We mentioned this on Monday on the off hand it meant anything to anyone, but it appears there is more to the story regarding My Chemical Romance sacking their touring drummer Michael Pedicone for theft. And there was me thinking I would never mention them ever again…
So rather than straight-up five-finger discount vis-a-vis Michael Todd of Coheed & Cambria (again I say “bizarre”), there really was more to it than “herp-derp dumb”. In a statement made through UK bastion of untrve Kerrang!, Pedicone had the following to say:
“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.”
It was a stupid and shitty thing to do, no doubt. If you’ve got a problem with someone, deal with it through the proper channels. Maybe that way he would have stopped being an ass and they both would of kept their jobs.
I feel bad for wailing on the dude though; he obviously knows how badly he fucked up and feels absolutely terrible about it. As an aside I enjoyed his work on The Bled‘s Pass The Flask, and I’ve always been an advocate of personal actions and musical output being completely separate, so I hope he gets a new gig soon – and you can bet your ass he’ll never do that again. He’s only human and we all screw up from time to time, you know?
If you care, former Suicide File drummer Jarrod Alexander is filling in while the band carry on with their U.S. tour with Blink 182. Wow; what a pile of suck that must be.