The Dillinger Escape Plan

Ben Weinman Clears Up Rumors Of The Dillinger Escape Plan Reunion Offers


Ben Weinman, guitarist and driving force behind defunct mathcore legends The Dillinger Escape Plan, has issued a statement regarding reunion offers allegedly being fielded by the outfit. The group’s former vocalist Greg Puciato recently made headlines when he told Revolver the following about his former outfit:

“I don’t miss it at all. And I hate to say this, but if we were to get back together, it would be for money. And I don’t fucking want to do that. Every year, all those festivals… they just throw astronomical amounts of money at us to get back together. And it’s never even been something that we even entertain.

When Dillinger ended, I thought to myself, ‘OK, I want at least five years,’ and now it’s been six and I can’t imagine it happening within the next five years, even.”

Metal Injection have since followed up with Weinman on Puciato‘s comments, with Weinman offering:

“I want to be as respectful to the band, its members, and the fans as possible so I’ll try to clear some things up without getting into too much of the ‘he said she said’. To be clear, I have not talked directly to Greg since just after the final Dillinger shows in 2018.

One of the reasons for that is because, without getting into too much detail as some of this info is not for me to disclose, I think it is safe to say the band’s members – including myself – do not share the same values as Greg.

While I cherish the work we did together and will always acknowledge how instrumental his contributions have been to the legacy of this band, there is a lot of misinformation out there based on the perception Greg has crafted through interviews and what he gets quoted on. At the very least, let’s just say the rest of the band has nothing to do with the information Greg has put out there, and that none of it is accurate.

I think it is very important to mention that Greg has no ownership of The Dillinger Escape Plan as an entity, no ownership in the overarching corporation, and has no ownership over the name and he never has.

He has always been paid as an independent contractor and he has no interactions with our booking agent, lawyers, etc. I’m happy to show anyone who doubts this all the paperwork that says otherwise. That’s that. This band has existed with different singers and musicians over the years and I am proud that my continued involvement from day one has helped keep some consistency in how we functioned and did things as a unit.

The truth is that any discussions of a reunion with Greg have been shut down before money was discussed. There have been no concrete money offers for a reunion with Greg – meaning that the conversations have never gotten to money as they’ve always been shut down immediately – that I or anyone on our team is aware of.

I think there was some preliminary talks thrown around for us to do Furnace Fest, but our agent’s response was that we are not entertaining reunion offers at this time. The end. I have been approached a few times indirectly by people who had talked to Greg while he was out on the road about doing a reunion, and what was conveyed to me was that he really wanted to do it and that it should be discussed with me.

My response to anyone asking was that The Dillinger Escape Plan would not be performing with Greg and that we ended that chapter of the band in the appropriate way, as everyone saw. I’d like to leave it at that. That is really all there is to it.

I’m not sure what Greg‘s intention for releasing this info was but hey… not my monkey, not my circus as they say. He is a very talented person and I think the people out there collaborating with him will make some awesome shit. I certainly cherish everything we did and feel extremely proud of our work together.”

You can find more from Weinman on his life post-TDEP over at Metal Injection.

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