Black Flag will return to the road in May for a new round of North American tour dates, Consequence of Sound reports. 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."
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."
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
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.