Black Flag brings the punk
Black Flag could provide a whole history of punk rock and hardcore just via the musicians who’ve passed through the band’s lineup. The band, founded in 1976 by guitarist and songwriter Greg Ginn (who’s also the only continuous member), has at different times included Henry Rollins, Keith Morris, Dez Cadena, Chuck Biscuits and more, and Black Flag members have come from or gone on to play in groups like Circle Jerks, D.O.A., Danzig, Misfits, Rollins Band, Descendents and Social Distortion. Although Black Flag's own history is a bit sporadic and disjointed, the Southern California band has been a major influence in the development of punk, hardcore and hard rock in general for four decades.
Black Flag went through a rotating cast of vocalists during the band’s early years, before Rollins emerged as the most prominent and consistent, fronting the band during its contentious commercial peak in the early 1980s. Following the band’s initial dissolution in 1986, various members have reunited in various configurations, with Ginn holding down any official Black Flag lineups. The current Black Flag tour features Ginn alongside vocalist Mike Vallely, the latest incarnation of a band that never stops reinventing itself.
House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, 7 p.m. Aug. 30, $20 plus tax and fee, 18+. 702.632.7600