Slaves Part Ways With Jonny Craig Following Relapse

Slaves have parted with frontman Jonny Craig. The singer was removed from the group following a relapse.

The band issued the following statement:

“To Whom It May Concern:

It’s with a heavy heart that we announce that Jonny Craig has been removed from the band Slaves.

We all have struggles in our daily life, but for some, those struggles are personally and physically dangerous. It is no secret that Jonny has battled with addiction in his personal life, sometimes those battles are won, and most recently lost.

It’s also unfair for a band to rely on someone who just can’t rely on themselves. Addiction is a disease, and we hope Jonny gets the help that he needs. Unfortunately, Jonny chose his addiction over the band and left them high & dry while checking in for their international flight while he boarded a plane back home.

As a band we’ve worked too hard to stop now. Fans that have been touched by our music, everyone that has enjoyed our songs, to anyone that has met us as a band we will continue on with Slaves.

Unfortunately, due to this, we are forced to cancel our Bristol, UK show tonight. Never fear, thankfully, our good friend Matt McAndrew (who you’d recognize from The Voice) will be filling in on all remaining England & European dates to help us in this trying time. We also have some exciting news on the future of Slaves (we think you will be excited) coming soon.

To everyone, thank you for your continued support.

–Slaves“

Craig commented as well:

“First before I say anything I just want everyone to know how much I love and appreciate all the support I have had through these years of an amazing career.

I am not here to make a statement addressing drama or starting any. These last few months have been super overwhelming and unfortunately I have let myself break and get back to a dark place.

I wanted to wait for the band to release what they were going to say so that you guys had the info you needed to make sure you can still catch them on the ETF tour dates.

Every single person in the band put in a lot of work to make that set and it should be seen. I don’t want to make this long so I’ll get right to it. I relapsed and used and it is the reason I am stepping down from Slaves at this time.

For the first time in my career and in my life I will be doing what’s best for me and my sobriety and health and I stayed home to focus on a program and medications that will help me get back to feeling like I honestly belong out here touring and making beautiful music for each and everyone of you.

This was the right choice and I’m sorry to the band for the tight position but they have been left in at such short notice.

Again I love all of you and this isn’t me quitting music.. This is simply me just putting everything on pause like I should have done in the past and take a real honest and aggressive approach to my disease.

Thank you all for the support and love and please respect the silence that will follow this message.

Yours truly Jonny Craig“

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Escape The Fate & Slaves Announce Co-Headlining Tour

Escape The Fate and Slaves have announced a North American co-headlining tour. Famous Last Words, Picturesque, and Set To Stun will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

09/06 Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
09/07 Ponoma, CA – The Glasshouse
09/08 Fresno, CA – Strummer’s
09/09 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
09/11 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
09/12 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
09/13 Merriam, KS – Aftershock
09/14 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater
09/15 Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache at Intersection
09/16 Joilet, IL – The Forge
09/18 Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner
09/19 Lakewood, OH – The Foundry
09/20 Erie, PA – Basement Transmissions
09/21 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
09/22 Quebec, QC – Salle Multi
09/23 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
09/24 Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
09/26 Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
09/27 Virginia Beach, VA – Shakas Live
09/28 Jacksonville, NC – Tarheel Concert Lounge
09/29 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
09/30 Spartansburg, SC – Ground Zero
10/03 Orlando, FL – Soundbar
10/04 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
10/05 Miami, FL – The Ground at Club Space
10/06 Birimingham, AL – Workplay Theatre
10/07 Memphis, TN – Growlers
10/08 New Orleans, LA – Parish at the House of Blues
10/10 Laredo, TX – Ethos Live
10/11 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
10/12 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theatre
10/14 San Diego,CA – Soma

CKY & Slaves Announce Co-Headlining Tour

CKY and Slaves have announced a co-headlining North American tour. Royal Thunder and Awaken I Am will serve as support.

CKY drummer Jess Margera commented:

“ATTENTION! You want it? You’ve got it! You wild heathens kept asking for it and we heard you loud and clear: We are proud to announce a full co-headlining North American tour with our friends in Slaves.

