"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," the statement reads.
Defending himself, Pedicone 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."
The band announced Pedicone's dismissal on their website, saying, "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."
Though Pedicone didn't fully elaborate on what happened between him and the crew member, 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."
Pedicone joined My Chemical Romance late last year, replacing Bob Bryar. "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," Pedicone added in the statement. "However brief our partnership, it was an honour and a dream come true to play with such a talented bunch of individuals."
Jarrod Alexander, former Suicide File member and currently of Dead Country, has joined My Chemical Romance for the remainder of the Honda Civic Tour, alongside Blink-182.