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Tommy Vext Issues Statement On His Exit From Bad Wolves, Launches $100,000 GoFundMe For New Album & Studio Bills


Having officially parted ways with Bad Wolves this past weekend, the band’s former vocalist Tommy Vext has now shared his official exit statement on the matter in both video and written form. Here’s how it reads [transcribed by]:

“Dear friends,

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Let me start by expressing a huge debt of gratitude to all the fans, all the people at the label, the management, and everyone who helped in establishing my band Bad Wolves’ career.

I take great pride and sincerity in what we have accomplished together. Bad Wolves became the fastest rising rock band of the last decade with 5 number one consecutive hit singles. Thanks to the massive support from our fans we exploded into mainstream rock consciousness and (no small feat for a metal band) we even held the #1 spot across the entire Apple Music Platform on all continents. We accumulated hundreds of millions of streams, and as a result YOU helped us we giving back hundreds of thousands of dollars to various charities.

Our future was bright, and our trajectory was undeniable, until Covid struck and changed all our lives. I saw things happening that I didn’t understand. During the first quarantine I publicly voiced my concerns about where we are going as a nation and what is happening to America, the country I love.

I voiced my disappointment of protests turning into violent riots. Cities, businesses, lives destroyed “mostly peacefully”. I criticized the media standing idle and even condoning that behavior. I pointed out that Good causes were infiltrated by bad actors, hijacked and delegitimized a good movement. I dared to question who financially benefits from this and who was funding these events.

I questioned the lockdowns as small businesses were driven into bankruptcy yet big chains were allowed to operate. I questioned the imposed social distancing and why rioting and looting are exempt, or why you can’t have family gatherings or eat at restaurants unless you are a politician. This is a repeated hypocrisy we saw time and again.

And for this they came after me.

Me, an African American artist speaking his mind. I became unacceptable by the gatekeepers because I walked off the plantation. I had to be silenced. Cancel culture came after my band. I was threatened, ridiculed, blackmailed and smear campaigns were launched to destroy my career, my reputation and my livelihood.

These events really opened my eyes, because this was no longer just an urban legend or conspiracy theory, this was literally happening to me. Censorship became very real and I was fighting organized hit job after organized hit job aimed at my character and even my physical freedom.

This is when I realized what I was up against. This is bigger than me. This is when and why I publicly endorsed the sitting President of the United States of America, because I believed he was fighting the same big tech, the same media, the same gatekeepers, the same faceless radicals who wish to destroy our first amendment rights.

But I will not be silenced.

I will not abandon my values and my love for the flag of this country. I will fight for the Constitution. And our freedom of speech, which hopefully now all of you can see is being blatantly violated by big tech.

However, this is my fight. I realize I cannot drag my band members and people around me into this. I on my own decided to go solo. This way, everything I say and do will affect only me. I wish the best for the guys in Bad Wolves, we had some of the best times of my life building a band together, and I love those guys. But you guys know me. And I have to fight back. This is who I am.

I can’t expect you to put your lives on the line to defend me, especially when we don’t have the same ideologies in mind, I can’t accept the label to fight my battles on my behalf. And to all the fans to my friends to my family. Thank you for always supporting my voice. I’m excited to start the next phase of my career.

Over the past year I’ve recorded over 37 songs by myself. Due to COVID. There was no way for the band to get together and to work on a record. And so I worked fever feverishly in the studio with different artists producers and songwriters, and after 37 songs were completed, it was very clear that I had become a solo artist.

I don’t want anyone to say negative things to my former band members. Those guys are going to have a hard enough time. Processing all this, finding a new singer, and finishing a record when they couldn’t work all last year.

I don’t want anybody to say hateful things on my behalf. I don’t have negative feelings toward these guys, and we had a really great run, and we accomplished some great things. I’m still part owner of Bad Wolves, and I want them to succeed.

For me right now. I’m going to be moving on. So, in the link in my bio. I have a Linktree, and I’m starting a GoFundMe page. Because I have to finish paying for the studio. So basically, now that I’m stepping down. I have a massive studio bill that was supposed to be covered by an advance from a record label I no longer have.

What I will do is, whether you donate $1 or $10 or $100—whatever you donate, you will get a free copy of the cover album, and a link that will go out to everyone who participates in the GoFundMe. I put up an Only Fans—there are no nudes on there. And then all of the, the entire cover albums, the double cover albums—all the songs, the 22 songs, those songs were not recorded by members of Bad Wolves.

They were recorded with my studio team, it’s the same, the same guys, Philip Naslund, the Swedish producer, and Max Karon, who’s a guitar player and producer out of Las Vegas who also are the artists who played on ‘Zombie‘ that everybody knows. So, this has been my creative writing team.

And I’m going to continue to work with these guys. And I’m really, really looking forward to getting music out as soon as possible. So as soon as, as soon as I get this stuff done. I’m going to be putting up a shop, I’m going to be collaborating with other artists—I’ve already talked to so many, so many like a-list artists have reached out to me from the hip hop world, from rock bands, from metal bands, it’s been overwhelming. I know I’m taking a bullet. I’m taking an arrow straight to the face. But this is sometimes you have to do what you have to do when you believe in something.

And when things are wrong. You can either shut up and play the game. Or you can speak the truth and speak what you think is is what’s right. So, I love all you guys. Please, anybody who’s screen recorded this go over to my Facebook, either Vext or Tommy Vext and post it on the page. Share it with whoever you like, share it on your stories.

