Alba (Salba), Down For Life
Skateboard champion and punk-rock vocalist Duane Peters has been an idol of the underground skate-punk movement for nearly three decades. Known among his fans as the Master of Disaster, Peters is largely credited with pioneering the counterculture that unites skate-boarding and punk music. Skin-headed, missing his two front teeth, and festooned with tattoos and safety-pin earrings, he has been skateboarding since the late 1970s, and has led such punk bands as the U.S. Bombs and The Hunns. A heroin user in his earlier days, Peters renounced drugs in his mid-30s. Peters, who turned 40 in 2001, remains a strong presence in extreme sports and alternative music at his current age of 52 years old.
Duane Peters parents divorced when he was a child in Anaheim, California, and Duane went to live with his father, a used-car salesman, in nearby Newport Beach. He had a rebellious youth and Duane often skipped school to skateboard. Hoping to discipline his son, his father sent Peters to live for a year with relatives on a farm in Michigan. “I went to school every day that year because there was nothing else to do.”
Duane Peters Appears In A Circle-A Skateboard Advert. Before The Tattoos
Returning to live with his father, Peters dropped out of school at age the young age of 14. By then he had discovered the underground skateboarding scene of the mid-1970s. Not having the money to buy a skateboard, he made one for himself by sawing off a piece of wood and nailing on roller-skate wheels. He spent his youthful days skate and surfing the sidewalks of Newport Beach and at nearby Balboa. “I just wanted to skate all the time and didn’t want to have to go to work. I didn’t want to grow up.”
D.P. Front Side Corner Air In Uplands Combi On His Way To World Cup Victory 1981
Photo: Glen E. Friedman
Through his drug addictions and rehabilitation, and during his long and varied punk music career, Peters has continued professional skateboarding. As a member of the skateboarding club “Beer City,” he has participated in contests nationwide through his late 30s and into his early 40s. Within the skate-punk subculture, he has maintained a devoted following of fans, and is celebrated as a skateboard pioneer.
In the days before skate parks, youths such as Peters and his friends liked to practice skating in empty swimming pools. Breaking into neighbors’ backyards, they skateboarded in underground pools until the police chased them out. In pools and empty half-pipes, Peters honed his skills and started inventing his own signature skateboarding tricks. Like his idol, motorcycle stunt rider Evel Knievel, Peters often injured himself. At 16, practicing in a 14-foot pipe, he perfected an upside-down, 360-degree stunt that seemed to defy the laws of gravity. With this trick he caught the attention of Skateboarder magazine; soon he was offered money to perform in skate shows, and even made a skateboarding appearance on the 1970s television show That’s Incredible! A regular winner in skating contests, Peters had developed a reputation in the skateboarding subculture.
Young Duane Peters Age 19 Before Adopting The Skate Punk Lifestyle
In 1978, Peters, then 17, discovered punk rock. Hearing a recording of punk band The Ramones, he took an instant liking to the music. Soon he was collecting records by such punk groups as Generation X, the Dead Boys, and the Sex Pistols. Peters and some of his friends cut their hair in punk styles and started frequenting punk clubs such as the Cuckoo’s Nest in Costa Mesa, California.
Duane Peters Showing Skills On New Board Sponsor Santa Cruz – NHS
Eventually Peters and his cohorts started forming their own bands and performing in Southern California clubs. Out of the skateboarding subculture, a new punk-skate subculture was born, with Peters at the center. “A lot of us were from broken homes,” Peters told John Roos of the Los Angeles Times. “We were freaks and misfits. That’s why we found punk rock, and it took us in.… We suddenly had somewhere to go.”
Influenced by drug-using punk-idol Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, Peters and his friends started experimenting with heroin. It didn’t take long for the skate-punk to become hooked. For the next 15 years, he struggled with addiction, spending all of his skateboarding prize money on drugs. As a junkie, he was often in trouble with the law, charged with drug possession and trafficking. In and out of jail throughout his 20s and 30s, his time behind bars amounted to six or seven years.
