Falling in Reverse Frontman Plots 'Therapeutic' Tour With Band That Fired Him
Ronnie Radke says there was not a lot of drama in putting together next year's joint tour of his current band, Falling In Reverse, and his former group, Escape The Fate.
"I just woke up one day and thought what better therapeutic way to forgive somebody and get over something than to tour with them," Radke, who was booted by Escape The Fate in 2008 after being sentenced to two years in jail for parole violation (Craig Mabbitt now fronts the group) and got Falling In Reverse going upon his release in 2010, tells Billboard. "So I made the call, and they agreed and jumped on board. They came over to my house and we went from there, worked out the logistics and everything. Now it's pretty much full force, ready to go. It's a tour people never thought they'd ever see, so it's exciting."
The appropriately named Bury The Hatchet Tour kicks off Jan. 14 in Los Angeles and will play 24 dates coast to coast before wrapping up Feb. 14 in Ponoma, Calif. Both bands will still be promoting 2013 releases -- Escape The Fate's "Ungrateful," which came out in May, and Falling In Reverse's "Fashionably Late" from June. This week, the band released a video for latest single, "Bad Girls Club."
Falling In Reverse, meanwhile, is in the midst of a 10-date An Evening With Falling In Reverse -- Unplugged & Uncensored tour, which features an acoustic performance, a Q&A and Meet & Greet with the band and a signed poster and souvenir laminate, with proceeds benefiting The Living The Dream Foundation for sick and disabled children and young adults.
"We've done this a couple of times, and this is easy," says Radke. "This is not work. I never considered (music) actual, real work anyway, but this show is very easy and simple. It's just gonna be a fun and quick little run, and we're really excited about it. I feel like I've never really given my core fans something they can remember forever, and this is something they can take home and remember forever 'cause everybody that comes in the door gets to meet us, take pictures with us, spend time with us before the show -- which is really unorthodox in what we're used to doing."
Falling In Reverse plans to do more touring in 2014 after the Bury The Hatchet trek, and Radke is preparing a new rap mixtape for free distribution during December. He says it will feature guest appearances by Mabbitt, Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix, Black Veil Brides' Andy Biersack and others.
"I feel like I've never done much in that scene, especially with rock people," Radke explains "I figured I might as well take a new approach to our scene and do something that will be remembered, especially with that many people singing. It's pretty dope."