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Former My Chemical Romance Drummer Reacts to Sudden Firing

Mary Ouellette,

We recently reported on the firing of My Chemical Romance drummer Michael Pedicone, who was accused of stealing from the band and promptly dismissed. Now, Pedicone has responded to the allegations in a statement he released to Kerrang! magazine.

In the statement, Pedicone calls the situation a miscommunication in which he exhibited poor judgment. He claims that he never stole from the band and that in fact he was simply trying to make another pesky crew member look incompetent.

He explains the situation as follows, “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.”

Pedicone 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.”

He ended the statement thanking the band, their crew, and their fans and called his time with My Chemical Romance ‘some of the best musical experiences’ of his life and a ‘dream come true.’

Since Pedicone’s dismissal was almost instantaneous, the band has since recruited former Suicide File drummer Jarrod Alexander to fill in while MCR finishes off the Honda Civic Tour with Blink-182.

In what will surely become a take-sides situation, who do you believe?

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