Black Veil Brides’ Andy Biersack: “There Are No Plans To Break Up The Band”

Earlier today, Black Veil Brides bassist Ashley Purdy made an appearance on a live episode of Another FN Podcast, which has since been deleted, and said the band’s eight date run on this year’s Warped Tour will be the “last time” to see them. Now, frontman Andy Biersack has commented on the situation saying the following: “As far as I know, there are no plans to break up the band.”

Purdy initially said the following:

“We start Thursday at Warped Tour in Pomona and we’re going to do eight dates through the southern California area. And that is where you are going to see Black Veil Brides for the last time ever in your entire lives. So, you better fucking go, because that’s gonna be it.”

He went on to add “You better see us before you don’t see us.” He also said the following earlier in the chat, while answering a fan question about the next Black Veil Brides album:

“To be honest you guys already know that Andy Black is doing his fucking next thing so the rest of us are going to do something separate and easy. Nothing more, nothing less.”

After Purdy’s comments surfaced on multiple sites, Biersack issued a statement to Alternative Press:

“This is the first I’ve heard of any ‘break up.’ As far as I know, there are no plans to end the band after Warped. Or, at least if there were, I was not made aware of them.

We are in the early stages of work on a big 10 year retrospective release. And my personal focus as it relates to BVB are on that and these upcoming Warped Tour shows.”

He later added:

“I would also like to add that any additional musical projects from any of the members of BVB will always be encouraged and while I was aware that there was interest in starting something new from some of the members, similar to my Andy Black side project or Jake’s band Aelonia, I was unaware that there was a plan to end the band entirely and therefore I can’t comment on it.”

The singer then discussed things further with Loudwire. He in part said:

“As far as I know, there are no plans to break up the band. I spoke to the band this morning, and that seems to be echoed by everybody. I can’t really speak to any comments about the band breaking up, because I was never aware of that. As far as I know, that isn’t the intention, and it certainly isn’t my intention.”

He also added:

“For me, anytime you hear an idea that you haven’t heard before, it can be jarring. As I said, that was never discussed with me. But I’m packing up suitcases and headed to Pomona this evening.

I have a show to play, as do the other members of the band tomorrow, and that’s really the only thing that you can think about. If we were in a situation where we were listless or didn’t know what the next move was, or didn’t have any plans, then maybe there would be some cause for concern.

But we just recently signed a deal for a really exciting 10-year anniversary package that we’re doing for our first record. And we have shows planned. Hell, even after these Warped Tour shows, we have Aftershock planned for the fall, and there’s also been discussion about some other shows that we were going to try to do in the fall.”

He continued:

“I wake up in the morning and I think about what we’re going to do next. If someone comes to me and says, ‘We’re unhappy, we don’t want to be in the band anymore,’ then it has to be treated seriously.

But until that happens, I just have to assume [Purdy‘s interview] was something that was floated out there in an open forum discussion that he was having, or just something that was said in passing and wasn’t meant to be serious.

So I don’t know the full thought process behind it, but I’ve known him, and I’ve known all the members of the band my entire adult life, and I can trust them when they say to me that this is not the intention of the band.”

He also said:

“I have texted with everyone in the band, and everyone’s on the same page. Ashley said it’s not his intention to leave the band. Or, at the very least, he said to me that that [comment] wasn’t representative of his feelings. And that’s kind of it. Look, at the end of the day, it’s five grown men with five different opinions on things. We’re not the Monkees. It’s not a situation where we all live together in a house and share all of our meals.

People have differing opinions on things, and people might feel one way in one moment and another way in the next and that’s life. Maybe at the time, that’s what was felt, but I can’t fault someone for thinking or saying something that they felt differently about later. I think we all do that. The truth is, unless I’m made aware otherwise of plans to end the band, I will just move forward with the intention of being the same guy in this band that I’ve been since I was sixteen years old when I started it in Northern Kentucky.

It’s been my entire adult life, and I’ve been very lucky to meet the four other members of the band when I moved to Los Angeles, and we turned it into this thing that it is now, and now it’s very much a living breathing band with opinions and ideas.”

Biersack went on to say the group are planning to re-record their 2010 debut album “We Stitch These Wounds” and release it with new songs as well as a previously unreleased DVD that was filmed in 2010.

Guitarist Jinxx has since commented as well:

The FINAL @vanswarpedtour commences in Pomona in T minus!!! We are honored to have been asked to take the stage at 8 select dates to celebrate the end of an era! In other (fake) news and for the record, @blackveilbrides is NOT, nor EVER is intending to break up!!! Though we may each have individual creative projects outside the band, BVB is something much larger than any ONE of us, and ALWAYS comes as a #1 priority over EVERYTHING in our lives, and we will continue to do BVB as long as we can. That being said, let’s rock the FUCK outta these next 8 (out of many, MANY more!) shows and see Warped Tour out with a bang!!! 💥🔥🔥🔥🤘🤘🤘💥 📸Photo: @paulharries #vanswarpedtour #warpedtour2018 #blackveilbrides #bvbarmy #bvb

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Vans Warped Tour Announce Shiragirl Stage

The Vans Warped Tour have announced that the Shiragirl Stage will be returning for three dates on their final cross-country run. The stage, which “strives to empower female artists and provide a platform for creative expression”, will feature Blameshift, The Bridge City Sinners, Elana J Music, Moa, No Small Children, Shiragirl, The Dollyrots, Turbulent Hearts, WASI, and Whitney Peyton. Here’s the dates where you can see it:

06/21 Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex
06/22 San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium Lot
06/24 Ventura, CA – Ventura County Fairgrounds

The rest of the lineup and dates can be found HERE.

