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.