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JANUARY, 1981
1 Thursday

SOMETIME THIS MONTH: MEDIA ART RECORDING SESSION

2 Friday

3 Saturday

4 Sunday

5 Monday

6 Tuesday

SHOW: Black Flag / Middle Class / Social Disortion, Hollywood, CA @ Starwood

7 Wednesday

SHOW: Black Flag / Adolescents / China White, Hollywood, CA @ Starwood
NOTES: show was taped

8 Thursday

9 Friday

10 Saturday

11 Sunday

12 Monday

13 Tuesday

14 Wednesday

15 Thursday

16 Friday

17 Saturday

RECORD: Cracks in the Sidewalk compilation released

18 Sunday

19 Monday

20 Tuesday

21 Wednesday

22 Thursday

SHOW: Black Flag / the Runs, Los Angeles, CA @ Polish Auditorium
NOTES: Black Flag (unscheduled) filled in the for the Circle Jerks, who cancelled at the last minute. There was a riot.

23 Friday

24 Saturday

25 Sunday

26 Monday

27 Tuesday

28 Wednesday

29 Thursday

30 Friday

31 Saturday

FEBRUARY, 1981
1 Sunday

2 Monday

3 Tuesday

4 Wednesday

5 Thursday

6 Friday

7 Saturday

8 Sunday

9 Monday

10 Tuesday

11 Wednesday

SHOW: Black Flag / Fear / Circle Jerks / China White / Minutemen, Hollywood, CA @ Stardust Ballroom
NOTES: (I want this flyer!) show was taped

12 Thursday

13 Friday

SHOW: Black Flag / DOA / No Alternative / 7 Seconds / Bludgeoned Pigs, Vancouver, British Columbia @ the Laundromat
NOTES: Hardcore '81 festival day one.

14 Saturday

SHOW: DOA / 7 Seconds / Insex / Blank Generation / No Exit, Vancouver, British Columbia @ the Laundromat
NOTES: Hardcore '81 festival day two. No Black Flag, but it would be petty not to list this.
SHOW: Black Flag / No Alternative, Seattle, WA @ Danceland USA
NOTES: Kyle Nixon (ex-Solger) sings Louie Louie.

15 Sunday

16 Monday

17 Tuesday

18 Wednesday

19 Thursday

20 Friday

21 Saturday

22 Sunday

23 Monday

24 Tuesday

25 Wednesday

26 Thursday

27 Friday

28 Saturday

MARCH, 1981
1 Sunday

SHOW: Black Flag / Minutemen, Los Angeles, CA @ Vex
NOTES: Benefit for Greg Ginn's legal defense. Anyone know more?

2 Monday

3 Tuesday

4 Wednesday

TOUR: Spring '81 Tour begins
SHOW: Black Flag, Tucson, AZ @ Tumbleweeds
NOTES: (I want this flyer!)

5 Thursday
6 Friday

SHOW: Black Flag / Big Boys / Killerwattz, Austin, TX @ Raul's

7 Saturday

SHOW: Black Flag, Houston, TX @ the Island
NOTES: (I want this flyer!)

8 Sunday

SHOW: Black Flag, New Orleans, LA @ Jimmie's
NOTES: (I want this flyer!)

9 Monday
10 Tuesday
11 Wednesday
12 Thursday
13 Friday
14 Saturday

SHOW: Black Flag, New York, NY @ the Peppermint Lounge
NOTES: DC punks (including Rollins, Ian MacKaye, and anyone who wasn't wheelchair-bound or on the run from the law) see Black Flag for the first time.

15 Sunday
16 Monday

SHOW: Black Flag, Pittsburgh, PA @ Decade
NOTES: (I want this flyer!)

17 Tuesday

SHOW: Black Flag / Minor Threat / [DC] Youth Brigade, Washington, DC @ the 9:30 Club
INTERVIEW: Capitol Crisis 5
NOTES: (I want this flyer!)

18 Wednesday
19 Thursday
20 Friday
21 Saturday

SHOW: Black Flag, Boston, MA @ Rat
NOTES: (I want this flyer!)

22 Sunday

SHOW: Black Flag / Fix / Necros, Lansing, MI @ Club DooBee
NOTES: Barry Henssler sees Black Flag for the first time?

