Black Flag Enlist Skateboarder As New Singer

Mike Vallely joins band as frontman, taking over for Ron Reyes

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Stuntman and skateboarder Mike Vallely is the new frontman for Black Flag.

This is not at all surprising, seeing as former Black Flag frontman Ron Reyes called that shit when he was fucking shitcanned.

“I would not be surprised if Mike V. becomes the new singer for Black Flag,” said Reyes soon after his dismissal. “It is my opinion that they have been planning this for some time.”

But Mike V. tells Rolling Stone, “Nu uh.”

Vallely managed the 2013 tour, and claims Reyes grew “disgruntled” and “combative” over the course of the reunion.

Vallely claims “the singer didn’t jive with [Greg] Ginn’s goal of progressing the band, rather than celebrating the past, and that Reyes had attempted to quit previously. He says that when he intervened in Australia, he did so mid-set because he thought Reyes was going to ‘act out his grievances’ and quit onstage.”

Says Mike: “I did not threaten him or physically remove him from the stage. I just told him very plainly, very simply, that it was over. And he looked at me and he almost seemed relieved. Then he walked off the stage.”

Ginn offered Vallely the gig soon after Reyes was let go.

“Greg just felt like, ‘I don’t want the Black Flag name to fizzle out with this or be tainted with this record that’s proven to be subpar compared to what the expectations for it were,’” Vallely says. “He told me he made a mistake by working with Ron and trying to pander to a sort of old-school thing. He just thought that I was the guy for the job… I’m not gonna say no to that.”

Vallely also tells Rolling Stone Black Flag has already begun recording new material and expects to begin tour extensively in May.

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