BlackFlag

Seems as if there’s been a lot of change in the Black Flag camp of late. First off, they announced a new singer, Mike Vallely, a few days back. Now, the bassist leaves the band. You can read the statements pertaining to the state of change in the legendary hardcore punk band below.

While talking with Rolling Stone, Mike Vallely had this to say about his addition and the departure of Ron Reyes (who stated, “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.”)

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Not so, says Vallely. As manager on the 2013 tour, he says he saw Reyes grow “disgruntled” and “combative” over the course of the reunion. Vallely alleges the singer didn’t jive with [Greg] Ginn’s goal of progressing the band, rather than celebrating the past, and that Reyes had attempted to quit previously. He says that when he interverned in Australia, he did so mid-set because he thought Reyes was going to “act out his grievances” and quit onstage. “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.” Regarding the decision to elect Vallely as the new frontman, he said Ginn offered him the spot immediately after Reyes’ dismissal. “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 subpar compared to what the expectations for it were,'” Vallely says. “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.”

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Bassist Dave Klein had the following to say about his departure from the band…

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“To avoid more [private messages] after the news out of the Black Flag camp… I guess I should say that I’m no longer playing with Black Flag. I suppose the following post [a December 2nd announcement that Klein had joined They Stay Dead] from last month wasn’t exactly clear. Now go listen to They Stay Dead and Screeching Weasel. See ya soon at a show near you!”

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