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Cro-Mags lawsuit settled, Harley Flanagan now owns name

Mon, April 22, 2019 4:14 PM PT7,050 views

For roughly the past year, members of legendary hardcore punk band Cro-Mags have been engaged in a legal battle over use of the Cro-Mags trademark. Co-founder Harley Flanagan has alleged that the band was his idea, but ultimately usurped by vocalist John Joseph, who continued performing using the Cro-Mags moniker following Flanagan's departure nearly 20 years ago. In the interim, the two have had an extremely contentious relationship, one that came to a head in 2012 when Flanagan attacked two Cro-Mags members with a knife prior a New York City concert. Well, it seems as though the two parties have now come to an agreement. Effective August 1st, John Joseph and Mackie Jayson will perform as Cro-Mags "JM", while Flanagan will use the original Cro-Mags name. Joseph, Jayson, and company have issued the following statement:
"As all of our loyal fans and supporters know, John Joseph, Mackie Jayson, A.J. Novello and Craig Setari have been performing as the 'Cro-Mags' for many years. Due to recent litigation involving Harley Flanagan, John Joseph and Mackie Jayson, we have all agreed that for the benefit of our fans and supporters we want to make sure that everyone knows who it is they are coming out to see. Therefore we have reached a settlement designed to avoid any further confusion. The lead singer and drummer on Age of Quarrel, John and Mackie, along with A.J. and Craig, going forward will perform under the name Cro-Mags 'JM' which we have a legal right to use. The 'JM' stands for John/Mackie. Of course, we need some time to make this change. There will be a three month transition where our shows may still be advertised as Cro-Mags and Harley will also be performing as Cro-Mags. 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 'JM' name will feature us, and all shows under the Cro-Mags name (on its own) will feature Harley. Thanks for your patience as we wrap this up. Now that this is all said and done, we will be working on a new studio album, while continuing to deliver the live performances our fans have come to know and love over the years. A win/win situation. See you out there on the road."
Meanwhile, Flanagan issued this video:

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anonymous 4/22/2019 4:21:55 PM

Big gay vegan beef


anonymous 4/22/2019 4:23:28 PM

Donovan is a Pitcairn hater.


anonymous 4/22/2019 4:24:22 PM

We can't talk directly to w-e-b-b-y anymore? LOL. Ok, Donovan.


anonymous 4/22/2019 4:40:13 PM

Oh good, now there's two bands I don't care about


anonymous 4/22/2019 4:47:15 PM

LOL the end of that video


anonymous 4/22/2019 5:25:39 PM

After their big tour with hatebreed just ended. Great timing moron.


anonymous 4/22/2019 5:31:26 PM

Nobody wants to hear Harley's 80's hair metal kool-aid man "ohh yeah!" Rants onstage. They are really only fighting over Age Of Quarrel. Nobody wants to hear alpha and omega bullshit


anonymous 4/22/2019 5:33:45 PM

I'm not going to comment on anything in fear of being murked by dms, although I'm sure a few deadbeat dads are stoked for JJ and HF. Space below for mad comments from a midget living in a jetta.


anonymous 4/22/2019 5:42:06 PM

lawyer core


anonymous 4/22/2019 5:53:21 PM

Band sucks so,so much. Harley Flanagan is a joke of a bass player with the worst tone I've ever heard. Singer sucks too. The fact that there are now two shitty versions of the same shitty band, well that just sucks


anonymous 4/22/2019 5:54:27 PM

Harley Quinn wins lawsuit for shitty band name


anonymous 4/22/2019 5:58:57 PM

Petty as fck. Pretty sure the CroMags, I mean, The CroMags "JM" just cleaned up real nice after their tour with Hatebreed.


anonymous 4/22/2019 6:18:43 PM

I wish Harley would tour on that Southern Lord record.


anonymous 4/22/2019 6:36:07 PM

Whens the last time you watched "Hook" ? Remember how good that was?


anonymous 4/22/2019 7:09:26 PM

Still better than Clutch


anonymous 4/22/2019 7:27:38 PM

No one wants a new Cro-mags record from either side.


anonymous 4/22/2019 10:02:02 PM

Remember how Harley stabbed a DMS member and those dudes didn't do anything to him? I do.


anonymous 4/22/2019 10:11:11 PM

Cro-mags is the twilight of hardcore Team Harley or team John Make your choice


anonymous 4/22/2019 11:43:45 PM

Can't wait to buy some Cro-Mags 'JM' shirts.


anonymous 4/23/2019 5:30:14 AM

Zao is amused by this.


anonymous 4/23/2019 7:00:43 AM

whip out your cawlk's<-------- 0HHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! YEEEAAAHH<---John Joseph's croonings


anonymous 4/23/2019 7:08:13 AM

NO ONE will want a CRO-MAGS shirt with a JM on it. Why does Harley read this as if its a letter announcing his own death? He should be happy, no? JJ and Mackie really should have called the band AGE OF Quarrel.


