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|Also known as||Chavo Pederast|
|Born||July 24, 1960|
|Genres||Punk rock, hardcore punk|
|Occupations||Musician, singer, drummer, guitarist|
|Instruments||Vocals, drums, guitar|
|Associated acts||Black Flag, Crash Bang Crunch Pop, Red Kross, The Happy Tampons, the Tracks, The Bludgeoned Pigs, Hawian Spy, Hastily Beastly, The Braineaters, Kill City, Raw Power, Funhouse, The Zamboni Drivers, The Ron Reyes band, PIGGY|
Ron Reyes (born July 24, 1960)[original research?] is a Canadian musician most noted as the second singer for the Los Angeles punk rock group Black Flag. Reyes, who is of Puerto Rican descent, joined Black Flag after original vocalist Keith Morris had quit to form the Circle Jerks. Black Flag needed a singer to go on a tour to Vancouver, Canada, and asked Reyes to fill in.
Ron Reyes was from a middle-class family, His father owned a popular jazz shop in California and Ron grew up listening to his father's record collection. As a boy, Ron would hang out in the streets and listen to Black Sabbath and David Bowie while his friends sniffed glue and smoked cannabis. He remembers himself as an outcast in school, where the jocks would make fun of his KISS inspired glam rock fashion.
At the time of joining Black Flag, he was a street kid who had been following them since the beginning, and already knew all the songs. He also played drums in an early incarnation of Redd Kross, along with Greg Hetson, who went on to form the Circle Jerks with Keith Morris, and subsequently joined Bad Religion. On May 23, 1980, Reyes quit Black Flag mid-show at the Fleetwood in Redondo Beach. For the remainder of the gig, the band invited audience members onstage to take turns singing "Louie Louie". Reyes was drinking heavily at the time, and was tired of the fan violence and escalating police harassment.
This was at the beginning of the Orange County punk explosion. The surfers cut off their hair and turned into punks. And they were fucking maniacs! Crazier than hell. The Hollywood punk was a totally different animal, into drugs and getting drunk, liking the Sex Pistols. But the surf punks--these guys were insane. At the show, they'd start going in circles, punching each other - one big dance floor brawl. That was invented by the surf punks. Every fucking high school had hundreds of them. And that crowd liked us, and would come to our shows at the Fleetwood. Well, Ron had met a girl on the road and brought her back to L.A., and at this show she got into the middle of that shit. She got pushed around, and Ron didn't like it so he took off with that girl, went back to Vancouver and left us in the middle of everything. —Robo
Reyes was coaxed back into Black Flag long enough to record the "Jealous Again" EP. He also appeared on some selections included on the 1983 compilation album Everything Went Black. He can be seen in Penelope Spheeris' 1980 documentary The Decline of Western Civilization, in which he dedicates the song "Revenge" to the LAPD, and jokingly shows off his apartment, which is a closet. After the recording sessions, Reyes went back to Vancouver and was replaced by singer Dez Cadena.
The Jealous Again EP was released after Reyes had left the band for a final time. On the sleeve, he was credited as "Chavo Pederast", nonstandard Spanish for pedophile.
Reyes rejoined Black Flag as vocalist for a 2013 tour and will appear on their upcoming album What The.... Reyes performed live in Vancouver in celebration of his 50th birthday in July 2010. Joining him on the bill were The Jolts, The Modernettes, Little Guitar Army, and The Braineaters featuring renowned artist Jim Cummins on lead vocals. Reyes' band consisted of guitarists Kevin Rose from Crash Bang Crunch Pop, and Jon Doe from the Scramblers along with a rhythm section consisting of Real McKenzies founding member Anthony Walker on bass and Scott Beadle on drums. Greg Ginn performed three songs with the Ron Reyes Band at this event: "Jealous Again", "Revenge", and a new, original composition entitled "Broken".
Reyes appeared in the Vancouver based documentary Bloodied but Unbowed about Vancouver's punk community in the late 1970s and The Other F Word about being a parent involved in the punk community.
Reyes currently is performing as the guitarist for PIGGY. Other members of this new project include Izzy Gibson (ex Living Deadbeats) on lead vocals Lisafurr Lloyd (ex Slickjacks; currently in the East Vamps) and on bass guitar; Craig McKimm (Little Guitar Army; The Fiends) on drums.
- Beadle, Scott. "Ron Reyes 50th Birthday Celebration with the Jolts, Ron Reyes Band, Modernettes, Little Guitar Army, and I Braineater - Rickshaw Theatre (Vancouver BC), July 24, 2010". The Big Takeover. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
- Blush, Steven; Petros, George (2001). American Hardcore: a Tribal History. Feral House. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-922915-71-2. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
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- http://www.breakmyface.com/bands/blackflag1.html Black Flag early years
- http://www.dementlieu.com/~obik/arc/blackflag/int_skitzoid7.html Interview (1980) Skitzoid Magazine
- http://www.discogs.com/release/1384786 Red Cross 12" EP (Posh Boy, USA)