Ron Reyes Leaves Black Flag, Beastie Boys Square Off with Toymakers and Morrissey Takes on Thanksgiving in Our News Roundup
Published Nov 30, 2013After a week filled of American Thanksgivings and Black Fridays, we're back to present our ever-trusty news roundup. If you're wanting to see some of the top stories that grabbed our headlines this week, keep on reading.
First up, even more trouble hit the Black Flag camp, as frontman Ron Reyes suddenly exited the band. Worst of all, though, it appears the Vancouver-based singer was ousted from the reunited group mid-show and while onstage. And sadly, this follows a turbulent year met with some heated rivalry with Black Flag's former bandmates in FLAG, along with some subsequent legal turmoil and perhaps the worst cover art we've ever seen all year.
Unfortunately, that was hardly all we had in the negative news department. Beastie Boys got wrapped up in some controversy with a toy company of all things, leading the group to issue a statement over the whole debacle and the the toy company followed suit. Then Morrissey took some shots at Obama over Thanksgiving's turkey practices and Mastodon were accused of racism over a Thanksgiving T-shirt, leading the metal band to issue a statement in efforts to explain themselves. Oh, and the Walkmen went on an "extreme hiatus."
For something more positive, we got some ugly Christmas sweaters from Death From Above 1979 and Queens of the Stone Age, Royal Wood revealed a new album and so did Hidden Cameras, and Royal Canoe had a bunch of gear stolen — only to launch a crazy successful fundraising campaign to make up for the loss.