Greg Ginn's Black Flag have announced tour dates across the United States, Europe and Japan.
I caught one of singer Ron Reyes' last shows with Black Flag when they played Brewster's in Jacksonville back in 2013. Current vocalist Mike Vallely's band, Good for You (also with Ginn on guitar), was the opener. It wasn't long after that Vallely would step in to fill Reyes' role. Ginn has since caught a decent amount of shit from the original Black Flag cadre due to his "theremin experiments", but I have a thing for theremins, so I enjoyed the f*# out of it. It ain't your pappy's Black Flag, but worth a look. And in case you didn't know, Mike Vallely is pretty legendary in the skateboard community.
Vallely recently posted on the band's Facebook page.
"I met Greg Ginn in 2003. The band that I was in at the time with Jason Hampton (Mike V & The Rats) was booked to open a series of shows with Greg. Black Flag was the direct inspiration behind Mike V & The Rats, and as fans, we were just so stoked and honored for the opportunity to play with Greg. Over the course of those shows, we formed a friendship with Greg which led to Mike V & The Rats being offered to open the Black Flag Reunion Shows at the Hollywood Palladium in 2003,and to me doing a Guest Vocal spot, performing the My War record from cover to cover. It was such an exciting unfolding of events.
After the reunion shows, Greg and I stayed in touch, and at some point in the mid-2000s, we discussed the idea of working on music with each other. In early 2012 things started to line up and Greg and I began writing songs. We ended up writing over 40 songs together and even discussed relaunching Black Flag at that time, but instead, we opted to start a new band which we called Good For You. So, when Greg asked me to sing for Black Flag in 2014, at that point I didn’t think of it in terms of being a fan (although I was and am), it was more so about friendship, and I was happy to do it.
We had a good run in 2014, playing some 60 shows in the US and Canada. This year we have decided to get back on the road and to even more places as we have already announced many dates in the US, UK, Japan, and France with many more show announcements coming soon. I’m excited about getting back inside the songs, and I feel like I’m in the best place in my life to do so. As a vocalist, I think it’s important to present the songs sincerely, to express them completely — every nuance of them, and to truly live them in the moment that you perform them. I feel good about being able to do that. It’s a very substantial catalog of timeless songs, and a lot of great vocalists have sung these songs before me, and that both inspires and encourages me. I’m truly happy for the opportunity to be able to perform this music, and I look forward to seeing you all up the road! Much Love!"
Black Flag — 2019 Tour Dates
APR 06-07 Dana Point, CA Sabroso Festival
APR 27 Salt Lake City, UT Utah State Fair
APR 28 Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
AUG 03 France Sylak Open Air Festival
AUG 07 New Orleans, LA Howlin’ Wolf
AUG 08 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club
AUG 09 Lexington, KY Manchester Music Hall
AUG 11 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater
AUG 13 Norfolk, VA The Norva
AUG 18 Buffalo, NY Tralf
AUG 20 Detroit, MI Harpo’s Concert Theatre
AUG 26 Kansas City, MO CROSSROADS KC
AUG 27 Lincoln, NE The Royal Grove
SEP 01 Reno, NV Jub Jub’s
SEP 03 Seattle, WA Neptune Theatre
SEP 06 Sacramento, CA Ace Of Spades
SEP 12 Austin, TX Come and Take It Live
SEP 13 San Antonio, TX Paper Tiger
SEP 14 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
OCT 07 Camden, London, UNITED KINGDOM The Electric Ballroom
OCT 08 Birmingham, United Kingdom The Mill, Digbeth
OCT 09 Norwich, United Kingdom The Waterfront
OCT 11 Southampton, United Kingdom Engine Rooms
OCT 12 Cardiff, United Kingdom Tramshed
OCT 13 Manchester, United Kingdom Manchester University Students Union
OCT 26 Houston, TX The Ballroom at Warehouse Live
NOV 01 Tokyo Kichijoji Club Seata
NoV 03 Tokyo Akabane ReNY alpha
NOV 04 Hyogo Kobe Harbor Studio