23 Monday

TOUR: Spring '81 Tour ends
SHOW: Black Flag / Effigies / Strike Under / Naked Raygun, Chicago, IL @ the Space Place
NOTES: The show was scheduled for Oz--arguably Chicago's most important punk club--but happened at Space Place. The afterparty was at Oz though, where the band saw Husker Du for the first time. (I want an original of this flyer!)

24 Tuesday

25 Wednesday

26 Thursday

27 Friday

28 Saturday

29 Sunday

30 Monday

31 Tuesday

APRIL, 1981
1 Wednesday

NOTES: SOMETIME THIS MONTH: MEDIA ART RECORDING SESSION

2 Thursday

3 Friday

4 Saturday

5 Sunday

6 Monday

7 Tuesday

8 Wednesday

9 Thursday

10 Friday

11 Saturday

12 Sunday

13 Monday

14 Tuesday

15 Wednesday

16 Thursday

17 Friday

18 Saturday

19 Sunday

20 Monday

21 Tuesday

22 Wednesday

23 Thursday

24 Friday

25 Saturday

SHOW: Black Flag / Flipper / Minutemen / Stains, Los Angeles, CA @ 10th Century Hall

26 Sunday

27 Monday

28 Tuesday

29 Wednesday

30 Thursday

MAY, 1981
1 Friday

NOTES: SOMETIME THIS MONTH: MEDIA ART RECORDING SESSION

2 Saturday

3 Sunday

4 Monday

5 Tuesday

6 Wednesday

7 Thursday

8 Friday

9 Saturday

10 Sunday

11 Monday

12 Tuesday

13 Wednesday

14 Thursday

15 Friday

16 Saturday

17 Sunday

SHOW: Black Flag / Onslaught / Happy Death / the Ghouls / Los Olvidados / Lewd, San Jose, CA @ HOLMS Hall SHUT DOWN
NOTES: Shut down before Black Flag could play.

18 Monday

19 Tuesday

20 Wednesday

21 Thursday

SHOW: Black Flag, Tampa, FL, @ ???
NOTES: Date may be wrong. Show was taped.

22 Friday

23 Saturday

24 Sunday

25 Monday

26 Tuesday

27 Wednesday

28 Thursday

29 Friday

30 Saturday

31 Sunday

JUNE, 1981
1 Monday

2 Tuesday

3 Wednesday

4 Thursday

5 Friday

6 Saturday

7 Sunday

8 Monday

9 Tuesday

10 Wednesday

11 Thursday

12 Friday

13 Saturday

RECORD: Six Pack EP released

14 Sunday

15 Monday

16 Tuesday

17 Wednesday

RECORD: Chunks compilation released

18 Thursday

19 Friday

SHOW: Black Flag / Adolescents / DOA / Minutemen, Santa Monica, CA @ Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
NOTES: National tour begins sometime after this date. show was taped

20 Saturday

21 Sunday

22 Monday

23 Tuesday

24 Wednesday

25 Thursday

26 Friday

27 Saturday

SHOW: Black Flag / Bad Brains / UXA, New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
SHOW: Black Flag, New York, NY @ A7 (afterparty)
NOTES: Henry Rollins sings with Black Flag at the A7.

28 Sunday

29 Monday

30 Tuesday

JULY, 1981
1 Wednesday

2 Thursday

3 Friday

4 Saturday

SHOW: Black Flag, Pittsburgh, PA @ Electric Banana

5 Sunday

6 Monday

7 Tuesday

8 Wednesday

9 Thursday

10 Friday

SHOW: Black Flag / SOA / Autistic Reactions, Philadelphia, PA @ Starlite Ballroom
NOTES: SOA plays its final show. Said show degenerates into a riot. Henry returns to DC, packs his shit, and heads for Detroit. Beginning of the Rollins era.

11 Saturday

SHOW: Black Flag, Boston, MA @ ???

12 Sunday

SHOW: Black Flag / the Freeze, Cape Cod, MA @ Mill Hill Club

13 Monday

14 Tuesday

SHOW: Black Flag / Necros, Detroit, MI @ Bookies
NOTES: Henry meets up with Black Flag. For the rest of the tour he's a roadie and comes out to sing the encores as a way of learning the tunes.

