Okay fuckos, here's the story behind the gig:
Black Flag was scheduled to fill in for "The US Airforce Orchestra" after they couldnt attend so BF told the park owner that (according to Keith Morris, singer of Black Flag) "we had some Fleetwood Mac songs in our set."
The gig was supposed to be part of a series of gigs called "Concerts in the Park" which consisted of mainly jazz or hard rock bands. So when many of the mothers and fathers in the park heard that Black Flag was playing, they assumed that they were another old, children friendly, jazz band. Keith Morris says, "all of a sudden there's this line of leather-clad, torn Levis, black t-shirts, spiky dyed hair guys coming in: surf rats, skaters, skiers, a sprinkling of druggie friends... "
When the mighty Black Flag stepped on stage, the mayham began to occur and thats about the time when the picnicking families realized the same thing. Keith: "The first thing I remember saying is, 'We're loud, and if you don't like that, you can go watch Walt Disney.' Then we
launched into our set, and for ten minutes it rained orange peels, cantaloupes, half-eaten Kentucky Fried Chicken drumsticks."
Needless to say, the gig was a complete catastrophe. A few days later, the Manhattan Beach Recreation Department's Special Events Supervisor apologized in a press release: "We plan to screen and audition every act from now on...so nothing like this will ever happen again."
Fuck the man.
Most of their best gigs were near-riots anyway: