Black Flag Do Worldwide Tour… Well Sort Of!
“You remember the ‘Rise Above: 24 Black Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three’ album that we did last year?” says former Black Flag singer Henry Rollins. “We did some shows at the end of last year with that material and we had a great time playing those songs live and the audience was into it too so we have decided to take it worldwide. We will be doing several dates starting on 1st June. There’s a solid month in America for sure and the dates are being booked at the moment. From there we go to Europe and as it looks now, Australia will be included.
“For the US shows, none other than the man himself, Mr. Keith Morris, the original singer in Black Flag the leader of the Circle Jerks will be joining us. When you hear him sing these songs-whoa. We did an instore appearance last year with Keith starting the set out and when Keith and the boys went into Gimmie Gimmie, I damn nearly wept. Keith did all but one of the shows with us last year and he was amazing.
“So, there’s a ton to be done to pull this off. The first show is in less than three weeks. We will be ready with the music, the boys are amped and ready to hit the rehearsal room. We will be learning songs that are not featured on the record. Last year we were playing ‘Can’t Decide’, ‘Clocked In’ and ‘Don’t Care’ and they sounded great. I have to think we’ll be learning some more songs for the tour.
“All the money we make goes to the West Memphis Three Defence Fund and right now things are at a very interesting place in the case. DNA evidence from the case that the defense never had the budget to test the first time around is now being tested. Now we’re onto something. But, this testing isn’t cheap and that’s where the money is going.
“I need you to show up at the show. I need you to tell a friend. That’s what I need. I need these shows packed out and the house rockin’. From our side of things, I want to make this absolutely clear: We are not going to be casually shuffling through these songs like it’s some oldies show and you’ll be kind of into it because everyone’s hearts were in the right place. We are a trained assault unit. We are going to fuck you up with this music.
Yet whilst the band’s former singers may be going out on the road, Rollins is quick to point out that this is not a proper Black Flag reunion, and it remains unclear if this tour has fromer BF guitarist Greg Ginn and former BF bassist Chuck Dukowski blessing.
“This is not a Black Flag reunion. Greg Ginn and Chuck Dukowski wrote some of the best songs ever and we are hell bent on rendering them as best we can. If we didn’t know for sure that the set was bomb proof, we wouldn’t be out all summer wasting everyone’s time. This is a one time, one time only tour. We’re not looking to cross over to some new audience by playing someone else’s music or cash in on some dubious claim to fame. We didn’t write any of these songs. On this tour, we are a cover band. I should add that when I say cover, I mean you better take cover when we hit stage because we’re not fucking around. I think I have made myself clear on this point.!”