Mike Fuentes has decided to “take a break and step away” from Pierce The Veil. This news comes after sexual misconduct allegations were made against the drummer
The following statement was issued:
“From the day we started this band, the four of us agreed that we not only wanted to write and play songs together for the rest of our lives, but we also wanted to build a strong community through our music and provide a safe place for ourselves and our fans to express our shared values through creativity, open-mindedness, love and respect. Over the last ten years we have accomplished that and so much more with the help of our incredible fans. The bond that we share in this community is stronger than we could have ever imagined and is truly our pride and joy.
Recently, an allegation was made about Mike from an anonymous source pertaining to events dating back nearly ten years ago. We are taking this allegation seriously and would like to share the steps we are taking in response. Below are a few words from Mike.
“I’m of course aware of the allegation made about me from almost ten years ago, and I cannot begin to describe how difficult and disturbing this entire situation has been for everyone involved. I do not take this allegation lightly and would never downplay it. I have empathy for any human being who has experienced abuse or mistreatment in their lives, and I am inspired to see so many come forward and speak out about it. No one should have to suffer in silence, and I am thankful that the world is finally starting to listen. I also want to assure you that I have never intentionally manipulated or abused anyone in my life. That is not the person I am, how I was raised, or the type of behavior that I condone. I strongly believe in the empowerment of abuse victims, so if I have ever made anyone feel like they are less than equal, I am sincerely sorry.
I love playing music more than anything on earth, and I am constantly humbled by the support of our fans. I do not want the allegation surrounding me to negatively affect the reputation or future of the band, or to break the bond and trust that we have created with our fans over the years. So, I have decided to take a break and step away from my position in the band in hopes that this will allow my band mates and fans to continue focusing on the music and message that Pierce The Veil stands for. Though I am far from perfect, I do have a moral compass and try to stand up for what is right. While away from the band, I will continue to work hard to live my life in that way.”
Since the allegation first surfaced, our band has discussed how we can ensure the PTV community is always a safe environment. We’ve made many efforts over the years to protect our fans, and we can and will do more. We believe in creating spaces where people can seek help for any issues they are struggling with and provide resources and tools to help.
As a band, we are respecting Mike’s decision to take break and step away. Unfortunately, without a core member of the band, we will be respectfully withdrawing from the upcoming U.K. tour with All Time Low. We promise our fans that we will be back again very soon.”
In the wake of the #metoo movement, many people have been finding the courage to open up about sexual assault, physical abuse, etc. This has led to a number of disturbing accusations in the music world, including allegations against members of Pierce The Veil, Slaves, and We Came As Romans.
Mike Fuentes (Pierce The Veil) has been accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with 16 year old girl from California about 10 years ago.
Update: Another woman, Shannon Bray, has come forward saying Fuentes asked her for nudes when she was 15, and tried to initiate a relationship with her. She has since spoken to Loudwire saying they had no physical contact, other than hand holding, and that she didn’t send any photos.
Jonny Craig (Slaves) has also been accused of misconduct with a 16 year old, sexual assault, and domestic abuse.
Kyle Pavone (We Came As Romans) has been accused of assaulting a woman after she didn’t end up sleeping with him.
You can read more disturbing stories involving members of Don Bronco, With Confidence, etc. at Chorus.fm.
[via The PRP]
Pierce The Veil have premiered a new video for their song “Today I Saw The Whole World.” This song is from the band’s latest album, “Misadventures.” Vic Fuentes commented:
“I grew up watching massive amounts of MTV music videos throughout the 90’s. I would record all of my favorites on VHS tape, watching them over and over until the tape wore out. Our new video was inspired by some of these artists that I loved back then like the Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill and Marilyn Manson. We wanted to use this 90’s look to visually express the lyrics and fury inside of the song.”
Pierce The Veil have announced that they will be releasing a 10th anniversary limited edition vinyl version of “A Flair For The Dramatic” on September 15. The effort will be available on orange/white marble vinyl (limited to 2,000) and transparent oatmeal vinyl (limited to 500). It will also come with reimagined artwork, a photo book, and a download card for three previously unreleased demos (“She Sings In The Morning,” “The Balcony Song,” and “Diamonds And Why Men Buy Them”).
During Pierce The Veil’s set at the 2017 Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH, the band were joined onstage by Beartooth’s Caleb Shomo. Check out fan-filmed footage of them performing “Caraphernelia” below:
[via Rock Sound]
Pierce The Veil, Sum 41, Emarosa, and Chapel will be heading out on tour together. You can see the dates for that below.
04/21 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
04/22 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
04/24 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
04/25 Austin, TX – (ACL) Live At The Moody Theater
04/27 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
04/28 Tampa, FL – 98Rock Fest
04/29 Jacksonville, FL – Welcome To Rockville (no Sum 41)
05/01 Knoxville, TN – The International (no Sum 41)
05/02 Lancaster, PA – Lancaster Convention Center
05/03 Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore Silver Springs
05/05 Charlotte, NC – Carolina Rebellion (no Sum 41)
05/07 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
05/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
05/10 Toms River, NJ – Pine Belt Arena
05/12 Council Bluffs, IA – KIWR’s Rockfest
05/13 Somerset, WI – Northern Invasion
05/14 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room/Old National Centre
05/16 Portland, ME – AURA
05/17 Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
05/19 Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range
05/20 St. Louis, MO – 105.7 Point Fest (no Sum 41)
05/22 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
05/23 Pharr, TX – Pharr Event Center
05/25 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
05/26 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma (no Sum 41)
Pierce The Veil have premiered a new video for their song “Floral and Fading.” This song is from the band’s latest album, “Misadventures,” which is available now.