My Chemical Romance drummer fired after allegedly being caught in 'red-handed' theft


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.

More on
Spotify stalking: Everything I never wanted to know about my Facebook friends’ taste in music
Kristen Stewart makes her music video debut in Marcus Foster’s ‘I Was Broke': Watch it here
‘Moves Like Jagger’ hits number one on Billboard, continues tradition of singles you can only get on deluxe albums

Comments (21 total) Add your comment
  • District 12

    I thought the drummer looked new at their show in Denver a few nights ago, guess the drummer position with MCR is like the potions master job in HP, everyone who gets it is cursed!

    • District 12

      I meant DATDA job in HP, stupid EW wish there was an edit button for comments!

      • Tor

        Hunger Games AND Harry Potter? You rock!

    • Nichole

      Its actually Defense Against the Dark Arts. But, i concur with your analogy.

  • chuckles

    Steven Adler is available

  • Senor Stinkpants

    Lame band, lame music, lame fans, lame story

    • Jasiel

      This is not the place to diss on a band. This is not the place to get people worked up over a band they like. If you want to do what some of the best-known dissers do, go abd

      • Jasiel

        Oops. As I was saying, go like them on Facebook so you can diss on them and prove your point to the veterans and people you’re most harshly scrutinizing.

  • KC


    • Matt

      LoL, that is so lame now.

  • Aunt Sassy

    I can only imagine their fan sites over the weekend – it was probably total chaos. Sorry, but their fans are almost as over the top as Adam Lamberts.

    • failing_09


  • Jay

    My Chemical Romance? Is that still a thing? Jeez, I thought 2005 was long gone.

  • Lady

    So My Chem is now Spinal Tap only way less fun. They should’ve kept Bob, but he was too good for them.

  • Alex

    What is it with drummers? Why are they such a f****d up lot…?

  • Clete

    We are family, man…and we share the pot. We don’t steal it from each other…we steal it from outsiders.

  • Jasiel

    Legit fans often will admit their dislikes of the band. I have several, myself. However, I still love the band and their music. I’m not convinced that people like the majority of those who have commented on this are pleased by much of anything. No one but yourself enjoys reading your comments. They can qualify as cyber-bullying (not that anyone’s going to report you) and, more annoying than that, everyone who reads it knows you’re only doing it for yourself, rather than giving a legitimate reason for your argument against them. If they’re so horrible, surely you can come up with a few things to say to make your point–unless, of course, you don’t have one, in which case you are free to go on your own way feeling the gratifying effects of that totally awesome comment you posted about a band you hate who fired their drummer…. I just hope you’re not expecting to hear anything.

  • Sadie

    I was upset when I heard this. My Chemical Romance is one of my favorite bands. But all mistakes happen for a reason. I’m just trying to figure out how this one with be fixed… :) I love My Chemical Romance!!!

  • My name

    Who, really.. cares? Michael was nothing special. Like Bob. c:

  • viviennewestwood

    Interesting post and view, hope to hear more what the future holds THANKS Great post. Probably saved thousands of hours between everybody here. For me,this clearly is a heads up on which methods to focus on to maximise my online success . Ill start concentrating on your other articles instead. Really great advice. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ilovemcr

    So sad… and the haters on here not needed. The world is a mean place : / anyone heard of “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”? It just shows how immature people are. But great band, great music, I loved it from the beggining! Keep on rocking everyone!

Add your comment
The rules: Keep it clean, and stay on the subject - or we may delete your comment. If you see inappropriate language, e-mail us. An asterisk (*) indicates a required field.

When you click on the "Post Comment" button above to submit your comments, you are indicating your acceptance of and are agreeing to the Terms of Service. You can also read our Privacy Policy.

Latest Videos in Music


From Our Partners

TV Recaps

Powered by VIP