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Black Flag announce 2014 U.S. tour dates, with new singer Mike Vallely

    Black Flag will return to the road in May for a new round of North American tour dates. Menacingly entitled the “Victimology Tour”, the 31-date jaunt will be the band’s first to feature new vocalist Mike Vallely, who officially joined the band back in January. Supporting the hardcore icons will be New York punk duo Cinema Cinema and HOR, the electro-psych side project of guitarist/founder Greg Ginn.

    “Mike is the perfect frontman to capture what Black Flag was, is and will be,” Ginn said in a press release. Added Vallely, “I’m excited about performing songs from the entire Black Flag catalog. I feel confident in my ability to communicate the songs — To give them their due respect and yet still make them my own. Ginn’s songwriting is truly timeless and it gives all of the material relevance right here, right now.”

    If you’re keeping track, Vallely is the band’s fifth vocalist in its 38-plus-year career. More readily known as a professional skateboarder, Vallely’s stint as frontman unofficially begin back in November, when he came on stage during a show in Australia, took the mic from Ron Reyes, and told him, “You’re done, party’s over, get off it’s over.”

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    Reyes resigned shortly thereafter, drafting a lengthy open letter that detailed Ginn and Co.’s abuse and unprofessional behavior. Vallely responded in a Rolling Stone article, calling Reyes “combative” and “disgruntled”, adding that he bum-rushed Reyes to prevent him from quitting on-stage and tarnishing the band’s reunion.

    Hoping to rebound from the fallout, and the lackluster reception of their comeback record What The…, Black Flag apologized for “falling short in 2013” (blaming the fallout of Ginn and Reyes), and pledging a return to greatness in 2014. A week later, bassist Dave Klein departed, returning to his old band They Stay Dead.

    Black Flag 2014 Tour Dates:
    05/16 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
    05/17 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Pubrock
    05/18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe
    05/19 – Bakersfield, CA @ On The Rocks
    05/20 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
    05/21 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
    05/22 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
    05/23 – Oakland, CA @ New Parrish
    05/24 – Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor
    05/27 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
    05/28 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
    05/29 – Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theater Pub
    05/30 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
    05/31 – Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
    06/11 – Dallas, TX @ Elm Street Festival
    06/13 – Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
    06/14 – Omaha, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
    06/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
    06/16 – Madison, WI @ Majestic
    06/17 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies
    06/18 – Lansing, MI @ The Avenue
    06/19 – Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo
    06/20 – Montebello, QC @ Amnesia Rockfest
    06/21 – Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts
    06/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Europa
    06/23 – Long Branch, NJ @ Brighton Bar
    06/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    06/25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
    06/26 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House
    06/27 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
    06/28 – Hot Springs, AR @ Maxine’s

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    In addition to the tour, the band are recording a new LP. For a preview of the new Black Flag, check out a performance of “Good For You” featuring Vallely from last June. He previously played with the band during a 2003 benefit show at the Hollywood Palladium.

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