FLAG — the Black Flag reunion that features original vocalist Keith Morris, guitarist-singer Dez Cadena, bassist Chuck Dukowski, drummer Bill Stevenson, and Descendents guitarist Stephen Egerton — will bring their version of the Hermosa Beach hardcore band on the road later this year with a tour of North America.
The five-piece have announced a total of 13 dates so far, starting with a May 27 appearance at the Punk Rock Bowling festival in Las Vegas, and ending with a show in Boston on September 20. Between those performances, FLAG will invade Pittsburgh, Detroit (for Metallica's Orion Music + More Festival), Cleveland, Buffalo, Toronto (for North by Northeast), Montebello, Los Angeles (for FYF Fest), Minneapolis, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York.
SPIN recently witnessed FLAG tear through a high-speed set at the Moose Lodge in Redondo Beach, the same venue where Black Flag played its first-ever show in 1979. The band has since shared footage from that homecoming gig, which can be seen below.
The other Black Flag reunion — the one that calls themselves "Black Flag" and that features founding guitarist Greg Ginn, vocalist Ron Reyes, drummer Gregory Moore, and touring bassist Dave Klein — recently took a swipe at their rivals, accusing them of being a cover band that's "mailing it in." Watch FLAG's performance of "My War" and decide for yourself.
FLAG 2013 tour dates:
May 27 - Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling
June 7 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
June 8 - Detroit, MI @ Orion Music + More Festival
June 9 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
June 13 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
June 14 - Toronto, ON @ NXNE Festival
June 15 - Montebello, QC @ Amnesia Rock Fest
August 24 - Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
September 13 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
September 16 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
September 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
September 19 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
September 20 - Boston, MA @ The Paradise