Photo by Rob Wallace

Black Flag. $25 (adv.). 7 p.m. (doors). Tuesday, January 28 @ the Masquerade (Hell) | Buy tickets

Mike Vallely was just 14 years old the first time he saw Black Flag play live. It was October 1984, at City Gardens in Trenton, NJ. The group was in the midst of a particularly creative year that yielded three bedrock West Coast hardcore punk albums—Slip It In, My War, Family Man—and a blistering live tape, Live ’84.

“Henry Rollins was fronting the band then, and seeing them play that show was a life-affirming moment for me,” Vallely says. “It changed my life, but more so, I say it was life-affirming, because it made me feel like, ‘OK, I can continue on my own path. I can do what I want to do in this life… Rollins, as the frontman of the band, really embodied that spirit.”

Continue reading Chad Radford’s August 2019 Flagpole Magazine feature story, “With Mike Vallely on vocals, Black Flag flies again.”

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