According to BoweryBoogie.com, a hardcore show as part of the CBGB Festival at Weber Hall in New York featuring Sick Of It All, Cro-Mags and Vision Of Disorder, had to be cancelled on July 6th when Harley Flanagan, founding (and former) bass player of the Cro-Mags, reportedly entered the VIP Lounge with a knife and stabbed and injured current Cro-Mags bassist Mike Couls in the chest.

Organizers behind the CBGB Festival responded with the following statement regarding the incident: "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 today's historic and unprecedented free concerts in Times Square and Central Park."

Cro-Mags have also released today an official statement: "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."


Source: metalunderground.com
Band profile: Cro-Mags
 
Posted: 08.07.2012 by Cynic Metalhead



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SSM - 08.07.2012 at 23:51  
What happened to Mike Couls? Did he kill mike or he's just injured?
It's somehow ambiguous for me.
IronAngel - 09.07.2012 at 00:46  
Written by SSM on 08.07.2012 at 23:51

What happened to Mike Couls? Did he kill mike or he's just injured?
It's somehow ambiguous for me.


"Stabbed and injured" seems pretty clear. It would say "stabbed and killed" if that was the case.
SSM - 09.07.2012 at 01:07  
Written by IronAngel on 09.07.2012 at 00:46

Written by SSM on 08.07.2012 at 23:51

What happened to Mike Couls? Did he kill mike or he's just injured?
It's somehow ambiguous for me.


"Stabbed and injured" seems pretty clear. It would say "stabbed and killed" if that was the case.


Yeah, you're right. I just read it really fast.
I don't know any of them anyway
AngelofDeth - 09.07.2012 at 09:25  
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BoxCar Willy - 09.07.2012 at 16:45  
Metal as fuck.


But seriously, that's not a good thing to have happen, getting stabbed in the chest...
Black Conundrum - 09.07.2012 at 23:48  
I hear that a guy named William Berario was also injured by Flanagan.

These actions by Flanagan have harmed the New York City hardcore scene, and they were quite unnecessary. Sure, it is tough being removed from a band, whether one steps down, is kicked out, or it is mutually agreed that the person be removed; however, stabbing people at a concert when they're about to perform is not the right way to sort issues out.

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