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Punk Rock Bowling 2019 Lineup Announced (Rancid, Descendents and a Crap-Ton More)

We’re six months out from the 2019 installment of Punk Rock Bowling, so you know what that means…it’s lineup announcement time!

As you can see from the epic poster above, the festival, now in its 21st year, takes place in Las Vegas next Memorial Day weekend (May 24 – 27th). The lineup is as strong as ever, with headline performances from Rancid, Descendents and The Specials and it seems to me that it’s a deeper lineup this year with a heavier nod toward the classics than the early announcements of the last couple of years. There also don’t seem to be many – if any – repeats from last year at first glance, meaning it’ll be a totally new experience with a seemingly endless run of bands young and old, big and small (shoutout to my pals in Street Dogs and Louise Distras for getting the call to go back and for local buds Radiator Rattlers for getting their first crack at the PRB goodness). Head here for full ticket info, and start saving your pennies!



Punk Rock Bowling Festival Vegas: Day One – FLAG, The Exploited, Subhumans, The Bronx, Youth Brigade, NO!SE, JFA

Saturday, or Day One as its known, began with a phone call from DyingScene head honcho Mr. Buck reminding me of my bowling requirement, and my near miss of the shuttle to the alleys. Punk Rock Bowling was officially underway, and I was already tired – how does that happen. Bowling every year is a moment of pure embarrassment for the Dying Scenesters, who historically never make it past the first round. This year, with the addition of a new bowler, the team did relatively well, and even moved on to the second round – something we didn’t figure out until Monday night. The shuttle ride back to the Golden Nugget is always the highlight of the bowling adventures, as the tiredness has dissipated making way for drunken (and sometimes drug fueled) debauchery. The shuttle driver had the radio on and Styx’s classic “Come Sail Away” started playing and, for a bunch of punks, we all started singing like a scene out of Wayne’s World – it was quite the moment and the mood was set for a day in the sun, with the main stage festival commencing momentarily.

The main stage began not only on time, but a few minutes early and I had missed the first three songs of JFA. Bowling and other preparatory duties prevented the DyingScene crew from getting to the festival earlier, but once arrived it was game time. I’m shite at these show reviews, especially when there’s seven bands to go through. Let the photos do the talking. Despite approaching AARP eligibility, JFA still rocks with tireless energy, and frontman Brian Brannon bounces around stage, often involving fans in the vocal duties. I feel like the band should have played a little later in the day, or weekend, but the band killed their set despite the thin, still growing crowd.

After a little liquid refreshment I was back in the photo pit for NO!SE. The Seattle street punk band has gained quite the following over the years and it’s no doubt why – the guys rock. Great stage presence, ripping guitar and classic vocals are the recipe for success and these guys nailed it.

The beloved Stern brothers with the help of John Carey and Joey Garibaldi (aka Joey Balls) took to the stage next for Youth Brigade. Despite what has been said about the brothers, the guys still rock and their music transcends any politics. I just wish bands would wait to play my favorite songs until later in the set, as it is very difficult to jam out to “Modest Proposal” and photograph at the same time. Watching Joey Balls perform though is a beautiful sight to see – not only is the guy super nice and friendly, but he plays one of the most wickedest bass I’ve seen lately.

The Bronx is one of those bands that has kind of slipped through the cracks for me, although I have been a big fan of their alter-ego Mariachi el Bronx. The guys played a great set although I couldn’t recall any highlights from the performance.

Out of all the bands on the main stage bill, Subhumans was the one I was most excited to see – and also the band I’ve seen the most times. They never get old – literally – I don’t know how Dick Lucas is still alive, and as spry as he is. Another band that performed one of my favorites too early. As “No” came on for their second song, I put the camera down and began to sing along – that song is just soo good. Other standouts were of course “Work-Rest-Play-Die” and the obligatory finale “Religious Wars”. I am very thankful for the handful of very talented and honest photographers I have been able to work alongside, as they allow me to drop my gear for a bit and dance around like times past. Big thanks to Anthony Constantine of PunksInVegas for that one.

