Hardcore legend Ron Reyes back in action

Tickets are moving fast for one of the more interesting shows in the coming weeks. Former Black Flag vocalist and long-time Vancouverite Ron Reyes is celebrating his 50th birthday at the Rickshaw Theatre on July 24. It’ll be the first time Reyes has performed a full set on-stage “since probably 1988”, according to organizer Doug Smith. Reyes was also the original drummer for Red Kross, and before that he was in a band called the Happy Tampon with another Black Flag alumnus, Dez Cadena.

“He’s turnin’ 50, and I said, ”˜Fuck, Ron, now’s the time! One last show! Get the gang together!’ ” Smith told the Straight. The Ron Reyes Band was subsequently put together with Kevin Rose, Tony Walker, the Scramblers’ John Doe, and Scott Beadle. “They sound great. They’ve been practising for three months,” Smith added. “He’s going to perform songs from the gamut of his career, including songs by Black Flag.”

Reyes handpicked the bill, which also includes I, Braineater, the Modernettes, Little Guitar Army, and the Jolts. Smith said he’ll round out the evening with some film footage from Vancouver’s punk glory years. “At 12:30, or whatever stupid time the bands have to end because Vancouver sucks so much, we’ll just sit down in the theatre seats and drink beer and watch really cool archival shit,” he said.



wake up stupid

Jul 2, 2010 at 6:54pm

nothing more depressing than a bunch of old punk rockers draggin' there asses back onstage after WAY too many years...truly a legend killer


Jul 3, 2010 at 10:14pm

Wow, bummed because your shitty hipster band wasn't invited to play? Grow up, you fucking child.

Ron Reyes

Jul 5, 2010 at 12:03pm

Legend Killer!?!? My so called “legend” status and $2.00 is still not enough to buy a decent cup of coffee in this town. Who cares about that crap! We are gonna have some fun celebrating some good times and great music and some new music as well. I don’t see anything depressing about that at all. Come if you want to or don’t but I’m telling ya this will be a good time.


Jul 5, 2010 at 3:09pm

i will be glad that wake up stupid and his vapid hipster buddies will have something far "cooler" to do that night. I know I'm going to go and have a hell of a good time.

Scott Beadle

Jul 5, 2010 at 3:24pm

Hey "Wake up stupid", we're not asking you to buy, see, or hear anything you don't want to. It's just a gig, a party. How does that threaten you? Don't worry, we promise not to be as "cool" as your favourite hipster indie emo band of the month.

ron friggin' rules

Jul 5, 2010 at 3:26pm

i saw him right up front slam dancing at the buzzcocks show in vancouver and if that level of energy is any indication of what he's gonna be like on stage this show will whip a werewolf's ass with a belt!!!!!!!!!

mike de la cruz

Jul 5, 2010 at 3:30pm

i love that bitter "old punk rockers draggin......blah blah blah".......sorry you weren't there and your punk identity is fall out boy. go get em Ron. might be a good excuse to come up and see my kids in seattle......

stupider like a fox

Jul 5, 2010 at 4:18pm

speaking of depression... are you guys gonna play depression?

Kyle Nixon

Jul 5, 2010 at 4:18pm

old ex-punk rocker from Seattle's Solger will be there celebrating Ron's 50th birthday, I love my friend and brother in Christ too much to miss this special weekend trip to Vancouver with family and friends.

Legend Killer

Jul 5, 2010 at 6:24pm

I will drag my sorry ass onstage wherever hipster douche canoes think there is a 'punk' legend to be had.