In 1979, Black Flag played their first show at Moose Lodge 1873 in Redondo Beach, California. On April 18th, more than 34 years later, Flag – a group comprised of former members Keith Morris (vocals), Chuck Dukowski (bass), Dez Cadena (guitar/vocals) and Bill Stevenson (drums), with Descendents/All guitarist Stephen Egerton – played the same venue to an invite-only crowd of less than 200 people.
Playing without a stage on a rented P.A., with moose antlers as a backdrop, the quintet opened with "Revenge," which found the dreadlocked singer whispering the opening line, "It's not my imagination," before screaming the follow-up, "I've got a gun at my back." From there, Egerton assaulted his clear Dan Armstrong guitar throughout the punishing B chord intro.
Without a pause, the group dove into "Fix Me" and then "Police Story." Before N.W.A.'s "Fuck tha Police" or Body Count's "Cop Killer," there was "Police Story." Penned by Black Flag founder-guitarist-songwriter Greg Ginn (whose own version of latter-day Black Flag begins a world tour in May), the song is a direct attack on authority thanks to the opening lines, "This fucking city/Is run by pigs/They're taking the rights away from/All the kids." The two-minute song produced a slew of middle fingers as Morris passed the microphone to an already-sweaty crowd.
More pics and story at RollingStone.com.
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