Cro-Mags Premiere New Song “From The Grave” Feat. Phil Campbell (Motörhead)

Harley Flanagan’s Cro-Mags have shared the title track of their new EP “From The Grave” (out December 6). The song features Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell and it can be streamed below:

Flanagan commented:

“Lemmy came to me in a dream and said ‘Take it back mate, it’s yours, you started it’ [referring to the band’s name]. I woke up and I knew what had to be done, so I did it. And I figured since Lemmy gave me my marching orders, I should get his guitarist to play on a new track. Phil immediately said yes and that is why it’s called ‘From The Grave,’ and I’m so honored to have him on this song.

I first met Phil when we toured with Motörhead on the Orgasmatron tour. He is one of my favorite guitarists of all time and I still can’t believe I have him playing on one of my songs. Thank you Phil and thank you Lemmy for making this all happen!”

Campbell added:

“It was a great surprise to hear from Harley after so many years. We hung out a lot during the tour in the eighties. When I heard the track he wanted me to do, I just had to do it. Listen for yourselves!”

Concert Review: Misfits, Rancid, The Damned, & Cro-Mags In Oakland, CA

Last night (September 11), I attended The Original Misfits’ show at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA and it was an extraordinary night of legendary punk.

Harley Flanagan’s Cro-Mags opened the show, which they dedicated to the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The short, hard-hitting set was the perfect way to kick things off and those who showed up early were not disappointed. The group played a number of tracks from their catalog, but one of the highlights was “No One’s Victim” off their latest EP “Don’t Give In.”

As soon as Cro-Mags were done, The Damned took the stage for an awesome set. The band sounded great and they were certainly one of the strongest acts of the night. They were also very energetic, especially keyboardist Monty Oxymoron, who kept breaking out in crazy dances. Highlights from their set included “Smash It Up” and “Love Song.”

Once The Damned finished up, it was time for the East Bay’s own Rancid. The band busted right out of the gate with “Roots Radicals” and continued to play hit after hit with several songs from their latest album “Trouble Maker” thrown in for good measure. The band seemed to be having a great time onstage, which is cool to see and they even had a few humorous stories for the fans. One notable one was from guitarist Lars Frederiksen, who said he asked his son if he wanted to celebrate his 12th birthday with his dad’s band and the Misfits, or if he wanted to go see Iron Maiden at the same venue the night prior. He said the kid rejected the offer to see his band almost instantly, saying “Maiden bro!” Aside from that anecdote, other highlights from the group’s set included performances of “Fall Back Down,” “Time Bomb,” and “Ruby Soho.”

After Rancid, the legendary Misfits descended upon the stage to bring Halloween to the crowd 50 days early. The band opened with “Death Comes Reaping,” before launching into “I Turned Into A Martian” and “Vampira.” The nearly 30 song set was amazing and the band sounded absolutely incredible. Despite the years of feuding between Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only, everything went off without a hitch. Danzig’s vocals were as powerful as ever and Only and Doyle’s stage antics were fun to watch. Having a masterful drummer like Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.) and a killer guitarist like Acey Slade (Dope, Murderdolls, etc.) only enhanced the experience as well. Aside from the music and showmanship, the band also had solid stage production with big screens that changed the imagery for each track, cool light displays, big jack-o’-lanterns, etc. As far as highlights go, it was definitely cool to see the group perform tracks like: “Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?,” “Horror Business,” “Hollywood Babylon,” “Skulls,” Where Eagles Dare,” “Last Caress,” “Die, Die My Darling,” and their closer “We Are 138.” All in all, it was phenomenal show full of timeless classics.

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Harley Flanagan’s Cro-Mags Release New EP “Don’t Give In”

Cro-Mags have digitally released a new EP titled “Don’t Give In.” The effort comes with three songs including the title track, “Drag You Under,” and “No One’s Victim.” You can stream those below. A limited edition 7″ vinyl pressing of the effort will also be released on August 2.

Harley Flanagan commented:

“In late 2018 I went into the studio to start working on a new CRO-MAGS album. After recording the first few songs, I got a strange phone call in the middle of the night that turned out to be from Tony Brummel of Victory Records.

I thought it was a prank call; it turned out not to be, and I worked out record deals with Victory and Arising Empire in Europe. One of the many things that make me happy about signing with Victory and Arising Empire is that they are genuinely fans of my music and know the history; they are not just labels trying to make money off us or the genre. I know that I am working with the best team, and the best musicians to launch the next era of CRO-MAGS.”

