Cro-Mags Feud Stops Show

A former Cro-Mags member attacked two of the punk band’s current members with a hunting knife during the CBGB Festival in New York City July 6, leading to a closure of Webster Hall for the evening.

Harley Flanagan was arrested on assault charges after allegedly attacking two of the group’s members in a dressing room before a concert, according to the New York Post.

William Berario was slashed above his eye and bitten on the cheek and Michael Couls was cut on his arm and stomach, the paper reported. The men were taken to a nearby hospital with non life-threatening wounds.

Flanagan was arrested at the scene, police said, and charged with two counts of second-degree assault and weapons charges.

The show was canceled following the incident.

Cro-Mags lead singer John Joseph told the New York Times there’d been bad blood between Flanagan and other members since he left the band in 2000 and was not allowed to rejoin.

“This dude has been a negative thorn in the side of this band forever,” Joseph said. “I hope he gets what’s coming to him.”

The CBGB Festival noted in a statement following the incident that safety is always a priority but the rest of the festival would continue.

“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,” the statement said.