Social distancing is in full effect, and bands are looking for ways to keep their fans entertained safely. Cro-Mags had a show booked with Body Count that got canceled, but had the itch to perform, so they decided on a live stream.
“I had a show with Body Count that got cancelled and I’m really bummed out,” says Cro-Mags founder and frontman, Harley Flanagan, “but this is just something we’re going to have to deal with right now. The show was supposed to be Sunday night at Webster Hall…instead we’re going to livestream our set and we’re calling it, ‘Cro-Mags: The Quarantine Show,’”
Flanagan grew up about 3 blocks from Webster Hall, on 12th St Btw 1st and Ave A and remembers when the venue reopened as the Ritz in 1980, “It had been closed down when I was a kid. I played there that same year with my band the Stimulators, I was just 13 years old. I got to play there several more times in the 80's with the Cro-Mags in several different incarnations. We did some legendary shows with bands I was honored to play with. We even headlined a show on the Best Wishes tour where we premiered many of the songs from that record at Webster Hall. It was always a great place to go see shows and an even better place to play.”
“Years later, there were some unfortunate events that took place there that sadly overshadowed many of my great memories. but now I get to reclaim and restore that feeling of positive energy once and for all, and it’s a beautiful thing.”
Flanagan reflects on recent times and the importance of doing this show, “I am very unhappy that the show with Body Count this weekend was cancelled by Governor Cuomo – I was really looking forward to it, but I am more sad for the many people who are going to be out of work for who knows how long, and for those who have become ill from this terrible disease. We all must take extra precautions these days, but we will learn how to deal with this like we have learned how to deal with deadly diseases in the past. Be safe, be strong and be smart. The show will be rescheduled, and life will go on. Eventually we will all be "killed by death-" just ask Lemmy. If it's not one thing it will be another, but life will go on. And so will this show.”
Watch the stream below.