CBGB Fest Temporarily Shut Down Following Concert Stabbings

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Two people were stabbed Friday at the CBGB Fest at Webster Hall, temporarily shutting down the event. According to a Bowery Boogie contributor attending the show, “all hell broke loose” when Cro-Mags founder Harley Flanagan stabbed the band’s bassist Mike “The Gook” in the chest in the VIP lounge. He allegedly stabbed someone else, as well as biting a third individual. The violence took place prior to a Cro-Mags show.

Flanagan was arrested following the incident, according to Gothamist. Reportedly the stabbing is the culmination of many years of tumultuous relations between former and current band members. Co-founder John “Bloodclot” Joseph told the NY Post Flanagan is known for stalking the LES looking for fights and generally acting like a lunatic. According to Joseph, “no one likes him.”

The CBGB Festival is named for a club, which closed in 2006, but helped launch many notable bands’ careers, reports the New York Times. The punk rock club was notorious for violence, and that legacy seems to have carried on to its namesake festival.

—Alissa Fleck

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