CBGB Festival Responds to Last Night’s Webster Hall Stabbing

Posted on: July 7th, 2012 at 6:29 am by

We were super-stoked to see the Cro-Mags play last night as part of the CBGB Festival, but our excitement quickly morphed to disappointment after VOD performed, when founding bassist Harley Flanagan decided to brandish a knife in the VIP balcony section.

Violence erupted as two people were reportedly stabbed, including bassist bassist Mike “The Gook” Couls. Security and NYPD responded, and we overheard “get his hands, he’s got a knife.” As a result of the melee, the show was canceled. It’s also worth noting that Flanagan is a practitioner of Jiu-Jitsu, which may explain why it took so many burly dudes to subdue him.

Wikipedia was quickly updated in the aftermath, noting that Flanagan “was arrested for stabbing and biting current members of The Cro-Mags backstage at Webster Hall in NYC.” He was charged with assault and criminal weapons possession.

Organizers behind the CBGB Festival responded with the following statement regarding the incident:

We are saddened to learn about the events that occurred last night at Webster Hall. Our primary concern is always the safety and experience of New Yorkers, music fans and the general public. Naturally we will fully cooperate with law enforcement while hoping for the speedy recovery of those injured.

Live music can be incredibly uplifting, empowering and positive. We don’t feel the actions of one person should overshadow four amazing days and nights of events that include today’s historic and unprecedented free concerts in Times Square and Central Park.

-The CBGB Festival

Meanwhile, below is a shot of the stage for the Times Square show later today…

Credit: TH

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  • Avi

    after years of wasting my life away in the “scene”, this is a reaffirming reminder that I made a sound decision to move on with my life and “sell out”. I’ll make sure my child never is exposed to this garbage…what a waste of time, energy,and resources. Youth truly is wasted on the young. The shame is grown men are still acting like adolescents even when they have children of their own.

    • mjD

      you never truly “got it” then…. no one misses you

      • Jules

        But don’t you see? He did get it. He understood it very well and made a choice. He did not want to lead that kind life. I highly doubt that he cares if he was missed.

        • avi

          Well put Jules, thank you.I understood the scene on a level, that unless you were there in the very early eighties you couldn’t possibly understand how painful it was to watch it collapse under the weight of thuggery and meaningless violence.

      • JesseArmstrng

        Are you speaking for the whole “scene”

        • avi

          no Jesse, my post above further illuminates my perspective on the “Scene” …IMHO,The scene was at it’s best when Gorilla Biscuits, Youth Of Today, Token Entry, Rest in Pieces, SIck of it all, Bad Brains,Agnostic Front,Warzone, Early Burn,SuperTouch, early Leeway and the original Cro Mag line up were the norm. It wasn’t until around the late eighties certain bands and their crews started to ruin our scene.

    • avi

      I suppose I should qualify the timeline that i’m referring to( from my limited perspective) from 1982-1989/90 the scene was at it’s best, the morale was amazing. From 1990 onward the “scene” started to change…. for the worse. It got twisted. It went from social critique to critiquing each other, from bashing those that would hold us down to literally bashing one another other. It went from an almost unified revolutionary opposition to society’s conventions and turned into polarized crews……. those crews ruined the idea that we were all equal, in it together.

  • avi

    don’t let me be misconstrued. The scene was populated by a lot of good people back in the day.I’m sure the scene is populated with a majority of good people today. I still love the music, but senseless violence and hoodlums ruined our scene. Unity was trumped by who’s “click ” wouldn’t be “stepped to”. I often think about the lives lost and the potential stifled . Every once in a while I run into one of my “boys” I see them
    with their family and I think back to those close calls we had and the mindless risks that we took. We had fun, but some of us took serious damage. Too many funerals.Too many fractured souls. Peace

    • JesseArmstrng

      This is the same shit that got Sunday Hardcore Matinee shows canceled at CBGBs.

      Harley was recently was blowing crap out his ass a few months ago on Facebook when he was the butt of jokes again. He was bloviating how “my life has changes…. I have kids now… blah, blah, blah” Nothing has changed in 25 years with this punk…. He is still giving up ass at Rikers!

    • NYHC

      A scene comprised mostly of gang members that glorify senseless violence are now ironically outraged that a stabbing occurred!

  • FLANNY

    John Joeseph disrespected Harley! Cro Mags is Harley’s band. Harley came up with the name Cro-Mags and legally owns it. All Harley wanted to do was jam a few songs. John Joeseph refused to allow Harley to play, Mainly because John knew Harley would upstage him. So John disrespected Harley in front of his 2 children who were at the show. The rest is now history. Thanks alot John! Its all over now. John ensured that the original band will never reunite now. We all had hopes that would happen one day. Cro-mags is Harley Flanagan, Parris (Kevin) Mayhew, Mackie and John Joeseph. Any other band using the name is not the real deal.

    • JesseArmstrng

      Harley was and always been a douchebag with the mentality of a 12 year old boy. NOBODY wanted to ever play with Harley again.

      So, let me get this right….”So John disrespected Harley in front of his 2 children who were at the show.” SO THAT MAKES IT OK TO STAB SOMEBODY and bit them like a girl who wants their dick in their mouth.

      “John ensured that the original band will never reunite now. ” No assclown…. Harley did that ALL HIMSELF.

      • former MOS

        Nice guy, he threatened to kick my mothers dog and then her car got keyed.

    • GRevolt

      I dont care what kind of band drama there is. You do not stab people. I cant believe this is even being debated.

      • JesseArmstrng

        You stab people and bite people when you can’t fight like a MAN. Where the fuck did this shite nugget get his black Belt from? Wow, he was sure living the Krishna lifestyle!

    • plagiarist krisna

      I hope those Nike sponsors realize who is the real cro mags. Johns lucrative salary with Nike should very quickly dry up!

  • DP

    Wow.. Harley is a total wackjob! Just from looking at pictures of him, he looks like a narcisistic sociopath.

  • huh?

    Dude…Flanagan…your f***’n 44 years old!! Grow the f*** up already!

  • huh

    Dude..Flanagan….you’re 44…grow up already.

  • Dave

    If u were there in the back stage u would know what really went down
    Yes it was all kid punk ass stuff on all partys parts.all I saw was two badass
    DMS dudes get fucked up buy Harley

  • showin_no_mercy

    won’t show you mercy at all. gonna stab ya, bite ya when yet taking a fall.

  • nyhc?

    harley was jus goin to pull johns wig off while they perform …hippakrishna told him to do it ..hari balls a 50 yr old n a 44 yr old losers tryin to b relevant… fuck cbgs so glad its gone made the les a real shithole ..all the real bands who played there nver came back fuck cbgs!!!!!

  • John and Harley have a lot of history, on each other…I just wish both of them would finally grow up, but once a Cro-mag always a Cro-Mag…. They need to just start fresh, and heal….I hope time will heal all there old wounds, and fresh ones….

  • Ed Ran

    its good to see Harley staying active in the music scene.

    • JB

      I know! … At least Harley came out to the show to give his support! …Most people in a band don’t even go to shows unless their band is playing.

  • aswad

    Well thanks to jimmy g too who incited the whole mess!…. putting crazy ideals in harleys head to fuck up j.j.