Peters quit using heroin in his mid-30s, substituting alcohol for drugs. When he developed liver problems, he eventually quit drinking, too. Living a clean, drug-free lifestyle, Duane Peters became more active in music and skateboarding and became very business responsible in his day-to-day affairs.
American Bomb 7″
Crack the Safe LP
2012 Double CD Vinyl Dog Singles & Live ’93 @ KUCI
Scouts of America double 7″
Put Strength in the Final Blow LP
U.S. Bombs EP
Garibaldi Guard! LP
Nevermind the Opened Minds EP
“Outtakes from a Beer City Basement” 7″
Jaks 10″ picture disc
War Birth LP
“split w/ The Bristles” 7″
The Great Lakes of Beer 7″
“Hobroken Dreams” 7″
The World LP
2001/Lost in America Live LP
“Tora Tora Tora” 7″
Back at the Laundromat LP
“Art Kills” 7″
Covert Action LP
Bomb Everything DVD
Put Strength in the Final Blow: Disaster Edition CD
“We are the Problem” 7″
We are the Problem LP
“Not Gonna Pay” 7″
Tickets to Heaven LP
Split with The Revolvers EP
Wayward Bantams LP
Long Legs LP
“Time Has Come Today” 7″
“Marshall Law” 7″ Split with Radio One
You Rot Me LP
Live Fast… Die Hunns LP
Live In Chi-Town DVD (Ambervillain Films)
“Hell Mary” and “Gunfighter” 7″
Duane Peters Gunfight LP
split w/ GG Allin 7″ (2 different versions, US and UK)
Forever Chess 7″
The Great Unwashed
Beautiful Tragedy LP
The Master Of Disaster Is No Stranger To The Thrill Of Agony Of Defeat
Shown Below Yet Another Duane Peters Invented Trick “The Indy Air”
Ron Reyes the former/new/now former Black Flag singer revealed he’s been booted out of the long standing iconic hardcore band Black Flag. Reyes tells reporters, the ousting happened on November 24 while the band was performing a gig in Australia. Mike Vallely, the professional skateboarder who fronted a short-lived Black Flag reunion in 2003, reportedly walked onstage, snatched the microphone away from Reyes, and ordered him off the stage.
Reyes’ departure from Black Flag ended in Australia, but anybody who has followed Mike Vallley’s career knows it was destiny calling. Mike has been caught on tape in many fights over his legendary skateboard career and is known to be hard as nails against any opposition. So what a perfect job for the then Black Flag manager to hand Reyes his walking papers.
Reyes shared through a Facebook post, explaining that Vallely, who is also a professional skateboarder, walked onstage, grabbed the microphone from him, and sang the rest of the set himself. “I would not be surprised if Mike V becomes the new singer for Black Flag,” Reyes wrote in November. “It is my opinion that they have been planning this for some time.”
Reyes flew home and posted to Facebook almost immediately.
You can read his entire Facebook post below:
“On November 24th 2013 the last night of the Australian Hits and Pits tour with two songs left in the set Mike V comes on stage stares me down, takes my mic and says “You’re done, party’s over get off it’s over…” He said something else to me but it was a lie so I won’t repeat it here. So with a sense of great relief that it was finally over I left the stage and walked to the hotel room. They finished the set with Mike V on vocals. There is much more that can and perhaps should be said. But for now I will spare you the gory details. The writing was on the wall 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… Yes it is my opinion that we fell very short indeed and the diminishing ticket sales and crowds are a testament to that. However It was made clear to me that raising these issues was tantamount to a blasphemous stab in the back to Greg. How could I question him, his efforts and hard work? How could I dare be a fan of OFF! And or be friends and a fan of Flag? I was told that I had to choose sides. But I refuse to treat someone like an infallible Pope figure. No guitarist deserves such unquestioning blind devotion. And so I have been excommunicated in a very strange fashion. I truly feel sorry for anyone who had to witness the infantile behavior and the relentless provocation I was subjected to both on and off the stage. I regret that under such fierce provocation and taunting I sometimes responded in manners bellow my standard. I am grateful for the opportunities Greg gave me. There were some magical moments at first. I was naive enough to believe in the promise of potential. But in the end the good was no match for the overwhelming bad. It am proud of my contributions including the new album and its cover. Come on folks it’s only rock n roll. I would not be surprised if Mike V becomes the new singer for Black Flag. It is my opinion that they have been planning this for some time. I wish them well. Mike is a true disciple of Greg and so they have a good working relationship. And ironically the tension over the last weeks has brought out some of Greg’s best playing. So it could be interesting. I will miss playing with Dave Klein. He is a great kid and truly an outstanding bass player. Dave was an anchor that kept me from losing my place on a nightly basis. Trust me that was no easy task for either of us. I truly apologize for being in or more accurately “appearing” to be in competition with “Flag”. They know my heart on this matter. From the beginning I was happy for them and fully supported and understood why they would want to rock those songs and have a good time with friends and family. Yes I questioned their use of the name and logo but in no way questioned their motivation or right to do their thing. I envy them for they have succeeded in ways that were never possible with “Black Flag”. And once again for the record, I agreed to do Black Flag before I knew there was a Flag. I mean no malice towards Greg or Mike although they will most likely see things very differently. I wish them luck and prosperity. I have learned many valuable lessons this year. And these lessons will enrich my personal and musical endeavors. Cheers. Ron Reyes.”
