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Former MCR drummer comments on what led to his sacking

By | Published on Wednesday 7 September 2011

Michael Pedicone

Short-lived My Chemical Romance drummer Michael Pedicone has spoken about the circumstances around his abrupt axing from the band last weekend. As previously reported, Pedicone, who joined MCR late last year to replace previous drummer Bob Bryar, was fired last week after apparently being caught stealing from the band.

After MCR guitarist Frank Iero confirmed the reason for Pedicone’s dismissal, the drummer took to Twitter to say the situation was “more complicated” than the band’s statement suggested. Now, via a statement given to Kerrang!, he’s revealed last week’s incident was the result of an ongoing feud between him and a member of MCR’s tour crew. He says he accepts that he did something very stupid – seemingly in a bid to embarrass said tour crew member – but that his actions were not straightforward theft.

Says Pedicone: “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. 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”.

On the stealing incident, he continues: “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’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”.

As previously reported, Dead Country’s Jarrod Alexander has been filling in on drums for MCR’s live shows since Pedicone’s axing.