Rock band My Chemical Romance has parted ways with its drummer after he was caught stealing money from the band. Exactly what happened is still a bit unclear, but at some point after the group’s September 1st gig, Michael Pedicone was caught “red-handed” pilfering funds from the communal pot. The police were called, and the drummer supposedly confessed. He was immediately fired, and the band hit up its official website to inform fans of what happened. Here’s what MCR had to say…
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.

I must say I greatly respect My Chemical Romance for vowing to not address this issue any further. Too often bands get stuck in bitching and complaining about the past. Obviously what Pedicone did was an egregious betrayal of trust, but it serves no one’s interests to continue harping on it. Sometimes good people make mistakes. You go in different directions and hope for the best.

The drumming slot in My Chemical Romance has been the only position that’s fluctuated regularly during the band’s career. Matt Pellisier led the percussion section until 2004 when he was replaced by Bob Bryar who lasted until 2010. Pedicone took over shortly after, but obviously he’s now gone. Jarrod Alexander has been brought in to continue the tour. Hopefully, he’s able to finally jam a wedge into the revolving door.

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