Vallely denies that the personnel change was planned ahead of the Australian gig. Vallely claims that Reyes — who originally handled vocals for Black Flag on 1980’s Jealous Again EP — became “disgruntled” and “combative” throughout the tour, noting that he and Greg Ginn, the only consistent member of Black Flag, had different opinions about the group’s future.
“We feel that, generally, the band fell short in 2013 because of a difference in the philosophies of Ron and Greg — it just led to dysfunction,” says Vallely who previously fronted a short-lived Black Flag reunion in 2003 and teamed up with Ginn last year for a project called Good for You. “Greg just felt like, ‘I don’t want the Black Flag name to fizzle out with this or be tainted with this record that’s proven to be sub-par compared to what the expectations for it were.'” Vallely explained further, saying, “He told me he made a mistake by working with Ron and trying to pander to a sort of old-school thing. He just thought that I was the guy for the job… I’m not gonna say no to that.”
According to the new/old Black Flag singer, Reyes was more interested in playing the band’s classic material, while Ginn wanted to focus on writing new music. Vallely also alleges that Reyes tried to leave the group before he was fired, and insists that the only reason Reyes was given the ax onstage was because it looked as though he was going to quit in the middle of the concert.
“I did not threaten him or physically remove him from the stage,” Vallely says. “I just told him very plainly, very simply, that it was over. And he looked at me and he almost seemed relieved. Then he walked off the stage.”
Looking to the future, Black Flag are hoping to redeem their less-than-stellar 2013. “It could have been better,” Vallely admits. “Black Flag can be a stronger, more cohesive, tighter band. We want to prove that.”
The singer says that the elder punks are already working on new material, and are gearing up for a “pretty extensive” tour that is expected to begin in May. As for the reception to last year’s What The…, Vallely said, “I talked to Greg about the legacy of Black Flag” and he said, ‘I write a lot of music, and I’ll write a lot more music. I’m not gonna cry over one fucking record.'”
Maty’s Corner #9
Getting Back On
Over the past few months I’ve been getting back to riding my skate after 4 and a half years off of it. Been starting to park ride which is a new beast for a punk who’s used to streetin’ it in loading docks and parking structures. I still feel intimidated by the park in Ripon. I think the answer is on the days I don’t go there is to hit the loading dock area behind local shopping centers in between park days. I feel the roots calling me. I grew up worshipping and emulating Mike V and Mullen. I think going back to that will help my Boneless of that fear. Also something to think about for any of y’all out there who are letting something hold ya back from living some passion. Take care and thrash it!
– Maty Almost.
