We haven’t really been following all this recent news surrounding Ronnie Radke of Falling In Reverse because a) it’s been known that he’s a terrible excuse for a person and b) not many people on this side of the metal line seem to care about the type of bands he’d show up in. For those of you who don’t know, here’s a recap of his recent escapades, all of which are re-capped in the video above calling out Radke on his behavior:
Tendency to kick out fans of other bands from his show
Has been known to spit on audience members
Involved in domestic abuse
Responsible for an incident which caused several injures, leading Six Flags to ban all hardcore/metal shows in the future.
But it seems that everyone in the industry still let Radke have his way, because he’s the frontman to several successful bands, and it’s likely that his shows will sell tickets without a problem. Of course, that was until Radke kicked Sumerian Records artists I See Stars from his tour due to being “unprofessional” and getting busted for marijuana. If it had been someone with more of a history of being morally and legally upstanding, then that would have been fair enough. Though, Radke kicking bands off of tours for being unprofessional is deliciously ironic.
Ex- Sworn Enemy guitarist and apparent pro-wrestler (if I were to guess, I dunno) Lorenzo “The Main Event” Antonucci put together a video calling out Radke on his behavior, and it is seething. I had no idea who Lorenzo Antonucci was prior to this video, but he seems like a cool guy. Maybe it’s my childhood appreciation for wrestling coming back to me (seriously though, is he a wrestler?), but it’s always fun to see the big dudes using their power to put assholes in their place. Ronnie Radke seems like the worst kind of person, and it’s good that people from all fronts are making it clear that they aren’t going to put up with him any longer.
Here’s I See Stars and Sumerian’s take on the events:
“All it takes is a spark to ignite my bad intentions.” – Ronnie Radke/Falling In Reverse
Here is the truth:
Months ago before “The Thug In Me Is You” tour started, a cop found marijuana in our van. We were arrested. As a result, Ronnie said we were kicked off the upcoming tour.
All the shows on the tour were already on sale with our name being advertised, so we didn’t think it was fair to the fans or to ourselves to not be able to go play where people were expecting us. We offered Ronnie to play the shows for free so he could keep our pay every night of the entire tour as long as we could still keep our commitment to the fans, i.e. the people who are the reason any of this is even possible. Ronnie said OK and allowed us back on the tour but said that we would have to sign paperwork saying we would not tell anyone that we weren’t getting paid to be on the tour. The venues and the fans were both not allowed to know the truth, because Ronnie knew it would make him look really bad to the world. The fact that money changed Ronnie’s mind about kicking us off the tour just goes to show his lack of integrity. If he was really that concerned or fundamentally against that we got caught with a little weed, then the extra cash in his pocket wouldn’t have changed his decision.
Because Sumerian Records was willing to give us a serious amount of financial tour support, we were still able to hit the road without getting paid. However we would quickly find out that us agreeing to Ronnie’s ridiculous terms of silence and playing for free were simply not good enough for him. He resulted to threatening violence against Zach in Grand Rapids because “he didn’t like his stupid f’n face” and then the next night in our hometown of Detroit kicked us off the tour. His 47-year old tour manager then physically assaulted our tour manager and the FIR camp once again resorted to violent behavior. Ronnie would later that night throw fans out who paid to get in to the show because they are chanting another band’s name and make fun of their physical attributes in front of everyone. That is the act of a true coward.
We have been lucky enough to to tour with a lot of great bands like Parkway Drive, Suicide Silence, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Motionless In White, A Day To Remember, Stick To Your Guns, Memphis May Fire, The Word Alive and others.. and never had a problem. We want to thank Enter Shikari, LetLive, Matt Toka and all the other members of Falling In Reverse besides Ronnie for being great people and a true pleasure to tour with. We are sorry to all the fans out there who were expecting to see us. We’ll be back as soon as we can.
-I See Stars
There is nothing cool, rock & roll, punk rock, or admirable about treating your peers or fans like they are pieces of garbage. Ronnie Radke is not a good human being. It’s one thing to love someone’s music, but do not love someone as an individual for who they are not. We do not think it is a coincidence this is the same guy who was arrested for the horrible, violent things you can read about in the links below. He cares about no one but himself and he has reminded us all of this. His latest tweet “people at our shows come to see us everything else is irrelevant. Nuff said.” is his way of telling all the other bands he tours with that they don’t matter. Why any artist would throw that type of negativity and disrespect out is something we will never understand. This scene is supposed to be about compassion and understanding. Ronnie is rotten.
Out of respect for the industry professionals involved in this debacle, we will not be publicly disclosing any legal documents on the internet. We can confirm that Ronnie kicked the band off the tour but allowed them back on after they forfeited their pay. We can confirm that they were being forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement regarding this in order to stay on the tour. We can confirm that I See Stars were not kicked off yesterday in Detroit because of anything to do with drugs. It was because a grown man was throwing a temper tantrum who claims to be “rock & roll” but is actually worse than a neurotic pop-star diva with a God complex. Just because you no longer do drugs doesn’t mean you are no longer a horrible human being. Ronnie now abuses people instead of substances.”
We’ll let you know if anything else interesting comes of this, though given Radke’s history, it seems likely.