I remember seeing The Exploited for the first time years ago at Rebellion in England and thinking, wow – I just saw the fucking Exploited. Crazy. I was equally excited this time around, and although details of their set are a bit hazy, the cuts and bruises were testament to my enjoyment.

FLAG is a band that is a must see, if only for the show that you’ll be treated to. With the legendary Keith Morris manning vocals and Chuck Dukowski’s relentless energy, the band still knows how to rock it after all these years.

Have a look at all the photos from day one below, and stay tuned for more photos in the following days.



Keith Morris announces release date for autobiography

Two years ago, punk legend Keith Morris announced he would be releasing an autobiography titled My Damage: 40 Years on The Front Lines of Punk in the fall of 2016.

In a recent interview with the Detroit Metro Times, Morris revealed that the book’s title has been changed to My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor, and it will hit store shelves on August 30th, 2016.

As announced back in 2014, the book is co-authored by Jim Ruland, an award-winning author and columnist for outlets like the Los Angeles Times, Razorcake, and San Diego CityBeat.

Head over to Amazon to pre-order My Damage.



FLAG announce summer US tour dates

Punk supergroup FLAG have announced some US tour dates that will take place this summer. They will be joined on select dates by DOA, Off With Their Heads, War On Women, and The Dirty Nil.

Check out all the dates and locations below.



Punk Rock Bowling expands into Denver, CO

Late last year, it was announced that Punk Rock Bowling would be expanding outside of Las Vegas for the first time in the festival’s history. In addition to taking place in Sin City from May 26-30, June 10-12 would see PRB East taking over Asbury Park, New Jersey in 2016.

Now it has been revealed Punk Rock Bowling will be branching out even further than Jersey, with another handful of dates announced in Denver, Colorado. The initial lineup for these dates includes Millencollin, FLAG, 88 Fingers Louie, D.O.A., Buzzcocks, Anti-Nowhere League, Youth Brigade, The Briefs, and more.

Here’s what festival organizers had to say about the Denver, Colorado stop, which will take place at Summit Music Hall on June 2-4:

“Punk Rock Bowling was started back in 1999 as a way to bring the independent music community together for an annual party in Las Vegas, Nevada. That’s why it was an easy decision for Soda Jerk Presents to partner with Punk Rock Bowling to bring this incredible punk festival to Denver. Wanting to focus on creating a festival with sustainable growth and an intimate feel, it was decided to keep the festival indoors for the first year.”

3-day passes for PRB’s Denver dates are available here for the extremely reasonable price of $60. We’ll keep you posted as more bands are announced.



Lineups for the Festival Stages at the 18th Annual Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival

Punk Rock Bowling has announced the festival stage lineups for the 18th Annual Punk Rock Bowling Tournament and Music Festival to take place in Las Vegas, NV from May 26-30 and the inaugural debut of PRB East, taking place in Asbury Park, NJ from June 10-12, 2016.

More announcements, including Club Show lineups and other events, will be coming soon. In the meantime check out the schedules and lineups for the main stages below and head to the festival’s website for the latest updates and news around the festival.

Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival was started back in 1999 by brothers Shawn and Mark Stern, owners of the long standing independent record label BYO Records, as a way to bring the independent music community together for an annual party. It has since grown into a 5-day festival in downtown Las Vegas that brings out fans and bands alike from all over the world. 3 days of outdoor festivals, 5 Nights of Club Shows, a 2-day bowling tournament, Hotel Pool Parties, a Punk Rock Poker tournament, movie screenings and comedy shows to boot, all wrapped up into one amazing weekend in the city that never sleeps. And now, we welcome our fans, friends and family to our first trip east, to Asbury Park as well, in 2016.



