Shit went down last night at Webster Hall: Harley Flanagan, the ex-bassist of the Cro-Mags, a hardcore punk band, attacked two current band members with a hunting knife in a dressing room before last night's show and was promptly arrested. The band was there to perform with Sick Of It All as part of the CBGB Fest — or was supposed to, before the attack.
According to witnesses, Flanagan was acting "weird" and like a "lunatic" outside Webster Hall before the show and folks sensed something bad was going to go down. Then, right before the Cro-Mags took the stage, Flanagan charged the VIP area/dressing room with a hunting knife, stabbing and biting his bandmates. As folks screamed and panicked, Flanagan allegedly slashed his ex-bandmate William Berario above the eye and bit his cheek. Other ex-bandmate Michael Couls, who classily goes by the nickname The Gook, got slashed on his arm and stomach.
It reportedly took "six beefy dudes" to pin down Flanagan during his rampage, breaking his leg in the melee, and he was handcuffed to a chair by cops and carried out of the club. And, him being such a badass, he gave everyone the finger when they booed. The blog Bowery Boogie added, "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 show, of course, was cancelled and injured members of Cro-Mags were treated at a nearby hospital; fortunately their wounds were not non-lifethreatening wounds. According to the New York Post, Flanagan has been charged with two counts of second degree assault and weapons charges.
The CBGB Fest has since released a statement about the attack:
"We are saddened to learn about the events that occurred last night at Webster Hall. Our primary concern is always the safety and experience of New Yorkers, music fans and the general public. Naturally we will fully cooperate with law enforcement while hoping for the speedy recovery of those injured. Live music can be incredibly uplifting, empowering and positive. We don’t feel the actions of one person should overshadow four amazing days and nights of events that include Saturday’s historic and unprecedented free concerts in Times Square and Central Park."
It's unclear yet what prompted Harley Flanagan's freakout but we can probably assume that when an ex-bandmate attacking the current bandmates, there is a bruised ego involved. Just a thought.