“Nothing’s too gnarly” –Danny Way
Pro skateboarder and band manager Mike Vallely with bands founder Greg Ginn
There’s a simple answer for all the “Black Flag” fans who are confused about why two different versions of the hardcore punk band are touring this year only separate: It’s about money, says Mike Vallely, professional skateboarder and newly appointed band manager for Black Flag. The master mind and founder of “Black Flag,” guitarist Greg Ginn carefully selected, vocalist Ron Reyes and original drummer Gregory Moore, to be the front men on a world tour in 2013. Now here’s a hilarious facet of this punk rock reunion story, but also performing on the road, simultaneously, playing memorable Black Flag songs, is tribute band “Flag,” who’s by the way is also composed with former band members, and playing the same popular hit songs, while traveling on the road. Seems almost everyone from Black Flag’s “Ghost of Christmas Past,” have been called to duty, except for the bands most popular vocalist and easily most famous band member, Henry Rollins.
Keith Morris, the bands original singer and song writer for Black Flag, heads up the tribute band “Flag,” with the likes of Dez Cadena, Chuck Dukowski and Bill Stevenson, also reuniting together and touring North America, performing the same Black Flag songs, live in concert. Guitarist Greg Ginn claims the touring band “Flag,” consisting of Keith Morris, Dez Cadena, Chuck Dukowski and Bill Stevenson, infringes on “Black Flag’s” rights, which are owned by him under his label, SST Records.
Keith Morris of OFF! former singer of Black Flag, Circle Jerks and now Flag
Keith Morris and all the ex-band members through the years, have been wanting to do Black Flag again, but they’ve been wanting to do it on their own terms,” Vallely tells in Rolling Stone magazine. The pioneering hardcore punk rock band had been largely dormant since splitting in 1986. Then, after years of releasing music on his own and with various side projects, Greg Ginn announced in January that he was re-teaming with Reyes and Moore for a tour and a new album under the original band name, “Black Flag,” a move that Vallely says was nearly a decade in the making. “Greg and I had been talking about doing something together since 2003,” says Vallely, who is Black Flag’s newly appointed manager and remains the lead vocalist in the hardcore band, “Revolution Mother.”
Vallely has been performing hardcore since early years as Mike V and the Rats
“Good for You” turned into something good thus far, a new punk band with Mike Vallely on vocals and Greg Ginn on guitar. The group released its debut, “Life Is Too Short to Not Hold a Grudge,” in February on Ginn’s legendary label “SST Records”. “Good for You” seemed to signal that Ginn was ready to return to producing hardcore punk rock, and at the same time the guitarist was working with Vallely, he was talking to Ron Reyes about reviving Black Flag, but he did not want to just play oldies, but goodies as the sets.
Keith Morris, remains calm after hearing of Ginn’s negative comments to the media and the multiple pending law suits popping up almost daily. Kieth Morris says he’s doing “Flag” just for fun, not for an increase in revenue, or fame, says Morris, who is the original vocalist and the front man for “Black Flag” from 1976-1979. Morris later went on to sing with the band “Circle Jerks” and currently remains the lead singer in the punk rock band “Off!” who’s also touring North America in 2013.
By Rich Monday
Legendary punk band BLACK FLAG has reformed and will play this year’s Hevy Fest, set to take place August 2-4 in Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent. The group’s only 2013 appearance in the U.K. will mark the first time in 30 years that the band’s played in the country.
BLACK FLAG’s lineup for the show will include singer Ron Reyes, who was a member of the band during 1979-1980 (after Keith Morris but before Dez Cadena) and was featured on the “Jealous Again” EP. He will be joined by guitarist and founder Greg Ginn as well as bassist Chuck Dukowski and drummer Roberto “Robo” Valverde.
Vocalist Henry Rollins joined BLACK FLAG in 1981 and left five years later. He has since released several music albums and established himself as a spoken-word artist and book author.
Now we have “The Chase,” which could be described as the “second new song from BLACK FLAG in a generation.” That’s right — fans have had to wait 28 years for the follow-up to 1985’s In My Head and now we’ve got two new Black Flag tracks in as many weeks.
“They have undoubtedly had the greatest impact on DIY record distribution, underground touring and hardcore music of any band, before or since,” Hevy Fest’s announcement reads. “There is a whole generation of musicians and fans that would cite BLACK FLAG as being the most important band to have influenced them, without ever even having the chance to see them perform live, until now.”
