Cro-Mags Singer Warned of Threats Prior to CBGB Webster Hall Show

Posted on: July 8th, 2012 at 2:07 pm by

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Two days after the incident, three of the area newspapers converged in their coverage of the Cro-Mags knifing incident at Webster Hall Friday evening. Harley Flanagan was charged with second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Seeing the subsequent beatdown with our own eyes, it’s nice to obtain more of the complete picture behind the band politics animosity.

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First, Colin Moynihan of the New York Times penned the following, and was gracious enough to quote Bowery Boogie:

“This dude has been a negative thorn in the side of this band forever,” Mr. Joseph [lead singer] said. “I hope he gets what’s coming to him.”

Few bands were as energetic as the Cro-Mags during the heyday of the Lower East Side hard-core scene in the mid- to late 1980s. Their first record, “The Age of Quarrel,” featured an illustration of a mushroom cloud on the cover and driving songs with shouted lyrics about existential fear and the limits of anarchism.

The crowd was waiting for the Cro-Mags on Friday night when Mr. Flanagan darted from the dressing room while yelling something that onlookers could not make out, according to a spectator, Elie Perler.

At almost the same time, Mr. Perler, the co-creator of the Bowery Boogie blog, said security guards yelled, “Get his hands,” and “He has a knife,” as they converged on him. “It took all of those huge guys; he was squirming and flailing,” he said.

The New York Post digs even deeper:

Both men floated in and out of the band over the years — and spent most that time fighting.

To the Cro-Mags, Joseph claims, Flanagan is nothing more than a thief who’s stolen “tens of thousands of dollars” from the band and an agitator who causes problems wherever he went.

At Webster Hall on Friday, Joseph anticipated Flanagan’s arrival because his former bandmate had been posting threats on Facebook.

Joseph warned CBGB Festival organizers that Flanagan wasn’t wanted, but he wound up obtaining a press pass. Flanagan snuck up to their dressing room and was spotted by Joseph’s girlfriend next to the door right before the band’s set at 8:15 pm. Joseph’s nephew ran to get security — but the bassist had already slashed and sunk his teeth into his victims.

And from the Daily News:

He first lunged at one of the men and slashed him twice in the side, the sources said. As the second victim tried to break up the fight, Flanagan bit him and slashed him near his right eye.

Flanagan then turned back to the first victim and cut him again in the right arm and bit him in the left forearm. Both men were taken to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Flanagan, who played bass with the band, was charged with second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon, cops said. A 4- to 5-inch knife was recovered at the scene.

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