My Chemical Romance Drummer Fired For Stealing From The Band
My Chemical Romance have announced the end of their relationship with current drummer Michael Pedicone after he was "caught red-handed stealing from the band".
It's been somewhat of a weird year in music, there have been lots of crime/internal theft scenarios causing strife between major bands like Coheed and Cambria and Breaking Benjamin. The latest band to join that unfortunate group of musical artists is alt-rockers My Chemical Romance.
In a statement on the band's official website they announced the permanent departure of Michael Pedicone, who joined the band in late 2010 to replace previous drummer Bob Bryar. Guitarist Frank Iero wrote:
"Hello all, Some s--- happened last night and before the blogosphere gets all crazy with false statements and ridiculous opinions we want the true story to come from us... But please listen close because this is the only time we are ever going to talk about this. The relationship between My Chemical Romance and Michael Pedicone is over. He was caught red handed stealing from the band and confessed to police after our show last night in Auburn, Washington. We are heartbroken and sick to our stomachs over this entire situation. The band has no intention of pressing charges or taking this matter any further than we have to. We just want him out of our lives. The people who play in this band are a family, and family should not take advantage of each other like he did. We are currently moving forward, and hope to have a new drummer in place for our show in Salt Lake City, Utah. The show must go on. XOMCR"
Pedicone responded (and kind of admitted) to the allegations via Twitter, claiming the incident was not so cut and dry.
Pedicone is the third drummer to part ways with the band, although his two predecessors left on much better terms.
Alternative Press has reported that My Chemical Romance did in fact find a replacement for Pedicone before their Salt Lake City show on September 3rd -- they are confirming that Jarrod Alexander of Dead Country has taken over drumming duties. There is currently no word on whether Alexander will remain with the band long term or just a series of shows. You can currently catch them on the road with Blink-182 on the Honda Civic Tour, the remaining dates are as follows:
09/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ Xcel Center
09/08 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
09/09 – Kansas City, MO @ Sandstone Amphitheater
09/10 – Indianapolis, IN@ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
09/11 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Centre
09/13 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
09/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
09/16 – Saratoga, NY @ SPAC
09/17 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
09/18 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
09/20 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
09/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheater
09/23 – Miami, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheater
09/24 – Tampa, FL @ 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
09/26 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
09/27 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
09/29 – Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
09/30 – Phoenix, AZ @ Tempe Beach Park Amphitheatre
10/01 – Anahiem, CA @ Honda Center
10/02 – Sacramento, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
10/04 – Concord, CA @ Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
10/05 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
10/07 – Las Vegas, NV @ Red Rock Resort, Spa & Casino
10/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
10/15 – San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre