If you’re a bit of a latecomer when it comes to these things, vocalist Johny Craig has once again been kicked out of Dance Gavin Dance. Craig and the band have each respectively issued statements on the matter, that heavily contradict each other.
By now you have all heard that I’m no longer with DGD. I’ve decided its time for me to focus on my solo project moving forward. I appreciate my time in Dance Gavin Dance, but its time for me to move on and concentrate on my solo career. I wish the best for those dudes and the success of DGD. I have a solo tour in the UK in October and will be announcing a Full US Tour shortly. Stay tuned for the next chapter in Jonny Craig’s career.
On the other hand, the rest of Dance Gavin Dance released that Craig did not leave for artistic reasons, but that he was finally given the boot after being publicly called out by the head of Sumerian Records in this tweet:
@jonnycraig4l Yo you drug addict low class thief. You have 5 minutes to apologize to everyone you have wronged on @theallstarstour or urgone.
It seems that Dance Gavin Dance was finally fed up with Craig being a complete douchebag, for lack of a better word.
When Jonny rejoined Dgd, we were about to call it quits. Tired of touring and being away from home for 8 months of the year, we wanted to shake things up. We thought it’d be fun to do a dbm sequel with Jonny and go out on that. We recorded dbm2 and felt it would be a disservice to our fans not to let them hear the new record live. We did a tour and felt rejuvenated but Jonny wasn’t in a good place. After trying to convince him into getting help over warped tour, we canceled a headliner in November/December 2011 and told him we wouldn’t tour until he sought out real help for his addiction.
We got our good friend Matt Geise to fill in for a short run we did earlier this year while Jonny was in rehab. He was released and wanted to be out on the road immediately. We weren’t sure how things would go so we only booked a small portion of the all stars tour to see if Jonny could still function as our lead singer. After a week and a half things were not going well. Everything came to a head when Jonny was publicly scolded by the owner of sumerian records for multiple offenses. It was then that we realized that our time with Jonny had reached its end. We wish Jonny the best In his future endeavors but he will no longer be a part of DGD. We however will continue playing and writing music because it’s what we love doing.
I’ll leave it up to you to decide which one you’re going to believe.