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Ex-Black Veil Brides Bassist Ashley Purdy Says He Still Owns Half Of The Band


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In addition to renovating and flipping houses, former Black Veil Brides bassist Ashley Purdy has been actively pursuing a music career on his own since being let go from the aforementioned band late last year. Among his latest output is the below music video for his solo track “King For A Day“, which he directed, produced and wrote the treatment for.

Speaking recently to Altpress.com, Purdy opened up on his mental health struggles, including a number of personal struggles and deaths in the family that led him to therapy. He spoke a bit about that:

“I think going through therapy allowed me to be more honest. And that’s all I want to be anymore. When you go through stuff and you live through stuff and you survived it, you have a different perspective on the world and life itself.

I don’t know if a lot of fans know. Part of why I moved to Nashville was [because I was] raised by my grandparents. My grandmother died while we were in the middle of a Black Veil Brides tour. When I got home [from tour] I needed some change. Other family members had passed and stuff. Every single male in my family has committed suicide. My father, my uncle, my grandfather, it’s like I fall in that lineage, as well as alcoholism.

Then after my grandmother passed, my grandfather was still alive in Missouri, which is close to Nashville. So I thought, “OK, I want to move closer to Missouri, but Nashville is still Music City, so I can still make music.” But when I moved here, it was in December, like a week before Christmas. And I thought, “This is the first Christmas we’re going to spend without my grandmother, who is the woman who raised me.” I traveled to Missouri to spend it with my grandfather.

While I was driving up there on Christmas Eve, I was 30 minutes out of my grandfather’s house. He shot himself. I arrived to the house, and he was dead. And that was the reason I moved to Nashville: to be with him and because we just missed her. That was our first Christmas without her, and they were married for 60 years…

After that all happened, I was like, ‘All my family members are gone. They’re all dead. I’m in Nashville by myself. Why did I do it? Why am I here?’ So I went down that hole of just drinking. And then trying to figure it out and then I just thought I needed some therapy. I tried to go to therapy. It wasn’t working. I tried to kill myself a couple of times. Instead of killing myself, I decided to get intensive therapy…”

The above comments may give some clarity to the headlines Purdy made late last year after being arrested for a suspected DUI. As for his relationship with his former band, Purdy claims to currently own 50% of the Black Veil Brides ‘corporation’ with negotiations ongoing for the other co-owner, frontman Andy Biersack to buy him out. He commented of that:

“I’m still like, ‘Well, what can I say?’ What can I say without lawyers still contacting me and saying, ‘Hey, we don’t like that you said that’? I mean, I still don’t know, to be honest. I guess I can say this because it is the truth. On Feb. 26 at 1 p.m., I still currently own half of Black Veil Brides right now.

The realization is like it’s a corporate buyout. It’s like me and Andy [Biersack own the] corporation 50% each. And they still have to compensate me for them wanting me to depart. But that hasn’t happened yet. And we’re still in negotiations about what that is. I don’t know how to approach it because it’s not finalized yet.”

Generally it is commonplace for founding members—or at least key songwriters, etc.—of bands to form a partnership behind the scenes to handle the business end behind the scenes. Presumably Purdy is referring to such an arrangement.

Black Veil Brides themselves have since replaced Purdy with Lonnny Eagleton and will be touring this spring with In This Moment, DED and Raven Black on the below run:

03/24 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues (tickets)
03/26 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle (tickets)
03/27 Birmingham, AL – Sloss Furnaces (tickets)
03/28 Cherokee, NC – Harrah’s Cherokee Events Center (tickets)
03/30 Richmond, VA – The National (tickets)
03/31 Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore (tickets)
04/01 New York, NY – Terminal 5 (tickets)
04/03 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre (tickets)
04/04 Cleveland, OH – The Agora Ballroom (tickets)
04/05 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE (tickets)
04/07 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works (tickets)
04/09 Columbus, OH – Express Live! (tickets)
04/10 Detroit, MI – Fillmore (tickets)
04/11 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom (tickets)
04/13 Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre (tickets)
04/14 Ft. Wayne, IN – The Clyde Theatre (tickets)
04/15 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live (tickets)
04/17 Minneapolis, MN – Myth Live (tickets)
04/18 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom (tickets)
04/19 Columbia, MO – Blue Note (Outdoor Stage) (tickets)
04/21 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Center at The Midland Theatre (tickets)
04/23 Dallas, TX – Southside Ballroom (tickets)
04/24 Oklahoma City, OK – Criterion (tickets)
04/25 Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Events Center (tickets)
04/27 Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre (tickets)
04/28 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues (tickets)
04/29 Los Angeles, CA – The Novo (tickets)
05/01 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues (tickets)
05/02 Reno, NV – Grand Theatre – Grand Sierra Resort (tickets)
05/03 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield (tickets)
05/05 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex (tickets)
05/06 Boise, ID – Revolution Center (tickets)
05/07 Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom (tickets)
05/08 Kennewick, WA – Toyota Center: Retter & Company Theatre (tickets)
05/10 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre (tickets)
05/11 Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre (tickets)
05/13 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall (tickets)
05/15 Billings, MT – First Interstate Arena (tickets)
05/16 Casper, WY – Casper Events Center (tickets)
05/17 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (tickets)

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