Punk Rock Bowling announces first round of bands & PRB East

If you’ve been jonesing for some news on Punk Rock Bowling, you’re in luck! The first round of bands playing next year’s edition of the iconic punk festival has just been announced, and the list includes names like Descendents, Cock Sparrer, Flogging Molly, FLAG, and Dag Nasty.

All of the currently announced bands can be seen below.

It has also been announced that PRB will be expanding outside of Las Vegas for the first time ever in 2016. In addition to taking place in Sin City from May 26-30, June 10-12 will see Punk Rock Bowling East taking over Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Here’s what festival co-founder Mark Stern had to say about the expansion:

“To finally bring our festival to Asbury Park, is a dream we’ve been talking about for years. What better place on the east coast is there for our fans who have wanted to experience our world of bowling, punk rock, and a gathering of our closest friends.”

We’ll keep you posted as more bands are added to the lineup for Punk Rock Bowling 2016.



FLAG announce European tour for Summer 2016

Punk supergroup FLAG have announced a set of European tour dates for Summer 2016. You can check out the full list of dates and locations below. More info to come on venues and ticket sales.



Rebellion Festival adds FLAG, Descendents, Cock Sparrer and more to 2016 line-up

Rebellion Festival will take place in Blackpool, UK August 4th-7th, 2016.

They have announced that their line-up will include FLAG, Descendents, Cock Sparrer, Stiff Little Fingers, The Damned, Fear, The Exploited, Cockney Rejects, Peter Hook and the Light, The Dickies, Discharge, G.B.H., Dictators, Slaughter & The Dogs, Anti Nowhere League, UK Subs, The Outcasts, Evil Conduct, Peter & The Test Tube Babies, Infa Riot, Reagan Youth, Argy Bargy, Spizz Energi, Abrasive Wheels, Dirtbox Disco, The Members, The Defects, Anti Pasti, Lions Law, Booze & Glory, Hagar The Womb, The Vibrators, Channel 3, 999, Major Accident, The Varukers, Drongos For Europe, The Crack, Here and Now, Razors, The Ejected, Komintern Sect, Rust, Demob, Bar Stool Preachers, Splodgenssabounds, London, The Ramonas, In Evil Hour, Anti-Social, The Cundeez, Sensa Yuma, The Bleach Boys, Geoffrey Oicott, Anthrax UK, Brassick, Cress, Fire Exit, Contempt, Jericho Hill, System Of Hate, Spunk Volcano & The Eruptions, Reazione, Foreign Legion, Army of Skanks, Addictive Philosophy, Monkish, Slagerij, Revenge of the Psychontronic Man, Criminal Mind.

You can find more information about the festival here.



Bill Stevenson talks about new Descendents album, the future of ALL and possible new music from FLAG

Communities Digital News recently conducted an interview with legendary drummer Bill Stevenson, who talked about the long-awaited new Descendents album, the future of ALL and the possibility of new music from FLAG. About the new Descendents record, Bill said that a new Descendents album, which will be their first since 2004’s Cool to Be You, is on the way and the band will focus work on it for the coming months:

“We started on it. We’re not really far into it, but we’re making it a priority to kind of focus on it in the coming months.”

Asked what the future holds for ALL, Bill replied, “ALL is playing some shows in Europe next week as well. We’re all going over there. So, we’ll do some ALL shows and some Descendents shows. We don’t have any recording plans as such. I guess at this time, I don’t have enough hours in the day. Is that what this is coming down to? That’s what it feels like.”

On the possibility of FLAG writing new material, Bill stated, “It has not been discussed or proposed by any of us. That whole thing was just for fun for us, which makes it all the more just disgusting the way it all went down. It was just a fun thing for us. We’ve never talked about new writing or new material or anything.”



Black Flag and FLAG settle lawsuit

It has been reported that the lawsuit put forth by Black Flag guitarist and founding member Greg Ginn, against the supergroup FLAG (Keith Morris on vocals, Chuck Dukowski on bass, Bill Stevenson on drums, Stephen Egerton on guitar and Dez Cadena also on guitar), has been settled.

