Flipper last performed together in 2005, but even back then, the punk legends weren’t at 100%. Frontman Bruce “Loose” Calderwood injured his back in a 1994 car accident and had never really been the same. In 2009, another accident made extended touring for Calderwood a practical impossibility. It’s only now, however, that the singer has officially retired from the band — though that’s not stopping them from getting back together.
As the seminal noise rockers announced on Facebook (via Stereogum), Calderwood has been replaced by former Jesus Lizard frontman David Yow. Yow will first take the stage with the band on a trio of Italian tour dates come November, with the possibility of San Francisco and Los Angeles shows also on the horizon.
No specifics on when or where the shows will take place have been revealed as of press time. Below, read drummer Stephen DePace’s Facebook announcement of the lineup shift and tour plans:
“Bruce Loose is retired from Flipper! He has suffered from a broken back since 1994. It has gotten to the point now where Bruce finds it impossible to continue with performing and touring.
“We want to thank Bruce for being part of what was a hell of a run from 1979 to now!
“With all the ups and downs and craziness that is all part of the punk rock package we managed to make ‘music history’ with this band. For that and all the fun we had, we are eternally grateful.
“Bruce is moving on to do solo projects and Ted Falconi along with Steve DePace are going to carry on with long time 5th Flipper, Bruno DeSmartass on bass and we will be performing 3 shows in Italy with David Yow, formerly of Scratch Acid and the Jesus Lizard.”