Dance Gavin Dance forced onto hiatus after laptop scam singer is arrested for five new offences relating to substance abuse
Dance Gavin Dance have been forced onto hiatus after drug addict singer Jonny Craig was jailed for new offences relating to his substance abuse.
The band stuck behind him after he scammed over $8000 from a number of his fans by pretending to sell them a laptop. He later admitted he’d sold the same non-existent machine to a number of people and spent the money on drugs.
Craig, who’d also been singing with Emarosa, went into rehab in February and his management and label vowed no fan would be left out of pocket.
He was arrested last week in California on two counts of illegal drug use, two counts of possession and one count of failing to appear in court. Bail was set at $15,000.
In the light of the development Dance Gavin Dance say: “We regret to inform everyone that due to circumstances beyond our control, we have been forced to cancel our upcoming tour. We apologise to everyone that bought tickets and was looking forward to coming out and seeing us and the rest of the bands.”
Guitarist Will Swan adds: “DGD is on hiatus until Jonny can get his life together. Tour is not the environment for that.”
Craig left rehab in March and told said: “My actions in taking advantage of fans was inexcusable. My state of mind was completely shot and my decision-making skills were heavily impaired through my drug use.
“I’m embarrassed by my actions and I want to make amends to everyone I hurt. I’m in the process of paying everyone back. Please forgive me.
“I’ve since been in detox and successfully completed the treatment. I’ve learned a lot from this ordeal and realised I have a second chance.”