Dopo la sconfitta in tribunale contro i FLAG di Keith Morris, e le polemiche relative all'orribile copertina del nuovo album What the..., la reunion dei Black Flag voluta dal leader Greg Ginn inciampa in un altro incidente di percorso, non di poco conto: durante un concerto in Australia tre giorni fa, il cantante Ron Reyes è stato letteralmente "licenziato" sul palco da Ginn, come dichiarato dal frontman in un lungo post apparso su Facebook.
Secondo quanto scritto da Reyes, è stato l'amico e collaboratore di Ginn (nonché skateboarder professionista) Mike Vallely a dargli la notizia sul palco, dicendogli semplicemente "E' finita, la festa è finita, vattene". Reyes ha detto di sentire "un grande sollievo" al pensiero di non fare più parte della reunion, aggiungendo che "un sacco di cose non sono andate bene fin dall'inizio".
Mi sarebbe piaciuto avere un buon batterista, provare i pezzi e passare del tempo su cose come gli attacchi e i finali delle canzoni, essere meno distratto dalla vita in tour e un po' più concentrato. Sapete, cose che avrebbero giustificato l'uso del nome Black Flag… Sì , penso che proprio non ci siamo riusciti e il fatto che i biglietti e l'affluenza del pubblico stiano diminuendo penso che ne siano la prova.
Reyes ha anche confermato di non avere nulla contro l'utilizzo dei brani dei Black Flag da parte dei FLAG: "Fin dall'inizio sono stato contento per loro e li ho sostenuti e ho capito perché volevano suonare quelle canzoni e divertirsi di nuovo con i loro amici e le loro famiglie. E' vero, ho messo in discussione il fatto che potessero utilizzare il nome e il logo dei Black Flag, ma non ho messo in discussione in alcun modo la loro motivazione o il loro diritto di fare quello che volevano", ha dichiarato.
Qui sotto potete leggere la dichiarazione completa di Reyes (via Exclaim):
On November 24th 2013 the last night of the Australian Hits and Pits tour with two songs left in the set Mike V comes on stage stares me down, takes my mic and says “You’re done, party’s over get off it’s over…” He said something else to me but it was a lie so I won’t repeat it here. So with a sense of great relief that it was finally over I left the stage and walked to the hotel room. They finished the set with Mike V on vocals. There is much more that can and perhaps should be said. But for now I will spare you the gory details. The writing was on the wall since before we played our first show. So many things went wrong from the start. I was into things like having a good drummer, rehearsing and spending time on things like beginnings and endings of songs, being a little less distracted with tour life and a little more on the ball. You know things that would make our efforts worthy of the name Black Flag… Yes it is my opinion that we fell very short indeed and the deminihing ticket sales and crowds are a testament to that. However It was made clear to me that raising these issues was tantamount to a blasphemous stab in the back to Greg. How could I question him, his efforts and hard work? How could I dare be a fan of OFF! And or be friends and a fan of Flag? I was told that I had to chose sides. But I refuse to treat someone like an infalable Pope figure. No guitarist deserves such unquestioning blind devotion. And so I have been excommunicated in a very strange fashion. I truly feel sorry for anyone who had to witness the infantile behaviour and the relentless provocation I was subjected to both on and off the stage. I regret that under such fierce provocation and taunting I sometimes responded in maners bellow my standard. I am greatful for the opportunities Greg gave me. There were some magical moments at first. I was naive enough to believe in the promise of potential. But in the end the good was no match for the overwhelming bad. It am proud of my contributions including the new album and it’s cover. Come on folks it’s only rock n roll. I would not be surprised if Mike V becomes the new singer for Black Flag. It is my opinion that they have been planing this for some time. I wish them well. Mike is a true deciple of Greg and so they have a good working relationship. And Ironicly the tension over the last weeks has brought out some of Greg’s best playing. So it could be interesting. I will miss playing with Dave Klien. He is a great kid and truly an outstanding bass player. Dave was an anchor that kept me from losing my place on a nightly basis. Trust me that was no easy task for either of us. I truly apologize for being in or more accurately “appearing” to be in competition with “Flag”. They know my heart on this matter. From the beginning I was happy for them and fully supported and understood why they would want to rock those songs and have a good time with friends and family. Yes I questioned their use of the name and logo but in no way questiond their motivation or right to do their thing. I envy them for they have succeeded in ways that were never possible with “Black Flag”. And once again for the record, I agreed to do Black Flag before I knew there was a Flag. I mean no malice towards Greg or Mike although they will most likely see things very differently. I wish them luck and prosperity. I have learned many valuable lessons this year. And these lessons will enrich my personal and musical endeavours. Cheers. Ron Reyes.
A seguire invece potete ascoltare The Chase, uno dei brani contenuti su What the… Il disco è disponibile su Amazon.
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