15 Wednesday

SHOW: Black Flag / Effigies / DV8, Chicago, IL @ Tut's
NOTES: Violent bouncers.

16 Thursday

17 Friday

SHOW: Black Flag, Milwaukee, WI @ Starship
NOTES: Date from a bootleg record.
SOME TIME AFTER THIS DATE:
SHOW: Black Flag, Minneapolis, MN @ ?Goofy's Upper Deck
SHOW: Black Flag, Salt Lake City, UT @ ???

18 Saturday

19 Sunday

20 Monday

21 Tuesday

22 Wednesday

23 Thursday

24 Friday

25 Saturday

26 Sunday

27 Monday

28 Tuesday

29 Wednesday

30 Thursday

31 Friday

AUGUST, 1981
1 Saturday

2 Sunday

3 Monday

4 Tuesday

5 Wednesday

6 Thursday

7 Friday

8 Saturday

9 Sunday

10 Monday

11 Tuesday

12 Wednesday

13 Thursday

14 Friday

15 Saturday

16 Sunday

17 Monday

18 Tuesday

19 Wednesday

20 Thursday

21 Friday

SHOW: Black Flag / Wasted Youth / Circle One, Costa Mesa, CA @ Cuckoo's Nest
NOTES: Henry's first gig.

22 Saturday

SHOW: Black Flag / Freeze, Boston, MA @ the Channel
NOTES: One-off show. Henry's first east coast gig with the Flag.
AFTER THIS DATE: Show in San Diego? (or is that the second Cuckoo's Nest gig?)

23 Sunday

24 Monday

25 Tuesday

26 Wednesday

SHOW: Black Flag / Minutemen / Descendents, Costa Mesa, CA @ Cuckoo's Nest
UPDATE: Ripper 5

27 Thursday

28 Friday

29 Saturday

30 Sunday

31 Monday

SEPTEMBER, 1981
1 Tuesday

RECORD: Let Them Eat Jellybeans compilation released

2 Wednesday

3 Thursday

4 Friday

5 Saturday

6 Sunday

7 Monday

8 Tuesday

9 Wednesday

10 Thursday

11 Friday

SHOW: Black Flag, Northridge, CA @ Devonshire Downs
NOTES: Some time after this date: short midwestern tour.

12 Saturday

13 Sunday

14 Monday

15 Tuesday

16 Wednesday

17 Thursday

18 Friday

19 Saturday

20 Sunday

21 Monday

22 Tuesday

23 Wednesday

24 Thursday

25 Friday

26 Saturday

27 Sunday

28 Monday

SHOW: Black Flag / Stellas, Milwaukee, WI @ Starship
NOTES: (I want this flyer!)

29 Tuesday

30 Wednesday

OCTOBER, 1981
1 Thursday

2 Friday

3 Saturday

4 Sunday

RECORD: Future Looks Bright compilation released

5 Monday

6 Tuesday

7 Wednesday

8 Thursday

9 Friday

SHOW: Black Flag, San Diego, CA @ ???

10 Saturday

SHOW: Black Flag, San Francisco, CA @ ???

11 Sunday

SHOW: Black Flag, San Francisco, CA @ ???

12 Monday

RECORD: Louie Louie single released

13 Tuesday

14 Wednesday

15 Thursday

16 Friday

17 Saturday

18 Sunday

19 Monday

20 Tuesday

SHOW: Black Flag, San Pedro, CA @ ???

21 Wednesday

SHOW: Black Flag, Huntington Beach, CA @ ???
NOTES: Chuck and Greg arrested before the show, but bailed out in time.

22 Thursday

23 Friday

SHOW: Black Flag / Ribsy / Unaware / War Zone, somewhere in CA @ Breiner Hall CANCELLED
NOTES: Van broke down.

24 Saturday

25 Sunday

26 Monday

27 Tuesday

28 Wednesday

29 Thursday

SHOW: Black Flag / Plastic Media / the Maltones / the Retorts / the Unaware / Ribsy, somewhere in CA @ Breiner Hall SHUT DOWN!
NOTES: Shut down by the police before Black Flag could play.

