Black Flag Reunites...Twice

Los Angeles punk band Black Flag reunites two times with two different line-ups. Photo: Black Flag/IllaZilla-Wiki

LOS ANGELES, February 8, 2013 — Reunion shows are all the rage these days. In years passed, we have seen many of our favorite punk bands reunite in one form or another. The Pixies reunited and did some touring. Dead Kennedys hit the road again, but without their original singer, Jello Biafra. Glenn Danzig and Doyle reunited to play a few Misfits shows, but they weren’t allowed to call themselves Misfits because of this Jerry Only character. Now there is another band reuniting, Black Flag, sort of.

With these reunions there are things that will leave most Black Flag fans both disappointed and thankful at the same time. The good news is that, thankfully, Henry Rollins will not be joining either reunion. The bad news is that, disappointingly, Keith Morris and Chuck Dukowski will not be joining up with Greg Ginn and Brian Migdol for a true Black Flag reunion.          

Black Flag, the seminal punk band that formed in 1976 in Hermosa Beach, CA, will be reuniting, not just once, but two times. The band had so many different members throughout its career before finally breaking up in 1985 that there will be two separate reunion tours with completely different members.

In August, Black Flag will be playing the Hevy Music Festival in the UK with founding member and main song writer, Greg Ginn, the second singer for the band, Ron “Chavo” Reyes, and drummer Gregory Moore, who was never part of Black Flag’s pre-1985 lineups. No bass player has yet been confirmed.

In addition to this, Black Flag also announced that they are putting the finishing touches on a new Black Flag album with all new material. Dale Nixon, Greg Ginn’s alter ego, is listed as the bass player on the new recordings.

The other half of the reunion duo is hitting the road under the name FLAG. FLAG will include original members, Keith Morris on vocals and Chuck Dukowski on bass. Joining them will be a pair of Descendents, Bill Stevenson on drums and Stephen Egarton on guitar. Stevenson played drums for Black Flag during the Henry Rollins era from 1982 until 1985. FLAG recently announced that Dez Cadena, who was the third singer of Black Flag then a guitar player for the band when Rollins joined, will be playing guitar as well.

Unlike Black Flag, FLAG has no plans to record any new material. FLAG has been announced as a headliner for the 2013 Punk Rock Bowling festival in Las Vegas in May, as well as a few shows in Germany and Belgium in April.

As far as a real Black Flag reunion with all four original members, don’t hold your breath. In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Keith Morris said, “when it comes to Greg Ginn, there are some of us that could really care less. Normally, you don’t talk like that about friends. But he’s not a friend.”  

It looks as though those of us who are waiting to see the original band we were too young to see in its original form will either have to keep waiting or just give up hope all together. And for those of us who were worried when the rumors started flying that Henry Rollins would be joining in the reunion fun, we can relax, for now at least. Both lineups will have a lot to offer the crowds that will flock to see these shows. And fans should be thankful to see either one and extremely lucky to see both.

Kevin Wells writes about Major League Baseball and the punk rock music scene in and around Los Angeles. You can follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBasball

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Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR.


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