There Is Now Two Different Versions Of Cro-Mags Following A Recent Settlement

The lawsuit regarding the Cro-Mags trademark has officially been settled resulting in two versions of the band. Harley Flanagan’s version will continue to be called Cro-Mags, while John Joseph and Mackie Jayson’s version will be called Cro-Mags JM. The change will go into effect on August 1.

Joseph and Jayson commented:

“As all of our loyal fans and supporters know, John Joseph, Mackie Jayson, A.J. Novello and Craig Setari have been performing as the “Cro-Mags” for many years. Due to recent litigation involving Harley Flanagan, John Joseph and Mackie Jayson, we have all agreed that for the benefit of our fans and supporters we want to make sure that everyone knows who it is they are coming out to see.

Therefore we have reached a settlement designed to avoid any further confusion. The lead singer and drummer on Age of Quarrel, John & Mackie, along with A.J. and Craig, going forward will perform under the name CRO-MAGS “JM” which we have a legal right to use. The “JM” stands for John/Mackie. Of course, we need some time to make this change.

There will be a three month transition where our shows may still be advertised as Cro-Mags and Harley will also be performing as Cro-Mags. During this transition period, to confirm which band you want to see, please check on our websites or social media pages. As of August 1, 2019, all shows under the CRO-MAGS “JM” name will feature us, and all shows under the CRO-MAGS name (on its own) will feature Harley.

Thanks for your patience as we wrap this up. Now that this is all said and done, we will be working on a new studio album, while continuing to deliver the live performances our fans have come to know and love over the years. A win/win situation. See you out there on the road.”

Flanagan has also shared a video statement:

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Harley Flanagan Sues Cro-Mags Over Their Name

According to the New York Post, Cro-Mags founder Harley Flanagan is suing the group for allegedly using the name without permission. He claims the band was his idea when it formed it in 1981, and that they are guilty of copyright infringement, due to him apparently trademarking the “Cro-Mag” name for recording in 2010 and for merchandise in 2009 and then again in 2017. The suit goes on to say the other members took over in 2002 when “Flanagan’s first son was about to be born… and Flanagan had to stop touring to help with the baby.” Flanagan was previously arrested in July 2012 after attacking several members of the group with a knife at the CBGB Festival.

Eyehategod & Cro-Mags Announce Spring 2018 Tour

Eyehategod and Cro-Mags have announced a spring tour together. Check out the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

03/15 Houston, TX – White Oak
03/16 Dallas, TX – Trees
03/17 Little Rock, AR – Vinos
03/18 Kansas City, MO – Riot ROom
03/19 Omaha, NE – Royal Grove
03/20 Iowa City, IA – Gabes
03/21 Evansville, IN – Docs
03/22 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
03/23 Lombard, IL – Brauerhouse
03/24 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
03/25 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk
03/26 Cincinnati, OH – Northside
03/27 Johnson City, TN – Hideaway
03/28 Raleigh, NC – Pour House (with Buzzov•en)
03/29 Charlottesville, VA – Champion (with Buzzov•en)
03/30 Atlanta, GA – The Earl (with Buzzov•en)
03/31 Gainesville, FL – The Atlantic
04/01 Margate, FL – O Malley’s