But this is very real and everyone’s seeing it we’re seeing celebrities and politicians being completely deleted from social media platforms. We’re seeing—I’m not the only artist who has been dropped from his record label, because of some of the political statements that have been made. This is a widespread issue, and it’s it’s up to you guys.

You know I’m somebody who, as I previously said I’ve donated over $350,000 in my career, which is more than what I’m worth to to various charities, including Dolores O’Riordan‘s family, and most recently the police officers who were shot in the ambush in Compton. And I’m not somebody who’s comfortable asking for help. And this is a real humble moment for me, because I have, I have to continue to do my art. I have to continue to make music. I have to continue to get it out to you guys.

I’m going to be starting a website, and you guys can sign up for, for all that stuff as it comes. And if you guys can give and you can’t give, that’s okay. If you have any, you can just leave positive reinforcing messages. And again, you know, you have to understand, Doc and John and Chris and Kyle are like my brothers. I’ve known these guys for 20 to 20 to 10 years is the shortest amount of time I’ve known those guys.

They have a right to continue to do what do what they’re doing. They have a right to have their own career, and they have a right to their own political beliefs, which are which you know, it’s not fair for them to take heat for beliefs that they don’t have—these are my beliefs. So I’m going to do my thing. I really, really appreciate you guys, I really love you guys. You know, this is, this is going to be a positive thing. And there’s going to be a healthy competition—I can’t wait to hear what comes out of them musically.

You know I’ve got a shortlist of singers… I’m fingers crossed of singers that I’m a fan of that I hope they get. And, you know, I just, you know, I’m gonna go, I’m gonna crush it.

And so I’m just gonna keep making music and keep doing my thing. And, you know, thank you guys I really appreciate it, and it’s been my honor and privilege to meet you guys, and to perform for you guys and to share experiences with you guys. And, you know, every day I get offstage every time we play a show I end the show by saying, you know, thank you for giving me an opportunity to live a life beyond my wildest dreams.

And no matter what the media can do to me, no matter what the gatekeepers can do to me, or big tech or this at the other. I literally am someone who was, I was a drug addict. You know who got clean and I had this amazing journey, and I’ve been all over the world and I’ve saved other people’s lives. There are people who, you know, there, there are people who are, I look up to, that are artists that would not be alive if it wasn’t for me.

And that’s been the great privilege of my life is to be someone who, you know, when, when my higher power called me to show up for other people, you know, I knew what to do. And so, I love you guys, I love my life. I love making art. I love this country fucking god bless America, god bless all you guys, god bless everywhere. It’s a crazy time and you know I’m keeping the faith. And, you know, this is Vexit 2021. All right, thanks.”

Since his exit, Vext has launched this GoFundMe for his new solo album and has already raised nearly $88,000 of his $100,000 goal as of press time. He commented of the album and the campaign for it:

“Dear Wolfpack, In April of 2020 I began recording what was to be the 3rd Bad Wolves Record as well as a double covers album. Due to covid 19 I found myself collaborating digitally with the same outside producers and songwriters that have contributed largely to the bands debut & sophomore albums. After tracking 37 songs without much input from my ex band members it was clear I had created a solo project.

Many of the songs were previewed on patreon but now it’s time to finalize all three albums. As a result I got stuck with a studio bill and no label to advance the completion of these recordings. Times have been tough for many of us and It’s my intention to GIVE AWAY THIS COVER ALBUM FREE TO EVERYONE WHO DONATES wether it be one dollar or one hundred dollars for helping me finish what I started and continue my passion.

Over the past 11 years of my sobriety I’ve spent some of the best moments of my life giving back. I’ve helped organize campaigns that have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to various charities. I saw it through that Bad Wolves would donate the proceeds from sales of zombie to the late Dolores O’riordans children. As a band we have donated proceeds to non profits like rock to recovery, the global recovery initiatives & fallen law enforcement officer wounded in the line of duty.

So it comes with great humility that I now have to ask my friends family and supporters in the Wolfpack to help me this time. Every show night end our concerts by saying “thank you for giving me a life beyond my wildest dreams” words that you all have breathed truth into. It has been an honor and a privilege to meet and connect with all of you wether in person or through the healing power of music.

In 2018 we broke world records together and Its my hope that we can all do it one more time by saying fuck you to the system & allowing honest artists to exercise free speech. This is a call to action like I never have before. with Love & Respect Tommy Vext

Since blasting past his initial crowdfunding goal, Vext has expanded the scope of his campaign, commenting:

“This has been a crazy 24 hours. I can’t believe we passed our goal in less then one day of a 30 day campaign. I’m going to continue this and share with people the next thirty days. If we raise enough money I can start my own record label and Merch company. Additionally I can hire an attourney to handle this separation properly. You guys have no idea how much this means and what a statement it’s making to the record industry and other artists. Our Independence is our freedom!”

Tommy Vext‘s departure from Bad Wolves followed a controversial year for the vocalist, which initially saw him draw criticism for expressing his conspiracy theory beliefs, political opinions and conflicting statements on racism and more. Toward the end of the year word emerged of domestic violence allegations he faced from an ex-girlfriend. He would go on to dismiss those allegations as an “extortion attempt”.

A judge ultimately granted his ex a two-year restraining order against him, while Vext later went on to state that he was exonerated of any physical abuse allegations by the proceedings.

His former Bad Wolves bandmates have also addressed his exit several times in recent days, insisting it wasn’t about cancel culture, while also clearing up other misconceptions.


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