Echosmith Added To Pomona, CA Date Of Vans Warped Tour

Echosmith are the latest special guests to be added to the Vans Warped Tour’s final cross-country run. You can catch them at the Pomona, CA stop on June 21. The rest of the lineup and dates can be found HERE.

Track Listing Revealed For 2018 Vans Warped Tour Compilation

The track listing has been revealed for the 2018 Vans Warped Tour compilation. That release will be available on June 22. The lineup and dates for the tour’s final cross-country run can be found HERE.

Track Listing:

Standard Disc 1:

01. Tonight Alive – “Book of Love”
02. Senses Fail – “New Jersey Takes, The World Makes”
03. Real Friends – “Get By”
04. Knuckle Puck – “Double Helix”
05. State Champs – “Slow burn”
06. Sleep On It – “Distant”
07. Story Untold – “All the Same (Once a Liar Always a Liar)”
08. Mayday Parade – “Jamie All Over”
09. This Wild Life – “Headfirst”
10. The Maine – “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu”
11. Palaye Royale – “Get Higher”
12. Doll Skin – “Baby’s Breath”
13. Don Broco – “Stay Ignorant”
14. Picturesque – “New Face”
15. Simple Plan – “Boom!”
16. The Interrupters – “She Got Arrested”
17. Shiragirl – “Get Em Hot”
18. Less Than Jake – “Things Change”
19. Broadside – “Paradise”
20. Assuming We Survive – “California Stoned”
21. Makeout – “Crazy”
22. With Confidence – “Keeper”
23. Summer Wars – “End of an Era”
24. Grayscale – “Let It Rain”
25. As It Is – “Austen”
26. Four Year Strong – “For Our Fathers”

Standard Disc 2:

01. Ice Nine Kills – “Nature of the Beast”
02. August Burns Red – “King of Sorrow”
03. Motionless in White – “Voices”
04. Asking Alexandria – “Where Did It Go?”
05. Issues – “Coma”
06. Every Time I Die – “Glitches”
07. Wage War – “Stitch”
08. Knocked Loose – “My Heroes”
09. Chelsea Grin – “Four Horsemen”
10. In Hearts Wake – “Passage”
11. Nekrogoblikon – “Mold”
12. Twiztid – “Nothing to You”
13. Kublai Khan – “Split”
14. Phineas – “I Saw The Bombs Fall”
15. Dayseeker – “Cold, Dark Winter”
16. Sharptooth – “Rise”
17. Crown The Empire – “Zero”
18. Trash Boat – “How Selfish I Seem”
19. Dead Girls Academy – “I’ll Find A Way”
20. Farewell Winters – “On A Light Note”
21. Capstan – “The Wreath and The Follower”
22. The Amity Affliction – “This Could Be Heartbreak”
23. Movements – “Full Circle”
24. Hail the Sun – “Suffocating Syndrome”
25. Waterparks – “Lucky People”

Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Over 150 Bands Added To 2018 Vans Warped Tour

Over 150 bands have been added to the Vans Warped Tour’s final cross-country run. You can find the updated stage lineups below.

Journeys Left Foot Stage:

3OH!3 (6/21-8/5)
Asking Alexandria (7/22-7/28)
Beartooth (7/19-7/21)
Black Veil Brides (6/21-7/1)
Bowling For Soup (7/6-7/16, 7/18-7/21)
Fenix TX (6/28, 6/29)
Frank Turner (7/24-7/26)
The Interrupters (7/14, 7/15, 7/17-7/19, 7/21-7/25, 7/28-8/5)
ISSUES (6/21-8/5)
Knuckle Puck (6/21-8/5)
Mayday Parade (6/21-8/5)
Pennywise (8/2-8/5)
Reel Big Fish (6/21-8/5)
State Champs (6/21-8/5)
Story Of The Year (7/3)
SUM 41 (7/17)
Taking Back Sunday (6/24)
Underoath (7/16-7/18)
Waterparks (6/21-8/5)

Journeys Right Foot Stage:

All Time Low (6/22-6/24)
Falling In Reverse (6/26-7/16)
Four Year Strong (6/21-7/29)
Less Than Jake (7/18-7/20, 7/22-7/27, 7/29-8/5)
The Maine (6/21-8/5)
Movements (6/21-8/5)
Real Friends (6/21-8/5)
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (7/10)
Set It Off (7/27, 7/28 & 8/3)
Simple Plan (6/21-8/5)
This Wild Life (6/21-8/5)
Tonight Alive (6/21-8/5)
The Used (6/21-7/10)
We The Kings (6/21-8/5)

