Hot on the heels of a successful Leeds/Reading festival performance and the release of new single “The Only Hope For Me Is You”, My Chemical Romance have fired their touring drummer Michael Pedicone after an incident last Thursday. In a statement posted on the band’s official blog by guitarist and back up vocalist Frank Iero, MCR attempted to set the facts straight.
“Some shit 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”
While a seemingly straightforward dismissal of a touring member, albeit for improper conduct, this tale becomes all the more interesting when Pedicones own comments of the matter through his @shredicone Twitter account are considered.
Apologetically Pedicone tweeted “What happened is more complicated than it sounds but I did make a mistake. It was never my intention to hurt this band or all of you.” followed shortly after by the further explanation “It was an error in judgement based on a whole other situation that’s way deeper but this does not define me”.
The whole vagueness of the event was intriguing to say the least. In an interview with Kerrang! Magazine, Pedicone made efforts to set the record straight by detailing how a long running dispute with a member of the MCR crew had led to his dismissal. “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”.
The band are continuing their US tour in support of Blink 182 with Former Suicide File drummer Jarrod Alexander filling in on drumming duties.
Outside of this conflict, My Chemical Romance have released their new single “The Only Hope For Me Is You”. The EP includes the bands cover of Pulp’s ‘Common People’, recorded at the BBC Radio 1 Studios, and a remix of ‘The Kids From Yesterday’ by the Radio 1 rock show host, Daniel P Carter. Currently available to download on itunes the optimistic near ballad is the fourth single from the album “Danger Days…” which I personally feel is polished by the chunkier Daniel P. Carter mix of The Kids From Yesterday which shows shades of early Smashing Pumpkins in its riffage while the undoubtedly most popular track of the package is their closing cover of Common People which unfortunately sounds like every other cover of Common People, a song choice whose novelty has been effectively ground out of existence. The whole package seems fairly solid for a single, but a little light for an EP.