anonymous 4/23/2019 7:22:10 AM

Nothing more street hardcore punk rock than legal litigations. Doug.


anonymous 4/23/2019 7:23:24 AM

they both fcking suck. i bet i just pissed off a bunch of poor, tattoo-covered 50 year olds.


anonymous 4/23/2019 9:34:00 AM

"They are really only fighting over Age Of Quarrel. " They weren't even fighting over the rights to the records, just usage of the name. Harley can get more money playing as Cro Mags than he can playing under another name. Plus he can make merch and the other lineup can't without the JM although I'm sure con artist JJ will keep doing it.


anonymous 4/23/2019 10:41:23 AM

They used to be called cro mags jam right? Now they are called cro mags JM? Uh ok


fourthgradecocktease 4/23/2019 12:30:32 PM

Harley was already getting booked more as himself than the other guys were as Cro-Mags, and he plays all the CM songs anyway. Who cares about this? At least he won't be trying to stab anyone else


anonymous 4/23/2019 12:48:50 PM

Come on, Cro-Mags is Harley Flanagan. That shit was ridiculous to begin with. Could you imagine starting a band, making the name, writing the songs and then being told you can't play under that name anymore? He ain't winning any popularity contests but that wasn't ethical


anonymous 4/23/2019 4:06:09 PM

"the Age of Quarrel" in the courtroom resulted in splitting in the end results of "Best Wishes" for both parties.


anonymous 4/23/2019 6:36:19 PM

Whatever happened to Mike "asian" couls? Totally vanished it seems. Kicked out of DMS for being weak?


anonymous 4/23/2019 6:40:30 PM

Remember how Harley stabbed a DMS member and those dudes didn't do anything to him? I do. Remember when big name DMS member Jimmy Gestapo posed for photos while hugging Harley at the NJ Misfits show and was not reprimanded despite Ezec announcing months earlier that anybody down with Flanagan will be ostracized by da crew?


anonymous 4/23/2019 8:42:48 PM

I guess Hard Times are coming Johns Way. lol No one wants a shirt that says "Cromags JM" and honestly all that matters in this case is the merchandising the Cromags shows for either version of the band are dead nowadays the novelty wore off years ago


anonymous 4/23/2019 10:53:08 PM

Remember how Harley stabbed a DMS member and those dudes didn't do anything to him? I do. >> So do I. They're all talk no walk cowards who can't fight one on one and only target people smaller and weaker than them, NEVER their equals - always were/will be.


anonymous 4/23/2019 10:54:15 PM

ALL 1980s and 1990s NYHC bands (and bands in general) should hang it up.


anonymous 4/23/2019 10:56:54 PM

Remember when big name DMS member Jimmy Gestapo posed for photos while hugging Harley at the NJ Misfits show and was not reprimanded despite Ezec announcing months earlier that anybody down with Flanagan will be ostracized by da crew?>> Yeah HTF you take pics and be cool with a guy who not only put a knife of two of your crew members' asses but has dissed your crew ever since? Ezec is a bitch!


anonymous 4/24/2019 2:46:57 PM

John Joseph can just order wholesale cromags shirt to sell.


anonymous 4/24/2019 6:14:51 PM

Cro Mags make a lot of noise and none of its music.


anonymous 4/24/2019 9:34:51 PM

^cuck


anonymous 4/24/2019 9:49:12 PM

Love when Xanax addicted pussies talk shit on crews they'd never have the balls to say a fcking thing to in real life other than "can I buy you a beer man" fcking pssy go back to the sticks


anonymous 4/25/2019 5:44:17 AM

Heyyo, John Joseph here. PMA. YO I got a vegan book and I'm doing tours in NYC. PMA. Yo Harley is frontin' and that is my band. PMA. I'll smash anyone's skull. PMA. Yo shoutout to Joe Rogan. Blaze weed. PMA. YO Krishna Krishna Krishna. Yo the Bad Brains. PMA.


anonymous 4/25/2019 2:09:34 PM

^^ Bottom of the barrel DMS member who name Ezec doesn't even know.


anonymous 4/25/2019 8:43:26 PM

The question of the matter remains.. DOES Flanagan pack a large Irish penis?


anonymous 4/28/2019 5:00:43 PM

Bottom of the barrel DMS member who name Ezec doesn't even know.>> Harley beat up Ezec in Tompkins Square Park in '91.


anonymous 4/29/2019 4:01:56 PM

Go pay your crew dues so Ezec and his gayass friends can buy some more blow and pay their stripper girlfriends you dms cuck


anonymous 5/5/2019 4:16:30 PM

Go pay your crew dues so Ezec and his gayass friends can buy some more blow and pay their stripper girlfriends you dms cuck >> Wasted money considering it won't go to Ezec moving back to California to be with his son. Yo Ezec your son lives in the Bay Area yet you live in Jersey City. Move to where your son is you fcking deadbeat-absentee dad!


anonymous 7/6/2019 10:20:52 AM

Waaaaaaasaaaaaaa





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