Dez Cadena

Dez Paul Cadena (born June 2, 1961 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American punk rock singer and guitarist. He was the third vocalist and later rhythm guitarist for hardcore punk band Black Flag. Cadena currently plays guitar with the Misfits having been the bands longest serving guitarist, initially joining the band alongside Doyle, Jerry Only & Robo for their 25th Anniversary Tour in 2001. He resides in Newark, New Jersey . His father, Ozzie Cadena, was a well-known A man in the music industry, and the co-founder of iconic jazz label Savoy Records. Dez Cadena joined Black Flag in 1980, replacing singer Ron Reyes. During the first year of touring with the band, his hoarse voice became a recognizable and often imitated style of singing in hardcore punk. Eventually, and due in part to straining his voice, Cadena decided he wanted to play guitar. Henry Rollins joined as vocalist, and for a period, Cadena played rhythm guitar alongside founder Greg Ginn, including on the seminal 1981 album Damaged. Cadena went on to play in DC3. Before, during and after his stint in Black Flag, Cadena was a member of Redd Kross, Twisted Roots, and Ella and the Blacks, a band which he co-founded.


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