by Dan Gibson
A tough break for former Tucsonan Mike Pedicone, who had been playing drums with My Chemical Romance as a hired hand since October, has been fired under nasty circumstances. The band's rhythm guitarist, Frank Iero, announced on the band's website Friday that Pedicone had been "caught red handed stealing from the band and confessed to police after [the] show [Thursday] night in Auburn, Washington" and that the band wouldn't discuss the matter further, other than that bands are family and family "should not take advantage of each other like he did".
What happened is more complicated than it sounds but I did make a mistake. It was never my intention to hurt this band or all of you.
And then today, in a letter to rock mag Kerrang:
Almost as soon as I began touring with MCR I ran into problems with a member of the band's crew who I'll not name. The problems were many, big and small, but some of them were large enough that they began to greatly impact me and, by extension, my family. I'd reached my wits' end, and I made what was certainly the poorest decision of my life. Rather than address the issues that I had with the crew member in an open and honest manner, I tried to make them look irresponsible. My intention was to make this person look incompetent. I had no intention of profiting whatsoever. Again, I cannot overstate how poor my judgment was in this situation; it was a tremendous mistake, and it's one I'll regret for years to come.
I would have liked an opportunity to share my side of the story with MCR, an opportunity to express my remorse. I was never given one.
Best of luck, Mike. Since My Chemical Romance has continued to side with the Sound Strike artist boycott, you might be better off without them.