Being a drummer in a successful band must be a slightly weird thing. On one hand, you’re making cash doing something you love, traveling the world, getting laid, what-have-you. On the other hand, you’re sort of always in your fellow band mates’ shadows, and maybe all you’re doing is watching the lead singer get laid. I mean, with the exception of Travis Barker how many punk drummers can you name? Either way, I was still pretty shocked to find out My Chemical Romance drummer, Michael Pedicone, was caught stealing from his band mates, who understandably shit canned him on the spot.
Here’s the official statement from the band:
Some shit 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.
“Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” was the band’s last album, released last November on Reprise Records.