Black Flag bassist Dave Klein quits band

The punk group have a new frontman and are recording new material

Black Flag bassist Dave Klein quits band
Black Flag bassist Dave Klein has announced that he is leaving the band.

Referring to last week's announcement that the group has a new frontman, Mike Vallely, Klien wrote on Facebook that he is no longer playing with the band before linking to an article in Dying Scene that said he would be returning to punk band They Stay Dead.

Black Flag's ousted former singer Ron Reyes was the first to comment on the post, writing, "God help their poor new bass player if they didn't have the heart to go through with their plans to turf that old drummer." Reyes had previously complained about drummer Gregory Moore on another post on Facebook, in which he also detailed how he was fired onstage in Australia.

Reyes, who originally joined Black Flag in 1979, reunited with guitarist and founding member Greg Ginn last year and released 'What The…', the group's first new material since 1985's 'In My Head'.

Reyes was then subsequently fired last year (2013) during a November performance in Australia when the band's now frontman Mike Vallely – who sang with Black Flag at a 2003 reunion show – took the microphone away from Heyes and asked him to leave.

"With two songs left in the set Mike V comes onstage, stares me down, takes my mic and says, 'You're done, party's over, get off, it's over...'," Reyes wrote in the Facebook post.

Last month, Vallely offered his take on the incident. Speaking to Rolling Stone on behalf of Ginn and Black Flag, he said that Reyes was becoming "disgruntled" and "combative" over the course of the reunion and he intervened to prevent Reyes from quitting onstage. I did not threaten him or physically remove him from the stage," he said. "I just told him very plainly, very simply, that it was over. And he looked at me and he almost seemed relieved. Then he walked off the stage."

On the band's future, Vallely said: "We feel that, generally, the band fell short in 2013 because of a difference in the philosophies of Ron and Greg – it just led to dysfunction… [Black Flag] can be a stronger, more cohesive, tighter band. We want to prove that." Vallely also confirmed that he was now officially Black Flag's frontman, making him the fifth person to occupy the role. He said that the band are planning a "pretty extensive" tour which is likely to begin in May.

A separate band, Flag, consists of other original co-founders, singer Keith Morris and bassist Chuck Dukowski, as well drummer Bill Stevenson and Stephen Egerton of Descendents. Black Flag is now Ginn plus drummer Gregory Moore and Mike Vallely.

Read More On This Artist

More News
Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith cover The Rolling Stones - watch
Foo Fighters announce January 2015 live dates
Johnny Flynn stars in new trailer for Channel 4 sitcom 'Scrotal Recall' - watch
Bishop Nehru and Doom preview NehruvianDOOM album with new track 'Caskets' – listen
Matt Bellamy hints at World War 3 theme and guitar solos for new Muse album
SBTRKT previews new album 'Wonder Where We Land' at iTunes Festival in London
Iceage reveal new song 'How Many' - listen
Trent Reznor previews 'Gone Girl' soundtrack ahead of cinema release
Members of Arcade Fire, The Strokes and Bon Iver form Pop All Star Band supergroup
Lil Wayne and Drake hit the road in 'Grindin' video - watch
SBTRKT streams new song 'The Light' featuring Denai Moore - listen
George Ezra covers Cyndi Lauper's 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' - watch
Foo Fighters pay tribute to late Gwar frontman Oderus Urungus at crowdfunded gig
James Blake unveils new song on BBC Radio 1 show
David Bowie to release new album 'soon', says producer Tony Visconti
Six Iranians sentenced to prison and lashings for dancing to Pharrell's 'Happy' in...
All We Are announce January 2015 release date for debut album – hear first song now
Yorkshire artists cover Gang Of Four's 'Entertainment!' in special Cassette Store...
Guildford venue The Boileroom saved from closure
Richard Hawley to reissue first three albums on vinyl
Johnny Marr reveals new single 'The Trap'
Flying Lotus reveals new song 'Coronus, The Terminator' – listen

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today