We’re bringing Royal Thunder and Awaken I Am along for the ride. It’s going to be a night of some thick ass rock n roll that you can brag about to all your fake ass ‘friends’ who stayed home watching Netflix. This is gonna be the tour of all tours and this tour is all yours. Get a ticket NOW”

Tour Dates:

07/27 Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes
07/28 Easton, PA – One Centre Square
07/29 Warrendale, PA – Jergels
07/31 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
08/01 Toronto, ON – Opera House
08/02 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
08/03 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza (CKY only)
08/04 Louisville, KY – Diamonds
08/05 St Louis, MO – Fubar
08/07 Fargo, ND – Sanctuary
08/08 Iowa City, IA – Gabes
08/09 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theater
08/10 Sturgis, ND – Iron Horse Saloon (CKY only)
08/11 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
08/12 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre (no Slaves)
08/14 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
08/15 Seattle, WA – Revolution
08/16 Portland, OR – Dantes
08/17 Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Las Vegas (CKY only)
08/19 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
08/21 Lubbock, TX – Jakes
08/23 Dallas, TX – Trees
08/24 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
08/25 San Antonio, TX – ACMH
08/27 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
08/30 Brooklyn, NY – Bazaar
08/31 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
09/01 Worcester, MA – The Palladium

Slaves Frontman Jonny Craig Released Following Scottsdale, AZ Arrest, Band Comments

As previously reported, Slaves’ Jonny Craig was arrested for criminal damage and disorderly conduct during the band’s March 12 show at Pub Rock Live in Scottsdale, AZ. However, those charges have now been dropped, and Craig has been released.

The band commented:

“To confirm the rumors, Jonny Craig was arrested last night in Scottsdale, AZ.

As Slaves were performing on stage, an altercation was transpiring backstage between members of the band Ghost Town causing the venue to call the authorities. While police arrived, the bands set was hastily shut down 30 minutes early by cutting off all microphones on stage.

Unaware of what was happening (along with the fans), Jonny “dropped the mic” and damaged a few microphones (approximately $60 dollars worth of damages, which were paid for by the band). In response, the police handcuffed and arrested Jonny for criminal damage. This was obviously an excessive use of force (realized later), resulting in all charges to be dropped and Jonny to be immediately released.

We want to thank all fans, old & new for their support on the release of our new album & coming out to this tour.

We’ll see you again soon,

SLAVES”

Slaves Frontman Jonny Craig Arrested At Scottsdale, AZ Show

UPDATE: Craig has now been released with the charges having been dropped.

Original Story:

According to Lambgoat, Slaves’ Jonny Craig was arrested during the band’s March 12 show at Pub Rock Live in Scottsdale, AZ. The frontman was charged with criminal damage and disorderly conduct. He will remain in custody until he is arraigned.

Slaves’ Jonny Craig Denies Rape Allegations

In a series of tweets, Slaves’ Jonny Craig has denied the recent rape and sexual misconduct allegations against him. You can see his full compiled statement below.

Craig:

“Let me make it clear. I have never raped ANYONE or sexual assulted anyone. You can say i am many things. A junkie. A theif. A cheater a shitty BF for sure. you can call me many things but in NO WAY do i condone hurting someone like that! Sometimes i say mean shit and don’t think Before i speak.. like saying i will burn said persons house down if she sold my stuff. All I’m thinking about it is my shoes that cost more than her rent. Stupid i know.

I have no hate towards any of these girls. I dont care about about two of them and I’m sorry that I was on Drugs and i didn’t think about anyone but myself. Im sorry we had horrible relationships and you stayed knowing i was an addict and cared more about the drugs then you. That being said Goodluck with your lives because i am willing to work with any law inforcment agencies to Help clear my name of this serious but untrue slander and to help show that my band and I do not promote violence towards anyone esp woman.

We want all those who have really been hurt to be able to step forward without being scared. This all being said as A man I’m going to Take all the mistakes i have made in my life and in these past relationships and apply them to making sure i treat @taylorndean with nothing but love and respect because being off heroin has allowed me to have a real perspective on life and how being the best man i can be For not only myself but for my fans and family is what’s most important to me in 2018.

Thank you so much for reading this and again i hope the best for all 3 of these lady’s and i hope they heal from whatever damage i have caused. One love. Positivity and the right people in your life can change everything. I am living proof. Oh yeah… and blunts hahah. Love you guys!”

[via The PRP]

Slaves Delay New Album “Beautiful Death” After Being Dropped By Artery Recordings

As previously reported, Slaves were dropped by Artery Recordings, assumedly due to the disturbing sexual assault, abuse, and misconduct allegations against frontman Jonny Craig. As a result, the group’s new album “Beautiful Death“ has been delayed until February 16. The band commented:

“Hey Everyone,

As some of you may have heard, we recently parted ways with our label Artery Recordings. Because of this the release date will move to February 16th so our new team can get everything in order. The good news is ‘Beautiful Death’ will now be released through The Orchard/Sony Music.”