According to the Daily News, the CBGB Festival at Webster Hall in New York City was canceled Friday night after a former member of the legendary hardcore band CRO-MAGS assaulted two current members of the group.
William Berario, 45, was slashed above the eye and bitten on his cheek, and Michael Couls, was cut on his arm and stomach during the incident, which happened around 9 p.m. The attacker, who has been identified by the New York Post and the Daily News as Harley Flanagan, the 42-year-old founding member of the CRO-MAGS, was seen in photographs posted on BoweryBoogie.com being wheeled from the venue by EMTs. He was reportedly taken to Bellevue Hospital to be treated for a broken leg and was hit with two counts of second-degree assault and weapons charges.
The concert, which was scheduled to include appearances by SICK OF IT ALL, CRO-MAGS and VISION OF DISORDER — was part of the CBGB Festival, which is featuring musical performances by over 300 artists at venues throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn through Sunday.
The organizers of the CBGB Festival later released a statement, saying, “Our primary concern is always the safety and experience of New Yorkers, music fans and the general public.
“We don’t feel the actions of one person should overshadow four amazing days and nights of events.”
“You can all thank Harley Flanagan for ruining the night for everyone,” CRO-MAGS lead singer John Joseph told the crowd.