My Chemical Romance has parted ways with most recent drummer Michael Pedicone in appropriately melodramatic fashion, posting a message to its official website that read, “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 statement then continued that, while the band members had no intention of turning it into a criminal case, “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.” They later announced that they had replaced Pedicone with Dead Country drummer Jarrod Alexander, who presumably knows the importance of family and not stealing things from them.
As for the specifics of what, exactly, Pedicone is meant to have made off with—other than My Chemical Romance’s ability to trust—details remain hazy, although Pedicone did have this to say in his defense: “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. It was an error in judgment based on a whole other situation that's way deeper but this does not define me.” Pedicone expanded on that deeper, “whole other situation” in a statement he issued to Kerrang, saying that it stemmed from problems he had with an unnamed member of the band’s crew—claiming “some of them were large enough that they began to greatly impact me and, by extension, my family”—and that, instead of just confronting that crew member, he attempted to solve them by framing that crew member by making them “look incompetent.” Pedicone then lamented the fact that he was never given an opportunity to “share my side of the story,” as surely the band could have forgiven having their stuff stolen, if only they’d known that it was just a ruse to get a member of their crew fired under false pretenses.
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