Former member of Cro-Mags stabs current members on stage during show


The Cro-Mags circa mid '80s (from left): Parris Mitchell Mayhew, John Joseph, and Harley Flanagan
In your “holy fuck!” news for the day, NYC crossover thrash band Cro-Mags has had several current members of the band stabbed and bitten while playing a show.  The crazy part is that it was by the founding member and bass player Harley Flanagan, who was no longer in the band.  Reportedly their has always been a pretty crazy history between the original members of the band, so this isn’t really a huge shock.  Harley did stab the two newest members of the band though.  You can find a break down of some of their fights over here.
To read quotes from a witness and the official statement from the band you can clickhere.The website Bowery Boogie featured the following quotes from a witness to the incident:
“We were watching the hardcore show at Webster Hall – featuring Sick of it All, Cro-Mags, and VOD – when all hell broke loose upstairs. Harley Flanagan, founding member of the Cro-Mags stumbled into the VIP lounge with a knife. Security mobilized in a hot minute and beat the shit out of him. It took no less than six beefy dudes to control the madness. Blood was everywhere, and bone protruded from his shin.
“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.”
The band has released the following statement regarding the incident:
“WE… as a band are truly sorry for the way it all turned out in every regard even the ex-member who’s family is now effected by his choices. Our prayers go out to them as well as Mike C., and the others who were hurt, but it was ‘his’ choice to come to our concert with a hunting knife, standing by our dressing door. Who knows what his actual intent was, obviously he wasn’t there with it to cut bread for a peace offering as he was heard saying outside he was putting an end to us playing without him. Let’s move on now & stop the trash-talking. Keep that PMA – that’s what we are all about. “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.”

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