Former Black Veil Brides Bassist Ashley Purdy On His Departure From The Band: “Technically, I Didn’t Leave”

During an interview with Sonic Perspectives, Ashley Purdy discussed his departure from Black Veil Brides. The bassist revealed that he exited the band shortly after spending time in a psychiatric hospital for grief counseling and also seemingly implied that it wasn’t entirely his choice to leave.

Purdy said the following:

“What sucks was the timing of it all. They didn’t have anything to do with each other. There are legal aspects of what I can say about the departure.

Fans of the band are continually coming up to me, asking why did I leave the band. Technically, I didn’t leave; I’m just not in the band anymore. I have to talk in those terms right now.

Black Veil Brides is a corporate business, and there are legal rules. It’s like a divorce, and we are working it all out.

People can make their own assessments about things, but when you make a record, don’t tour for two years, only to make another record, don’t tour for two more years, the morale of the band starts to go away. The band is a job, and it’s how you pay your bills and put food on the table. When it doesn’t happen, you have to start looking for other things to do.”

He also added the following about his emotional and physical well-being:

“It just had to take its course, but at least I was strong enough to know I needed to seek help. I was trying to be a tough guy and deal with it on my own until one day I broke. I went to a physician to get some meds after telling him my story, and he was, like, ‘No, you need more treatment.’ I was admitted to a psychiatric hospital for a week to get medicine, therapy, and grief counseling. At the group sessions, I heard other people’s stories and knew I wasn’t alone. The oddest thing was a psychic medium who I didn’t know, reached out to me through a friend of a friend to give me a message from the people who passed into the afterlife. What the medium told me was very believable, as nobody would have known the level of details they shared. Strangely, hearing that they were okay helped me. This whole thing changed my perspective and I’m living a different way. I’m an open book now. There is nothing I won’t say or do or help someone. It’s part of life, and I’m accepting of it.”

This news comes after Purdy was reportedly arrested in Nashville on November 23, 2019 for a DUI, before allegedly urinating in a cop car. He has since gone on to release a solo song titled “Nowhere.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Black Veil Brides Announce New Bassist, Release New EP “The Night”

Black Veil Brides have welcomed Lonny Eagleton to the band as a replacement for former bassist Ashley Purdy. Eagleton, who previously performed with frontman Andy Biersack as part of his Andy Black solo project, shared the following message on Twitter:

In other news, Black Veil Brides have also released a new EP titled “The Night” via Sumerian Records. The effort is the group’s first in a series of two-song EPs, which they are calling “duologies.” The tracks featured on “The Night“ include “Saints Of The Blood” and “The Vengeance.“ You can find official videos for those below:

Biersack said the following about the new songs during an interview with Alternative Press:

“With the feeling of nostalgia on this one, going back into the time when we were doing the re-record [of ‘We Stitch These Wounds‘], the idea was to add two songs that felt very much like the band that we were in the past and maybe strayed away from [and] return to that form.”

He also added the following about the band’s decision to release a series of EPs instead of recording a full album:

“Quite honestly, when you’ve been a band as long as we have and put out five full-length records, EPs and everything else, you want to do new stuff. I think this is a model that we’re really excited about, and moving forward, it’s a sustainable model that we can do, something that allows us to write songs together and release music, do music videos and artwork, bring it to people and say, ‘This is the new thing.’ And then half a year later, there’s another new thing.”

Former Black Veil Brides Bassist Ashley Purdy Allegedly Urinated In A Cop Car Following DUI Arrest

According to Scoop Nashville, ex-Black Veil Brides bassist Ashley Purdy was arrested on November 23 for a DUI after being found unresponsive inside a running vehicle in Nashville, TN. The musician apparently tried to drive away after he woke up, but ultimately decided to talk to the police. He was said to be incoherent and even urinated on the backseat of the cop car while on the way to the hospital for a blood test. He also reportedly “cursed and threatened officers” after the incident. Purdy was later taken to Nashville Metro Jail, but has since been released. He is expected to appear in court on January 17. Despite this, Purdy has been working on new music and recently posted a teaser on social media.

