Following Mike Pedicone’s firing as drummer for My Chemical Romance last week he’s released a statement via Kerrang telling his side of the story…. well, kind of.
“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.”
He goes on to thank MCR for the opportunity to play with them and the experiences he had on tour, and wishes them “the best of luck in the future.”
How do you feel about Pedicone’s statement and do you think MCR would have acted differently if he’d have a chance to tell his side of things?