Legendary punk band Black Flag are reuniting for their first UK gig in 27 years, but without their iconic frontman Henry Rollins.
The news cycle has picked up several long-awaited reunions of late (Eve, The Strokes), and Punk legends Black Flag will now join them in 2013 with two planned tours (though only one of them will hit the states). The only unfortunate part about the Black Flag reunions is that they’re not real reunions per se. Why? Because frontman Henry Rollins isn’t involved in either of them, reports Spin.
Instead, Black Flag’s second vocalist Ron Reyes, who sang for Black Flag from 1979 to 1980, will handle the mic.
Okay, I guess you could make the argument that this is a truer reunion of Black Flag than it would be with Henry Rollins. However, Rollins was the group’s longest-lasting singer, and many people popularly associate Black Flag with his name (since he has gone on to the most success since the break-up). Maybe it’s a Van Halen/Van Hagar argument, but I think Rollins’ absence is going to disappoint more than Reyes’ absence would.
In any case, Black Flag announced their intention to reunite Friday, for a performance at British rock event Hevy Fest in August 2013, reports MSN.
A post on the festival’s website states, “Celebrating our fifth year this summer, we have been working on some very special appearances for 2013 to mark the occasion — the first of which we can reveal today… Black Flag, Greg Ginn’s iconic band fronted by Ron Reyes to make their only U.K. appearance of 2013 at Hevy!”
What do you think? Would you see Black Flag without Henry Rollins?