May 14 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg – Rockhal Club
May 15 Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
May 16 Zurich, Switzerland – Dynamo
May 17 Rome, Italy – The Orion
May 18 Hünxe, Germany – RUHRPOTT RODEO
May 20 Vienna, Austria – Arena Wien
May 23 Austin, TX – Infest
May 24 Dallas, TX – Trees
May 25 San Antonio, TX – The Korova
June 06 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
June 07 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
June 08 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
June 09 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
June 10 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
June 11 Erie, PA – The Crooked I
June 12 Albany, NY – Bogies NY
June 13 Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs
June 14 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw @ The Polish National Home
June 15 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw @ The Polish National Home
June 17 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
June 18 Roanoke, VA – Growlers
June 19 Lexington, KY – Buster’s
June 20 Newport, KY – Southgate House
June 21 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
June 22 Fayetteville, AR – Rogue
July 10 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
July 11 Tempe, AZ – Club Red/Red Owl
July 12 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
July 13 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
July 14 Los Angeles, CA – Vex Arts
July 15 San Diego, CA – SomaSanDiego
July 16 Santa Cruz,CA – The Catalyst
July 17 Redway, CA – Mateel Community Center
July 18 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
July 19 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
July 20 Vancouver, British Columbia – Chinese Cultural Centre
July 23 Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro Operahouse
July 24 Ventura, CA – The Majestic Ventura Theater
Black Flag With New Release For First Time In 28 Years
Revived hardcore punk band Black Flag will release “What The…”, their first studio album in 28 years, on November 5th. The group put the 22-track album up on iTunes today for pre-orders and the sales were high.
Earlier this year, the group released two new songs that are included in the track list for “What the…” In May, they posted the song “Down in the Dirt” as a free download in exchange for an email address list signup. Shortly after that, Black Flag posted another new song, “The Chase,” as a video release.
Guitarist Greg Ginn, who co-founded Black Flag in 1976, announced the return of the group in January. Its lineup includes vocalist Ron Reyes, who sang on the band’s 1980 EP Jealous Again, as well as two new members, bassist Dave Klein and drummer Gregory Moore (who played drums at a Black Flag reunion show in 2003). In April, the group announced they would be releasing a new album. Ginn doesn’t want it to be about a reunion, or just some sort of greatest-hits act. It’s not Beatlemania, you know; for him, it’s about the music. So there has to be new music for him to even consider playing the old music.
Around the same time Ginn announced the band’s return, a group of ex–Black Flag members calling themselves simply “Flag” began touring, playing songs from the band’s catalog. In August, the guitarist filed a lawsuit against that band’s members and former Black Flag front man Henry Rollins over alleged trademark infringement and related issues. A U.S. District Court judge ruled in early October that he would not provide Ginn with a temporary injunction against his former band mates due to a lack of evidence.
1 My Heart’s Pumping
2 Down in the Dirt
3 Blood and Ashes
4 Now Is the Time
5 Wallow in Despair
6 Slow Your Ass Down
7 It’s so Absurd
8 Shut Up
9 This Is Hell
10 Go Away
11 The Bitter End
12 The Chase
13 I’m Sick
14 It’s Not My Time to Go-Go
16 Get Out of My Way
18 No Teeth
19 To Hell and Back
20 Give Me All Your Dough
21 You Gotta Be Joking
22 Off My Shoulders
A new blast of punk fucking rock y’all oughtta know about is Good For You. This was put together by Greg Ginn of Black Flag and Mike Vallely of Mike V and the Rats/ Revolution Mother and all around bad ass skater. The album Life Is Too Short Not To Hold A Grudge is an 11 track blast from hard core past.
The sound is reminiscent of My War era Black Flag. Greg’s lines scream of those old days and Mike’s voice is somewhere between Rollins and Reyes while having its own unique howl. The album is appropriately on SST Record
The lyrical themes are also straight outta the old Black Flag playbook which is a good thing since so much hard core these days lacks everything that music should have. This came back in February so if you don’t have this yet, beg, borrow or steal and fucking get this!
Here’s Some New Tracks From Good For You:
Good For You – Hangin Around
Good For You – Stupid Me
Good For You – Blaze Of Glory
Good For You – Good Sport