My Chemical Romance’s Ex-Drummer Explains His Firing

Michael Pedicone admits he made a 'tremendous mistake' and tried to frame a roadie.

The circumstances surrounding the firing of My Chemical Romance touring drummer Michael Pedicone last week were murky, to say the least. The bottom line, it appeared, was that something went missing and Pedicone appeared to be the culprit.

On Tuesday, the drummer issued a statement to Kerrang.com that offered a bit more detail about what caused his sacking. “As many of you have heard by now, on Thursday evening I was let go as the touring drummer for MCR,” he wrote, saying that the time since has been very difficult for him due to what he called the rampant “rumor mongering” on the Internet regarding the incident.

“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,” he explained about the roadie whom he apparently framed out of frustration. “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 crewmember 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.”

He also thanked the band, as well as their 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.”

The band issued a statement on its website about the firing on Friday, writing, “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.”

Pedicone has been replaced by Dead Country’s Jarrod Alexander for the remainder of MCR’s current outing with Blink-182 on the Honda Civic Tour.

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