My Chemical Romance Kick Drummer Michael Pedicone to the Curb For Stealing
My Chemical Romance drummer (well, former) Michael Pedicone learned the hard way that thieves don't get paid. The touring drummer, who had been with the band for a year, was caught stealing from his bandmates at their show in Auburn, Washington on Thursday.
MCR released a statement regarding Pedicone being let go, but said specifically "this is the only time we are ever going to talk about this." A blog post uploaded to the band's website on Friday, Sept. 2, reads:
"Some sh-- 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."
The band is led by frontman Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero and bassist Mikey Way, but Pedicone was the group's staple tour drummer. They are currently on the road and scheduled to play at the USANA Ampitheater in SLC tonight, drummer or no drummer, we assume. Their tour runs through October 8.