never was an album title so apt
never was an album title so apt

never was an album title so apt
never was an album title so apt

The highly influential New York hardcore band whose key album was ironically called ‘The Age Of Quarrel’ have had the bust up to end all bust ups.

The Cro-Mags, who came from a tough background but became vegan, yoga, Hare Krishnas have one of the most fractious relationships in punk and hardcore. A fractious relationship which has just been racked up a new level when former bassist from the band Harley Flanagan attacked two of the group’s current members with a hunting knife in a dressing room before a show at Webster Hall in New York City biting one and slashing both.

As the band were due to take the stage, Flanagan barreled through the East Village venue’s VIP section toward the Cro-Mags’ dressing room, sending nearly 30 guests on the balcony into a frenzy, law enforcement sources and witnesses said.
“Someone was yelling, ”ËœGet his hands, get his hands, he’s got a knife!’ ” witness Dave Gustav said. “Everything went nuts.”

It took several beefy security guards to contain Flanagan, who seemed about to boil over before he entered the East Village venue.
“I talked to him outside minutes before it happened and I knew something was going to go down,” a witness said, according to the Horns Up Rocks website. “He was like a lunatic outside. Next thing I know he’s in the VIP area stabbing people!”

Flanagan, the band’s former bassist and founder, suffered a broken leg by the time security finally pinned him down, witnesses said. Cops handcuffed him to a chair and took him out.

“People started booing him and throwing stuff at him,” eyewitness Justin Brannan said. “His hands were handcuffed but he still gave everyone the finger.”

William Berario, 45, was slashed above the eye and bitten on his cheek. Michael Couls, 33, ”” the band’s current bassist, who is known in the hardcore world as “The Gook” ”” was cut on his arm and stomach.

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  1. Poor Harley. I’ve met him a few times, and even saw the ‘Mags first ever UK gig at the sorely missed Hammersmith Clarendon back in ’87; always seemed a nice guy albeit quite edgy, but the long running Cro-Mags; No-Mags feud has always been bubbling under the surface and maybe he just snapped (he’s dealing with other personal demons at the moment too, and his FB posts over recent days have been somewhat intense.

    I’ve seen photos of him being wheeled out with his leg bandaged up after the event and he’s wild. Shame.

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