80s punk legends Black Flag, who broke up in 1986, will record a brand new album. But which version of the band will it be?
In a remarkable turn of events, two versions of the band announced their reformation on the same day last week.
The original 1979-80 lineup featuring Ron Reyes, Greg Ginn, Gregory Moore and Dale Nixon will take the official Black Flag name, and are scheduled to play at small festivals in the UK, Germany and Tennesse in the US. They're the ones planning to record a new album.
In another incarnation of the band, co-founder Keith Morris will unite Chuck Dukowski, Bill Stevenson and Stephen Egerton of Descendents under the name Flag. Their aim is to "pull from all eras of Black Flag's history." Flag is scheduled for a similar run of festivals in Germany, Belgium and Las Vegas.
The original Black Flag was famous for its frequent lineup changes and wildly varying sound from record to record, so two distinct bands isn't as unusual as it might seem.
However, one major character is missing: Henry Rollins. Rollins is one of the best known members of Black Flag, but it seems he is not taking part in either of the reunions that have been announced, according to NME.
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