Pedicone admits theft that got him fired was “tremendous mistake” but says he was trying to deal with personnel issue

Michael Pedicone

Mistake: Michael Pedicone

Michael Pedicone says the act of theft which got him sacked from My Chemical Romance was an attempt to frame a member of the band’s crew.

The drummer admits he made a “tremendous mistake” but claims his relationship with the unnamed crewman was making his life unbearable – and that’s what led him to such extreme measures.

Full details of the incident backstage in Washington on Thursday have not been revealed, although a statement from the band said Pedicone “was caught red-handed stealing from the band and confessed to police.”

Now the drummer tells 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 judgement was in this situation. It was a tremendous mistake and one I’ll regret for years to come.”

Pedicone says he wasn’t given the chance to explain his side of the story to his former bandmates and he wishes he’d had the opportunity to apologise for what happened.

He adds: “i’d like to thank MCR’s members, crew and supporters for giving me some of the best musical experiences of my life. 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 and I’m looking forward to my next endeavour.”

Pedicone joined the band as touring drummer last year. He’s been replaced by Dead Country’s Jarrod Alexander while they continue their tour with Blink 182.

My Chem, fronted by Gerard Way, say they have no plans to press charges and “just want him out of our lives.”

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