“Flag gets to be Flag, and Black Flag as it is presently known continues to be Black Flag,” said the plaintiff’s attorney. They also said that Ginn has been confirmed to own Black Flag recordings, name and logo.

Black Flag’s most recent album What The… was released on December 13th via SST Records. Since then, Ron Reyes left the band on not-so-good terms, stating that he thought the group “fell very short.” and they have announced a tour featuring new vocalist Mike Vallely.



HD Live Video: 15 minutes of FLAG’s show at Irving Plaza in NYC

Some fine individual has posted a super HD video of FLAG playing some songs, including No More, Wasted, American Waste, and many others, at Irving Plaza in New York City back in September.

Check that shit out below!

As you probably know, the members of FLAG and Henry Rollins were recently sued on grounds of copyright infringement by Black Flag founder Greg Ginn. The judge wasn’t amused and the case was dismissed.



Greg Ginn loses lawsuit against Keith Morris and Henry Rollins

According to SPIN.comBlack Flag founder Greg Ginn has lost his lawsuit against FLAG, a spin-off version of the aforementioned band featuring two of its original members Keith Morris (vocals) and Chuck Dukowski (bass).

Ginn claims that there can only be “one Black Flag”, and while his former bandmates are playing under a modified name, they shouldn’t use the handle they’ve adopted or the iconic Black Flag logo. He also accused Henry Rollins of using and abusing the legacy of Black Flag, and alleged that both Morris’ unit and Rollins attempted to secure their rights to the Black Flag copyright by manufacturing or selling bootleg records and T-shirts.

A court judge has ruled that SST Records does not have the rights to the Black Flag copyright, Ginn has no special rights to any of the trademarks and that neither him nor the label care about copyrghts or trademarks. The court also determines that Rollins (who was a member from 1981 to their original split in 1986) never left Black Flag.

Here’s what all of that looks like in legalese, via FLAG:

(1) the court found that SST had no rights in the trademarks;
(2) Ginn seemed to have no individual rights in the Black Flag trademarks;
(3) even if either had had any rights in those marks, they had abandoned those rights through a failure to police the mark for nearly 30 years;
(4) the defendants’ claim that the Black Flag assets were owned by a statutory partnership comprised of various former band members – even if these members only consisted of Henry and Ginn, based on (a) accepting Ginn’s argument that he never quit and given that there is no evidence or allegation that Henry ever quit – has merit;
(5) that even if the plaintiffs had some trademark claim in the marks, there was no likelihood of consumer confusion between Black Flag and Flag given the ample press coverage over the dispute; and
(6) the trademark application and registration that Henry and Keith made was done in good faith (e.g. not fraudulently) – and is thus not necessarily subject to cancellation – given that they understood their actions to have been done on the part of the Black Flag partnership (see No. 4, above).

Black Flag broke up back in 1986, although many of the former members have reunited occasionally since. The band is expected to release a new album this year, which will be their first since 1985’s Inside My Head and their first one with Ron Reyes on vocals.



Show Review: Flag w/ TSOL- Philadelphia, PA

The current incarnation of FLAG (not to be confused with Black Flag) obviously created a bit of controversy, although perhaps more so with ex-band members than with the fans themselves. Nevertheless, when I found out they were playing The Trocadero in Philadelphia, I had to check it out to see if they lived up to their name.

You can check out my review here.



FLAG add dates to east coast tour w/ TSOL

FLAG have added some more dates to their upcoming east coast tour with TSOL, which will be taking place around the band’s appearances at the Chicago and Colorado stops on Riot Fest 2013.

Details on all of the band’s upcoming dates can be seen below.

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, the guys in FLAG (along with Henry Rollins) are currently being sued by Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn on grounds of copyright infringement. More details on that can be found here.