Bassist Harley Flanagan has reached a settlement with singer John Joseph and drummer Mackie Jayson regarding ownership of the CRO-MAGS name. Flanagan will now perform under the name CRO-MAGS while Joseph and Jayson will perform as CRO-MAGS “JM”.
See below for Harley’s full statement:
“After many years of confusion, rumor and dispute, I, John Joseph and Mackie Jayson have reached a settlement designed to avoid any further confusion about the Cro-Mags mark and band. I, as the founder of the band and bass player on all Cro-Mags albums (Age of Quarrel, Best Wishes, Alpha Omega, Near Death Experience and Revenge) will be performing as Cro-Mags going forward and have exclusive ownership of the name as such in all commercial purposes world-wide. There will be a three month transition during which time I will be performing as Cro-Mags and John and Mackie’s shows may still be advertised as Cro-Mags as they finalize their name change to CRO-MAGS “JM”. During this transition period, to confirm which band you want to see, please check on our websites or social media pages. As of August 1, 2019, all shows under the CRO-MAGS name (on its own) will feature me, and all of John and Mackie’s shows will be under the name CRO-MAGS “JM”. Thanks for your patience as we wrap this up. Now that we have come to an agreement, I look forward to continuing to deliver music from the entire Cro-Mags catalogue the fans have come to know and love, be able to perform live without confusion and continue to create new music with the distinctive sound that is Cro-Mags.”
About Harley Flanagan:
Raised in Europe and on New York’s gritty Lower East Side among iconic figures like Allen Ginsberg, Richard Hell, Debbie Harry, THE RAMONES, Andy Warhol and THE CLASH, Harley began his own musical career at age 12, performing at legendary hangouts like Max’s Kansas City and CBGBs, as the drummer for the classic NYC Punk band, THE STIMULATORS. Today, he is also an accomplished author, podcaster and Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner and instructor.
During this same time period, this feral street kid prodigy founded the seminal Hardcore band, CRO-MAGS founded in 1982,… writing the majority of their music and channeling his powerful survival instinct into the blistering soundtrack and storyline for the 80’s and 90’s. They released their first studio album, »The Age of Quarrel«, in 1986. »Best Wishes« was originally released on Profile Records in April of 1989 and bridged the gap between hardcore and metal, resulting in what was called crossover thrash sound and hailed as one of the seminal releases of that genre.
Harley’s ever-growing popularity with audiences outside of the Punk and Hardcore world, is a testament to the ORIGINS of alternative music and lost histories from the visionaries who created it. It has often been said, there would be no METALLICA, GREEN DAY or FOO FIGHTERS without the CRO-MAGS. In a world searching for authenticity- it doesn’t get any more real than Harley.
The CRO-MAGS are known as one of the most influential hardcore bands of all time.
The CRO-MAGS, the seminal hardcore punk crossover NYC outfit, founded and fronted by Harley Flanagan, have announced headlining dates across Europe in support of their landmark album, »Best Wishes«, 30th Anniversary. Staring Sept 27th in Essen, Germany, the trek will also see the band make appearances in the United Kingdom, France and Austria, among other countries, as well as a stop at Belgium’s Lumburg Hardcore Fest. Support will come from US based crossover newcomers, RED DEATH.
Comments Flanagan, “I’m looking forward to going to Europe and performing songs from Best Wishes and the rest of the entire Cro-Mags catalogue. I am currently in the studio working on a new album and we may surprise you with some new music as well.”