My Chemical Romance has always seemed like a family. Since they started so soon after 9/11 ten years ago, their bond seemed unbreakable. Their appearances in Los Angeles have been well-attended. They have also resided here on and off throughout the years.
Their last online post was about the Reading and Leeds Festivalon 8/31. Before they took the stage in England, Frank had a few words for his bandmates: ‘“Your past doesn’t matter- what happened five years ago doesn’t matter- the only thing that matters is your friends on stage- and what you do tonight. That will last forever.” – Frank said this seconds before we killed the house-lights on stage at Reading- in a group hug, and in near darkness. And not to misquote him but this is what I heard in my head- maybe he said it more poetically, but he has a talent for being direct- which is what I love about him.’ It’s this feeling captured by lead singer, Gerard, that seems to have carried the band through the past ten years.
Those days are over. Their innocence has been robbed.
A heartbroken Frank poster the following:
Some sh*t happened last night and before the blogosphere gets all crazy with false statements and ridiculous opinions we want the true story to come from us… But please listen close because this is the only time we are ever going to talk about this. 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 band has no intention of pressing charges or taking this matter any further than we have to. 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. We are currently moving forward, and hope to have a new drummer in place for our show in Salt Lake City, Utah. The show must go on.
Though no details have been posted, some bands make quite a bit of money from merchandise sales – often in cash. I heard a convoluted story of a band borrowing money from their merch guy who then took it back from the band coffers. He found himself fired. Though he was only taking what was his, it was not done legally and that band was right to fire him.
It’s hard to believe that one of their own from the band would steal from the band. Certainly Michael Pedicone made a living wage in such a popular band. If he needed something, certainly his bandmates would have helped him out, no? Pedicone is their third drummer in ten years. Was it worth it, Michael Pedicone?