Black Veil Brides Part Ways With Bassist Ashley Purdy

Black Veil Brides have parted ways with bassist Ashley Purdy. The band confirmed the news via Twitter:

“Black Veil Brides and Ashley Purdy have mutually agreed to part ways. We have enjoyed a wonderful run together and both parties wish one another continued success moving forward.”

In This Moment Announce Spring Tour With Black Veil Brides, Ded, & Raven Black

In This Moment have announced a spring tour with Black Veil Brides, Ded, and Raven Black. The band will be touring in support of their upcoming album, which is expected to be released early next year.

Tour Dates:

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

Black Veil Brides & Lamb Of God Singers Pay Tribute To Late Disney Channel Star Cameron Boyce

Actor Cameron Boyce has sadly passed away at the age of 20. His death was the result of a seizure that was related to an “ongoing medical condition.” Boyce was known for his roles in the Disney Channel franchise “Descendants,” the TV show “Jessie,” and Adam Sandler’s “Grown Ups” movies. He will also appear in the “American Satan” spinoff series “Paradise City,” which stars Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) and Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria). A number of people have taken to social media to pay tribute to the actor including Biersack and Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe. You can see what they had to say below:

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“Shine on, Bright Star” Hollywood, CA. 1.5.2019 It is with a heavy heart that I must bid this young man, @thecameronboyce, a peaceful journey on his trip to the great beyond. I met Cameron working in Hollywood- we did some acting together for an upcoming production. Cameron was a Disney child actor, now growing into a young man- he was just 20 years old when he died last night of natural causes due to an ongoing medical condition. Despite being famous as a child star, he was as about as down to earth as a person could get, which greatly impressed me- there was absolutely zero sense of entitlement about him. We had a lot of laughs on set, not to mention good talks on the nature & perils of fame. Cameron was incredibly talented- he could dance, sing, & was a brilliant actor with a great sense of humor & a genuine curiosity about the world- just truly a joy to watch perform. I would watch him on set doing his thing & think “Man- he’s SO GOOD.” Incidentally, his paternal grandmother, Jo Ann (Allen) Boyce, is a Civil Rights icon, one of the first 12 African-Americans to attend an integrated high school in the south, in 1956- I believe that this sort of upbringing lead to his strength of character, & philanthropic nature. Although he & I came from very different worlds- the Disney scene & the heavy metal music world are pretty much polar opposites- we got along well & I was really looking forward to seeing & working with him again. I extend my most sincere condolences to Cameron’s family & friends. The world needs more socially aware & kind hearted young men, & we certainly lost a good one last night. I took this photo on set- you can see the kindness in his eyes. Safe journey, bro- see you on the other side. #ripcameronboyce #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaM10P #LeicaM10Ptyp3656 #🔴📷 #Summilux #Summilux50mm #LeicaCraft #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #drandallblythe #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic

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Black Veil Brides To “Reimagine” Debut Album “We Stitch These Wounds” For Its 10th Anniversary

During a recent interview with Rock Sound, Andy Biersack confirmed that Black Veil Brides are planning to celebrate the 10th anniversary of “We Stitch These Wounds” by “reimagining ” the album. The frontman went on to say the band will be “re-recording some of the stuff” from the effort and that they may add some new songs and covers to it.

Biersack said the following about the new version of “We Stitch These Wounds”:

“It’ll be 10 years since the first record next summer, so we plan to do kind of a reimagining of that record and re-recording some of the stuff, and probably some new songs added to it, and maybe some covers that we wanna do. So that’ll come out, and that’ll be really fun. I don’t know what the plans are outside of that, as far as how we’re gonna present that. But that’s the plan right now.”

He also added the following when asked about a possible new album from the group:

“What’s great about [2018’s] ‘Vale’ being what it was is that it was kind of the end to a chapter and that style and feeling of the band from the ‘Wretched And Divine’ era and everything. I think we all kind of feel like whatever is next, it’s gonna be something that’s totally fresh and new.”

[via Blabbermouth]