I See Stars have been kicked off of “The Thug In Me Is You Tour” by Falling In Reverse frontman Ronnie Radke. As Radke, who himself has a long history of trouble with the law explains it, the band were ejected for using drugs and being unprofessional.
Radke‘s statement on the matter can be read below:
“I wanted to let everyone know I See Stars is no longer on the tour. We had offered them the tour several months back and then not long after we sent the offer, the entire band was arrested for drug possession. If you have been following my story, you know I am very serious about my sobriety and have been sober for 4+ years now. I decided to remove them from the tour at that time as I did not want drug users in my environment.
After we informed them they would no longer be on the tour for that reason, their label approached us and asked us to give them a 2nd chance, they assured us the band would not use drugs and they would be professional on my tour. We came to an agreement and I gave them their 2nd chance.
Throughout this entire tour, they have been unprofessional. They have rarely showed up on time and have caused undue difficulty on my crew plus employees of the various venues. It’s been next to impossible to keep the show running on time. I feel at this point we have no choice but to continue on without them.
We’re simply trying to deliver the best possible show to all you guys and we don’t feel like we can do that with I See Stars. We’re stoked to continue on with Enter Shikari, Letlive and Matt Toka (on select dates). I’ll see you at the shows. Love and respect, Ronnie.”
I See Stars, who were arrested drug possession in late August, countered Radke‘s statement with their own, which reads as follows:
“We have been kicked off the Falling In Reverse Tour by Ronnie Radke. It has nothing to do with “drugs” or “being late” His statement is entirely false. An official statement from Sumerian Records showing the truth of why we were removed is coming. All emails and contracts have been documented and will be shown publicly in the response to Ronnie‘s post.
You will find out exactly what happened and you will be disgusted to say the least. We promise you us getting ejected today has absolutely nothing to do with his lies about drug use on the tour or being late. It has everything to do with Ronnie‘s antagonistic violent behavior towards us, his ego, his malicious intent, his financial greed and his demands of no one being allowed to know the truth behind the scenes of this tour.”
The feud has since spilled over to Twitter with I See Stars‘ Andrew Oliver stating:
“I’m really bummed. We tried so hard to keep the peace. Unfortunately in the end one of us was threatened with violence, that’s just too much”
I See Stars‘ Zachary Johnson also made numerous tweets on the situation, with one in particular stating that violence occured between the two groups tour managers:
“Falling in reverses TM punches my tour manager. Thank you for yet another lawsuit.”
“Everyone who supports @ronnieradke. You will learn that he is a moral demon and a bad person. FUUUUCCCK YOU sincerely yours Zachary j”
I See Stars‘ apparent tour manager has confirmed that an altercation took place, offering the following via Twitter:
“Got punched in the face by @FIRofficial 47 year old TM Gary McDaniel. Violence is never the answer. @RonnieRadke has not changed one bit!!!”
“The last time I used violence as the answer was over fighting in the war for this country so FUCK YOU @FIRofficial @RonnieRadke and TM!!!”
“Thank you to everyone for the support right now! @RonnieRadke has not changed and still is the same guy who beat his GF and threw Mic stands”
“Having a security guard 24/7 just shows that @RonnieRadke talks that much shit that he needs security for fear of his ass getting kicked!!!!”