Black Flag fans, after years of no band, now get two


From The Los Angeles Times:

No band from the nascent Los Angeles punk rock scene of the 1970s and ’80s has meant more to subsequent hard-core generations than Black Flag. Few could have expected as much at the time.

“I’m totally surprised because we didn’t know what we were doing,” recalls Keith Morris, the band’s founding singer, who quit in 1979 to form his own early hard-core act, the Circle Jerks. “This is who we are, this is what we do: get in the room, turn the amps on and let it blast.”

Since the band’s breakup in 1986, fans and the curious have had to be content with all the “loudfastrules” recordings left behind, but this summer brings a strange new chapter: two competing versions of the band on tour.

One is an official Black Flag reconvening with leader-guitarist Greg Ginn and singer Ron Reyes; the other a gathering of former group members simply called Flag, with Morris, bassist Chuck Dukowksi, guitarist-singer Dez Cadena and drummer Bill Stevenson.

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