Set to take place tonight in New York City at Webster Hall, the first ever CBGB’s Fest was called off, due to Harley Flanagan (formerly of the Cro-Mags) assaulting a current member of the Cro-Mags.  The festival was scheduled to have performances by Vision of Disorder, the Cro-Mags, and Sick of it All and designed to celebrate the glory days of hardcore, which centered around the famed CBGB’s club.


Reports from the scene are just now coming out, but initially the incident was described as Harley Flanagan entering the VIP room of Webster Hall and stabbing a man in the chest, who was later identified as Cro-Mags bassist Mike Couls (formerly of Sworn Enemy and Cold As Life).  Following the incident, concert security put at end to the assault and escorted Flanagan from the premises.  Now that the situation has settled, boweryboogie.com is reporting, with pictures, that Harley Flanagan has been arrested and suffered a compound fracture in his shin.  Additionally, gluehc.com has updated the story, confirming that one victim was “slashed” and another “bitten.”


An initial statement from the scene reads as follows:


“Cops quickly appeared and took him away in cuffs. Not before he had already stabbed some dude in the chest (said victim left the scene with a bandage over the wound). Because of the violence the rest of the show was canceled. The remaining bands promised to reschedule the show. To be fair, Webster Hall security contained the situation professionally. Lots of drunken, pissed off hardcore fans were on edge after the cops shut down the show, but the scene was cleared without further incident.”


Flanagan was a founding member of the NYHC legends the Cro-Mags, and was a member until 1993, later rejoining in the revamped version from 1999 to 2002.  Currently, the Cro-Mags exists under the name “Cro-Mags Jam” with original members John Joseph on vocals and Mackie Jayson on drums.  In their time apart, Flanagan and Joseph have exchanged harsh words regarding their friendship and drama within the band, with Joseph eventually ignoring Flanagan’s attempts to reach out in an effort to ‘do the right thing’ and reform the original version of the band.  Almost all of Flanagan’s comments towards the band, and Joseph specifically, were posted on his Facebook page, often referring to the current line-up as the ‘Feaux-Mags.’



Reports from the New York Daily News have stated that both victims of Flanagan’s assault are current Cro-Mags members (but did not list names) and described their injuries as “a bite mark and a cut to the face” as well as “cuts to his arm and stomach.”  In the altercation with concert security, Flanagan suffered a broken leg and was taken to an area hospital for treatment, and now apparently faces two charges of second-degree assault as well as weapons charges.  Second-degree assault is listed as a ‘D Felony’ according to New York law, and depending on the suspect’s criminal history can be met with a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.


As previously stated, this incident forced the event to be cancelled, with band members promising to make the show up in the near future.  Despite the jeers and disapproval from the crowd, the concert venue was cleared and no other incidents were reported.


Youtube videos of the aftermath can be viewed below, as well as a news report from New York Music News.  “You can all thank Harley Flanagan for ruining the night for everyone,” says Cro-Mags singer John Joseph.


Clip from the stage.  Clip from the crowd.  New York Music News.

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