Saturday, March 5, 2011

Black Flag memories and those classic fliers

One of many killer gigs: fourth one down (Cat/Andy collection)
By Andy

* Black Flag/Adolescents/DOA/Minutemen, June 19, 1981, Santa Monica Civic

Tall boys of Budweiser in the parking lot: check.
Minutemen shredding their punk/funk to a mostly unappreciative crowd (I and many others dug them, though): check.
DOA killing it and bassist Randy Rampage chucking his bass against the back wall either out of excitement or because the thing broke: check.
Pat Smear of the Germs joining the Ads on second guitar and helping them blast through "Amoeba" and all the other classics: check.
And, finally, watching Flag from side stage and seeing Chuck Dukowski working his bass to the hilt in that he slipped on the stage, and singer Dez Cadena barking out lyrics and throwing a mike stand into the crowd: check, check, check! Awesome gig. 

* Black Flag/45 Grave/DOA/Descendents/Husker Du/UXB, July 17, 1982, Olympic Auditorium (LA)

Most people who see this flier framed in our house always ask if this lineup was too good to be true. Agreed upon. The only thing I can say about this one is that every band was on fire and it all went by in such a blur that I wished I could have stopped time and revisited this one. A classic.

* Black Flag/Fear/Stains/Youth Gone Mad/Caustic Cause, Sept. 11, 1981, Devonshire Downs (Northridge)

Highlights of this jaunt to the airplane hangar in Northridge: 
Someone heckling singer Rudy from the Stains, who jumped in the crowd and got in a brawl with the yelling dude.
Watching Henry wrap the microphone cord around his neck like a hangman's noose during the long, droning, wonderful "Damaged I."

* Black Flag/Redd Kross/Descendents/Husker Du/St. Vitus, Jan. 14, 1983, Mi Casita (Torrance)

Notice that Husker Du is still near the bottom of the bill here with the Descendents just above. You know where both these bands would soon be headed. Anyways, my brother, Ed, and I got in the van with the Huskers for this one and were treated to a killer Black Flag soundcheck to kick off the evening. St. Vitus brought out the inner metalhead in me, the Huskers leveled the small gathering crowd, the Descendents blazed with their two-guitar attack and Milo's energetic performance, Redd Kross rocked and rolled, and who could forget Henry wearing short shorts and revving up the crowd with "Rise Above" and many others? A wild one.

* Black Flag/DOA/Wasted Youth/Descendents, Nov. 27, 1983, flier says SIR, but it was relocated to the Ukranian Cultural Center (Hollywood)

DOA and the Descendents again with the mighty Flag. Ray Cooper sang for the 'Dents on this evening and did a fine job filling Milo's shoes. During Flag's set, Henry got up close and personal with a fella in front and lunged at the guy with teeth bared and went for his nose. The folks in the slam pit blasted into the area at that moment, so I never saw the conclusion of that meeting. Intense.

* Black Flag/Ramones, Nov. 17, 1984, Hollywood Palladium

This one is mine (Carrie): After seeing Henry flip sweat off his then long locks and seeing the Ramones rock out (like only the Ramones could), my friend and I came out of the Palladium to a row of riot-geared-up cops blocking the street and helicopters circling.  They apparently had it in their heads that there was going to be trouble when, of course, they were the ones that caused all the ruckus.  We high tailed it out of there when we saw the police beating someone with batons and someone else taking photos, they then turned to the photographer and started whacking. I had heard an interview with Joey Ramone years later and he said that this was one of his most memorable shows -- it was definitely so for me.

*Final note: We've given away some doubles of these fliers in our collection to various folks (including Tony Pence from Deep Sleep, who framed and hung some in his Celebrated Summer record store in Maryland), but we're keeping everything from here on out. Enjoy this blast from the past.

1 comment:

  1. The Olympic show was indeed a blur for the most part. All the bands were amazing and catching Husker Du at their zenith (IMHO) was great. I was a little distraught by 45 Grave's rockstar shenanigans (too young to appreciate the joke). I remember the crowd (including myself) being turned off by BF's long hair which spurred the Rollins comment "Black Flag is like cancer and cancer don't go away."