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Greg Puciato Shares His Thoughts On Not Being A Part Of The Dillinger Escape Plan’s “Calculating Infinity” Reunion Shows: “Why Would I Be Bummed? I’m Not On The Record”


Vocalist Greg Puciato is seemingly one of the odd men out of The Dillinger Escape Plan‘s reunion shows this year. As one of the most tenured members of the mathcore greats, who broke up back in 2017, he’ll be absent from the group’s upcoming victory lap on the 25th anniversary of their 1999 full-length debut “Calculating Infinity“.

Vocalist Dimitri Minakakis performed on that album and will be back behind the mic amid this year’s run celebratory shows. Last year Puciato mentioned that the band had been turning down “astronomical amounts of money” to reunite. Several days later, Weinman discussed the status of the band, distancing himself from Greg ,while also clarifying that the daredevil vocalist had “always been paid as an independent contractor.”

Despite that somewhat sour tone, Puciato would later claim he has no “beef” with his past bandmates in the outfit. Roughly two months later, The Dillinger Escape Plan announced the first of their 25th annviersary shows for said album. While Weinman, bassist Liam Wilson, drummer Billy Rymer and guitarist James Love were all returning, it was communicated that Puciato would not be involved.

In an interview conducted by Metal Hammer , Puciato was asked about his thoughts on the band’s return, he replied:

“It doesn’t bother me at all. When people ask me that, as if I’m gonna be bummed, I’m, like, why would I be bummed? I’m not on the record. To me, if the band was still a band, and some of those guys, obviously [original members Brian] Benoit [rhythm guitar], [Chris] Pennie [drums] and Adam [Doll, bass] aren’t [part of the reunion shows], but if, if Dimitri and Ben were, like, ‘Hey, we wanna do some ‘Calculating Infinity‘ shows, what am I gonna do? Be, like, ‘No!’ That doesn’t make any sense. I wasn’t on the record.”

“So, I hope they’re wildly successful with it, and I hope that it does a lot of good for them — I hope it makes them feel good personally, those two. ‘Cause, obviously, Liam and Billy were not on that record, but the ending of them before I joined, I don’t think it was — it wasn’t fulfilling. It wasn’t a fulfilling closure. It wasn’t exactly on everybody’s terms involved.

So I think them being able to go back and do this and celebrate what is non-arguably a fucking genre-changing milestone record that many bands would not exist if it wasn’t for. They should play everywhere. They should come to London, they should go play festivals, they should do everything. Like I said, I’m all for it, man.”

The Dillinger Escape Plan‘s live plans include:

06/08 Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex (‘No Values‘)

Calculating 25‘ sets:

06/21 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Paramount (feat. Car Bomb & Candy)
06/22 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Paramount (feat. The Callous Daoboys &Deadguy)
06/23 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Paramount (feat. Deadguy, Candy, Car Bomb & The Callous Daoboys)
08/06 Lokeren, BEL – Lokerse Feesten
08/24 Chicago, IL – The Salt Shed Outdoors (feat. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die & No Men)

Puciato has a busy year ahead of him, with touring underway for his latest outfit Better Lovers and commitments to his live duties in the backing band of Alice In Chains legend Jerry Cantrell also in the cards. Outside of that, he also has several projects on the go.


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