He issues a statement...
Holly Frith
08:00 7th September 2011

My Chemical Romance's former drummer Michael Pedicone has issued a statement regarding his recent sacking from the band.

The band released a statement last weekend (September 3) after sacking Mike Pedicone from the band when the drummer was caught ‘red-handed’ stealing after a concert in Washington.

After a number of rumours appeared online following his sacking, Pedicone has now drafted a statement for Kerrang! Magazine to set the issue straight.

He says: 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.

He added: "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. I'd like to thank MCR's members, crew, and supporters for giving me some of the best musical experiences of my life in the past several months. However brief our partnership, it was an honour and a dream come true to play with such a talented bunch of individuals. I wish MCR the best of luck in the future.''

In an exclusive interview with Gigwise at this year's Leeds festival, the band's frontman Gerard Way said they will return to the studio later this year to work on the follow-up to 2010's 'Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys'.

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