C’el Revuelta, Black Flag Bassist, Dies
C'el Revuelta, who played bass with Black Flag in 1986 and 2003, has died. He had been diagnosed with a stage 4 glioblastoma brain tumor last July.
Metal Sucks broke the news, finding the following statement on a GoFundMe page that had been established to help pay for his medical bills. “Today we lost a wonderful person, our hearts are broken Cel passed away this morning Wednesday May 3rd 2017, he was surrounded by his immediate family. He fought til his last breath. Forever he is loved and will be missed. Love ❤️ You Uncle Cel!!”
Reveuelta replaced Kira Roessler in 1986, with the band breaking up shortly after completing their tour in support of In My Head. In his book Our Band Could Be Your Life, Michael Azerrad writes that the tour started out with guitarist Greg Ginn telling singer Henry Rollins that he didn't like him, and that they played the same set for nine months.
Furthermore, Ginn was more interested in playing with the opening act, his side project Gone, than the headliners, and Rollins was isolating himself from the other three. Shortly after the tour ended, Ginn announced that he was quitting Black Flag, which essentially broke up the band that he had founded a decade earlier.
Although Revuelta never recorded with the group, that lineup -- Reveulta, Rollins, Ginn, and drummer Anthony Martinez -- was chronicled in Dave Markey's documentary Reality 86'd.
Reveuelta returned in 2003 for a trio of shows, the first Black Flag concerts since 1986. He and Ginn were the lone members of that incarnation of the band participating.
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