Last year, Harley Flanagan filed a suit against John Joseph and Mackie Jayson for ownership of the Cro-Mags name. Today, Flanagan revealed that the suit has settled. Flanagan will take exclusive use of the Cro-Mags mark. Manwhile, John Joseph and Mackie Jayson will continue to perform as "Cro-Mags JM." For the next three months, Joseph and Jayson will perform as "Cro-Mags" as those shows were previously billed as such. See Flanagan's video where he explains the settlement and John Joseph's statement via the Cro-Mags facebook page, below.
John Joseph Statement
As all of our loyal fans and supporters know, John Joseph, Mackie Jayson, A.J. Novello and Craig Setari have been performing as the "Cro-Mags" for many years. Due to recent litigation involving Harley Flanagan, John Joseph and Mackie Jayson, we have all agreed that for the benefit of our fans and supporters we want to make sure that everyone knows who it is they are coming out to see. Therefore we have reached a settlement designed to avoid any further confusion. The lead singer and drummer on Age of Quarrel, John & Mackie, along with A.J. and Craig, going forward will perform under the name CRO-MAGS “JM” which we have a legal right to use. The "JM" stands for John/Mackie. Of course, we need some time to make this change. There will be a three month transition where our shows may still be advertised as Cro-Mags and Harley will also be performing as Cro-Mags. During this transition period, to confirm which band you want to see, please check on our websites or social media pages. As of August 1, 2019, all shows under the CRO-MAGS “JM” name will feature us, and all shows under the CRO-MAGS name (on its own) will feature Harley. Thanks for your patience as we wrap this up. Now that this is all said and done, we will be working on a new studio album, while continuing to deliver the live performances our fans have come to know and love over the years. A win/win situation. See you out there on the road.