In other news, Cro-Mags have also booked some European “Best Wishes” 30th anniversary dates:

09/27 Essen, GER – Turock
09/28 Limburg, BEL – Limburg Hardcore Fest
09/29 London, UK – Underworld
09/30 Paris, FRA – Gibus
10/01 Stuttgart, GER – De Keller Klub
10/02 Prague, CZE – Futurum
10/03 Budapest, HUN – Hu Dürer Kert
10/04 Graz, AUT – Explosiv
10/05 Leipzig, GER – Naumanns
10/06 Berlin, GER – Musik & Frieden

The Original Misfits Announce Oakland, CA Concert, Glenn Danzig Says The Band Are “Not Gonna Do Many More” Reunion Shows

The Original Misfits have announced an Oakland, CA show with Rancid, The Damned, and Cro-Mags. The concert will be held at Oracle Arena on September 11. The Misfits’ previous reunion shows have seen Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only performing with Doyle, Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.) and Acey Slade (ex-Murderdolls, etc.).

In other news, Danzig recently told Full Metal Jackie that the Misfits are not planning to do too many more reunion shows [via Loudwire]:

“Well, I don’t tour anymore anyway. Maybe I’ll put together like a week or two shows here on the West Coast, or maybe on the East Coast and that’s it. With the Misfits thing, we just kinda got back together and just decided we’d do it here or there, and just not make it a grind kinda tour. We just want to make each event special. We’re not gonna do many more. I know we just announced Seattle and Denver, but I’m pretty sure there’s not gonna be many more of them.

So people should see it while they can because, I know, next year I go out with Danzig again for Europe and may do some dates here in the States. I gotta do a Danzig Sings Elvis thing – select shows maybe around the country. Those will be more special. There’s no seating. It’s all tables. It’s gonna be a very cool kind of old school vibe. This year I’ve got some time off in between working on the movie, so we decided to do a couple extra shows. Then, that’ll be it I think for a while.”

This news isn’t too surprising considering legal documents recently surfaced and seemed to suggest that the band had a contractual obligation to play 10 shows following a settlement between Danzig and Only. Notably, the Oakland show is their 10th show to be announced. Here’s the group’s remaining dates:

06/29 Los Angeles, CA – Banc Of California Stadium (feat. Rise Against, The Distillers, Anti-Nowhere League, and Cro-Mags)
09/07 Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre (feat. The Distillers, The Damned, and Cro-Mags)
09/11 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena (feat. Rancid, The Damned, and Cro-Mags)
09/14 Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheatre (feat. The Distillers, The Damned, and Cro-Mags)

The Original Misfits Announce Denver & Seattle Shows

The Original Misfits have announced that they will be performing at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Denver, CO on September 7 and at White River Amphitheatre in Seattle, WA on September 14. The Distillers, The Damned, and Cro-Mags will serve as support. The Misfits’ previous reunion shows have seen Danzig, Jerry Only, and Doyle performing with guest musicians Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.) and Acey Slade (ex-Murderdolls, etc.). However, Doyle is not mentioned on the below poster or the poster for the group’s previously announced Los Angeles, CA show. He is also scheduled to perform in Chapel Hill, NC on September 14 with his solo band, so it is unclear if he will be present.

Code Orange, Saves The Day, Gorilla Biscuits, Etc. Set For 2019 This Is Hardcore Fest

The lineup has been revealed for the 2019 This Is Hardcore Fest. The event will take place at the Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia, PA on July 26 – 28 and it will feature the following: Code Orange, Saves The Day, Gorilla Biscuits, OFF!, Cro-Mags, 100 Demons (celebrating 20th anniversary of “In The Eyes Of The Lord” with Bruce Lepage), Agnostic Front (celebrating 25th anniversary of “Victim In Pain“), Breakdown, All Out War, Wisdom In Chains, Death Threat (celebrating 20th anniversary of “Last Dayz“) Harm’s Way, Ecostrike, Old Firm Casuals, Death Before Dishonor, Downpresser, Maximum Penalty, Inclination, Billy Club Sandwich, Regulate, Laid 2 Rest, Into Another, On Broken Wings, Bloodbather, Trail Of Lies, Eyes Of The Lord, Facewreck, Hoods, No Option, Eternal Sleep, Queensway, Spine, Hangman, Regional Justice Center, Kaonashi, Aggressive Dogs, One Step Closer, Gulch, Magnitude, Guillotine, Enemy Mind, Shackled, Section H8, Drain, Fixation, Vatican, Anxious, and Payback.

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: