My Chemical Romance

Michael Pedicone has unjoined the Black Parade.

The drummer for New Jersey rock lords My Chemical Romance—the band’s third since their 2001 inception—was summarily fired following an incident of alleged theft following a concert in Washington state.

The story, according to a blog entry posted by guitarist Frank Iero Sept. 2 on the band’s official website:

Some s– 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.


Pedicone, who replaced longtime drummer Bob Bryar last year (Bryar, in turn, replaced original drummer Matt Pelissier), came to MCR from Arizona hardcore outfit The Bled.

He tweeted his own response to the incident, saying somewhat cryptically: “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. … It was an error in judgment based on a whole other situation that’s way deeper but this does not define me.”

MCR quickly carried on, playing a show Saturday night in Utah with replacement drummer Jarrod Alexander.

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