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Do you go see the legendary band when abuse allegations hang over the founding member?

Black Flag. ‘To all intents and purposes America’s first hardcore punk band’.

This could well be the only chance to see the influential band in the UK.  Fact.

It’s the first time they have played here in 30 years.

Black Flag.

THE Black Flag.

(Well, the band line-up per the official website seems to be Greg Ginn, Mike Vallely and ….err.)

The press release is short, stark, blunt.  Few details.  Just some facts. No extravagant claims or hyperbole.

BLACK FLAG is an American band formed in 1976 in Hermosa Beach, CA by guitarist, primary songwriter, and sole continuous member Greg Ginn.  Their discography includes seven studio albums and two live albums.  The band has released all of their material on Ginn’s independent label, SST Records beginning with 1981’s Damaged. Vocalist, Mike Vallely, first sang with the band as a guest vocalist in 2003, before becoming the band’s fifth vocalist and touring with the band in 2014. BLACK FLAG is currently recording new material for a future studio release and will be touring from the Summer of 2019.

Black Flag have a long, messy, tangled, complicated history and extended membership including several vocalists, the best known of whom are Henry Rollins and Keith Morris.

There is a band operating under the name FLAG who feature more former Black Flag members than Black Flag.

Greg Ginn has been accused of some awful shit – with testimony from another former Black Flag vocalist.

It’s a fuckin’ tangled web….

And the age-old debate of Love The Art – but not necessarily the Artist, rears its head again.

Black Flag is not just a band. It is not ‘a brand’ either and it’s not just just one man (in my opinion).  Black Flags status as a seminal, defining and important hardcore band can not be denied or under-estimated.  Those original first five years-worth of releases were phenomenal.  The stripped-down cranked-up sound makes the blood course thru your veins that much faster.  They embody rage and disillusionment and release.

Each and every member played a part and made a vital contribution, but yeah Ginn was the founder.

You all know how to use Google.

Do a bit of research first.  I decided against putting links up to make it easy for you.

Know a bit about what is alleged to have happened before making your decision to see this band.

Black Flag may well be a shadow of a ghost of its former self… or it may be a thrilling visceral hardcore experience from the vantage point of the pit…

If  you want to see Black Flag live in 2019 in the UK, then go.  Enjoy it.  Have a blast.  Feed off that beautiful noise.  Enjoy the raw, savage art for what it is.


UK Tour Dates

7th October London – Electric Ballroom

8th October Birmingham The Mill

9th October Norwich The Waterfront

11th October Southampton Engine Rooms

12th October Cardiff The Tramshed

13th October Manchester Academy 2





Words by Ged Babey  for Louder Than War

(Opinions expressed not necessarily shared by all members of the LTW team.)

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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


  1. Wonder if there’s a slot free at GB Alternative Festival in Skegness between 4th & 7th October?? Would be a great warm up gig!!!!!

  2. After a quick look into this it’s very hard to say. I read the affidavit and I can’t see why marina would lie on legal documents. From what I know of black flag Greg has always been an arse hat. Maybe just wait for flag to come back to England.


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