Mike Pedicone Fired By My Chemical Romance
9/6/2011 UPDATE: Today, drummer Mike Pedicone issued a more detailed explanation of the events leading to his dismissal from My Chemical Romance. Here’s the text of his statement:
“To the media, my colleagues in the music industry, and, most importantly, the fans of My Chemical Romance.
“As many of you have heard by now, on Thursday evening I was let go as the touring drummer for MCR. The ensuing hours have been difficult for many reasons, but particularly because the actions that led to my dismissal have been twisted and misinterpreted via rumour mongering on the internet. With this, I’d like to put the rumours to rest.
“Almost as soon as I began touring with MCR I ran into problems with a member of the band’s crew who I’ll not name. The problems were many, big and small, but some of them were large enough that they began to greatly impact me and, by extension, my family. I’d reached my wits’ end, and I made what was certainly the poorest decision of my life. Rather than address the issues that I had with the crew member in an open and honest manner, I tried to make them look irresponsible. My intention was to make this person look incompetent. I had no intention of profiting whatsoever. Again, I cannot overstate how poor my judgment was in this situation; it was a tremendous mistake, and it’s one I’ll regret for years to come.
“I would have liked an opportunity to share my side of the story with MCR, an opportunity to express my remorse. I was never given one.
“I’d like to thank MCR’s members, crew, and supporters for giving me some of the best musical experiences of my life in the past several months. However brief our partnership, it was an honour and a dream come true to play with such a talented bunch of individuals. I wish MCR the best of luck in the future, and I’m looking forward to my next endeavour.
Thank you, Michael Pedicone.”
9/5/2011 UPDATE: After the blogosphere lit up for the past two days with reports about My Chemical Romance sacking their drummer for allegedly “stealing,” the fired drummer, Mike Pedicone, responded on Twitter. “What happened is more complicated than it sounds but I did make a mistake,” he wrote. “It was never my intention to hurt this band or all of you. It was an error in judgment based on a whole other situation that’s way deeper but this does not define me.”
THIS WAS AN UPDATE
The members of My Chemical Romance had yet another Spinal Tap “drummer” moment when their most recent sticksman, Mike Pedicone (pictured above), was fired last Thursday for allegedly stealing from the band. Details are sketchy, but the band did release the following statement on its website:
“Some s*it happened 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 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 [tonight] (September 3). The show must go on.”
The band acted quickly, and had Jarrod Alexander (Dead Country, Death By Stereo, Suicide File) on the drum throne for the Salt Lake City show. It’s still unclear whether Alexander is a temporary or ongoing replacement for Pedicone. We will keep you updated.
Pedicone replaced former drummer Bob Byar, who quit the band in 2010 after winning the coveted Drummies! Award for Mainstream Pop Drummer in 2009. (Bryar replaced original MCR drummer Matt Pelissier in 2004).
For the history books, here’s a glimpse of one of Pedicone’s final performances with My Chemical Romance last weekend at the Reading Festival (with none other than Queen guitarist Brian May sitting in):