30 Friday

31 Saturday

SHOW: Black Flag / DOA / Saccharine Trust / Overkill, San Francisco, CA @ Elite Club

NOVEMBER, 1981
1 Sunday

SOMETIME THIS MONTH: Ripper 6

2 Monday

3 Tuesday

4 Wednesday

5 Thursday

6 Friday

SHOW: Black Flag, Tucson, AZ @ ???
NOTES: Dez put a bunch of bums on the guestlist.

7 Saturday

SHOW: Black Flag / Feederz, Phoenix, AZ @ Madison Square Gardens
NOTES: Frank Discussion (Feederz) kills a lab rat with a hammer.

8 Sunday

9 Monday

10 Tuesday

11 Wednesday

12 Thursday

13 Friday

14 Saturday

SHOW: Black Flag, Winchester, CA @ ???
NOTES: Dorm party. A friend of Henry's is raped at this show.

15 Sunday

RECORD: Rodney on the ROQ Vol 2 compilation released
SHOW: Black Flag / Saccharine Trust, Hemet, CA @ ???
NOTES: Party. Show was busted and Earl Liberty (Saccarine Trust) broke his leg and smashed out several teeth running from the cops.

16 Monday

17 Tuesday

18 Wednesday

19 Thursday

SHOW: Black Flag, San Francisco, CA @ Mabuhay Gardens

20 Friday

SHOW: Black Flag, San Francisco, CA @ Mabuhay Gardens

21 Saturday

SHOW: Black Flag, Riverside, CA @ ???
NOTES: Scream coalesces during a guitar-failure-induced jam. What happened to Henry? Don't ask me...

22 Sunday

23 Monday

24 Tuesday

25 Wednesday

26 Thursday

27 Friday

TOUR: Winter '81 tour begins
SHOW: Black Flag / Saccharine Trust / Dicks / Stains (MDC), Houston, TX @ the Island

28 Saturday

SHOW: Black Flag / Saccharine Trust / Dicks / Stains (MDC) / Big Boys, Austin, TX @ ALA Club

29 Sunday

30 Monday

DECEMBER, 1981
1 Tuesday

SHOW: Black Flag, Greensboro, NC @ ???

2 Wednesday

3 Thursday

SHOW: Black Flag / Saccharine Trust / Faith / Iron Cross, Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
NOTES: Henry's first time playing DC w/the Flag.

4 Friday

5 Saturday

SHOW: Black Flag / Damned / Anti-Nowhere League, London, England @ Lyceum

6 Sunday

7 Monday

8 Tuesday

9 Wednesday

10 Thursday

SHOW: Black Flag / Chelsea, Manchester, England @ ???

11 Friday

12 Saturday

SHOW: Black Flag / Exploited / Honeybane, London, England @ Rainbow

13 Sunday

14 Monday

15 Tuesday

SHOW: Black Flag / Chron Gen, London, England @ 100 Club (2 sets)

16 Wednesday

SHOW: Black Flag / Nig Heist, Colwyn Bay, Wales @ ???

17 Thursday

SHOW: Black Flag, Preston, England @ ???

18 Friday

19 Saturday

20 Sunday

SHOW: Black Flag / Damned / UK Subs / Chelsea / Vice Squad / Anti-Nowhere League / GBH, Leeds, England @ Christmas On Earth Festival
NOTES: Robo's last gig with Black Flag (he is detained while trying to leave the UK due to visa problems).

21 Monday

22 Tuesday

23 Wednesday

SHOW: Black Flag, New York, NY @ Mudd Club
NOTES: Bill Stevenson joins the band on drums.

24 Thursday

25 Friday

SHOW: Black Flag / Necros / Misfits, Passaic, NJ @ ??? (last minute show)
NOTES: show was taped

26 Saturday

SHOW: Black Flag, Boston, MA @ ???

27 Sunday

SHOW: Black Flag, New York, NY @ Peppermint Lounge

28 Monday

SHOW: Black Flag, Pittsburgh, PA @ Electric Banana
NOTES: Venue a guess

29 Tuesday

SHOW: Black Flag / Saccharine Trust / Husker Du, Chicago, IL @ 950 (2 sets)

30 Wednesday

31 Thursday

TOUR: Winter '81 tour ends
SHOW: Black Flag / Blasters, Los Angeles, CA @ ???

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