Mutant Red Dawn Stage:

The Amity Affliction (6/21-8/5)
Chelsea Grin (6/21-8/5)
Deez Nuts (6/21-8/5)
Hatebreed (7/13, 7/14)
Ice Nine Kills (6/21-8/5)
Kublai Kahn (6/21-8/5)
MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE (6/21-8/5)
Sharptooth (6/21-8/5)
Silverstein (7/17-7/20, 7/25-7/28)
Turnstile (7/29)
Twiztid (6/21-8/5)
Wage War (6/21-8/5)

Mutant White Lightning Stage:

August Burns Red (7/29-8/5)
Crown The Empire (6/21-8/5)
Dayseeker (6/21-8/5)
Every Time I Die (6/21-8/5)
Hail The Sun (6/21-8/5)
Harm’s Way (6/21-7/23)
In Hearts Wake (6/21-8/5)
Knocked Loose (7/10, 7/18, 7/21, 7/24)
Motionless In White (6/21-8/5)
Nekrogoblikon (6/21-8/5)
Senses Fail (6/21-7/17, 7/20, 7/21, 7/24-8/5)
Unearth (6/21-8/5)

Owlfy.fm Stage:

As It Is (6/21-8/5)
Assuming We Survive (6/21-8/5)
Broadside (7/10-8/5)
Capstan (7/10-8/5)
Chase Atlantic (6/21-7/31)
Dead Girls Academy (6/21-7/8)
Doll Skin (6/21-8/5)
Don Broco (6/21-8/5)
Grayscale (6/21-8/5)
Makeout (6/21-8/5)
Palaye Royale (6/21-8/5)
Phinehas (6/21-7/8)
Picturesque (6/21-7/8)
Sleep On It (7/10-8/5)
Stacked Like Pancakes (7/29)
Story Untold (6/21-8/5)
Trash Boat (6/21-8/5)
With Confidence (6/21-8/5)

Full Sail Stage:

1 Last Chance (7/30 & 7/31)
8 Graves (7/13)
A Friend, A Foe (6/29)
A Summer High (7/16 & 7/18)
A War Within (7/20)
Alteras (7/18-7/19)
Amerakin Overdose (6/30)
Amuse (7/24)
Antonio Hancock (7/12 & 7/29)
Apache Chief (7/25)
Apes Of The State (7/26)
Art Of Shock (6/21)
At Mercy (6/28)
Awake At Last (7/31, 8/2, 8/4 & 8/5)
Bears Among Men (7/1)
Beebs & Her Money Makers (8/2-8/5)
Beneath The Waves (7/7)
Black Alley (7/20-7/22)
Blessing A Curse (8/3-8/5)
Blue Heaven (7/29)
Boarderlines (6/22)
Bodysnatcher (8/2 & 8/4)
Born A New (7/15)
Boundaries (7/15)
Boxford (7/12)
Boys Of Fall (7/20)
Butchered (7/21)
Call Conscious (6/24)
Captain Squeegee (6/29)
Carousel Kings (7/26)
Charmer (7/24)
Chaser (6/22)
Chrmng (8/3)
Circuit Of Suns (7/25 & 7/26)
City Cop (7/18)
Civil Youth (7/13)
Cockeyed Optimist (6/21)
Cold Shoulder (7/27)
Cousin Simple (7/18)
Crash Overcast (6/22)
Crown Magnetar (6/30)
Dark Wing (7/14)
Decent Criminal (6/23)
Discrepancies (6/30-7/5)
Don’t Sleep (7/29)
Downsizing (7/26)
Dr. Beardface & The Spaceman (7/13)
Eidola (6/30)
Emma White (7/10)
Everyone Dies In Utah (7/6-7/8)
Extortionist (6/30)
Failed To Study (6/29-6/30)
Fake A Home (6/28)
Falset (7/17)
Familypet (7/25)
Farewell Winters (6/21-8/5)
Fat Heaven (7/14)
Feverwar (7/16)
Flight Club (7/12)
Fubar (7/16)
Gabe Kubanda (6/28)
Gardenside (6/21, 6/22 & 6/24)
GFBF (7/18, 7/22 & 7/23)
Glacier Veins (7/19)
Glassworld (6/21)
Great American Ghost (7/25-7/26)
Green Screen Kings (7/23)
Grudge Holder (7/27)
Gutterlife (7/28)
Haddonfield’s (7/3)
Half Hearted (7/15, 7/25 & 7/26)
Heroner (6/24)
Home Seeker (7/25 & 7/27)
I The Victor (7/30)
Idle Lives (7/15)
Ignescent (7/22)
In The Red (7/15)
Intervention (8/4)
Inventure (7/13)
Islander (7/1, 7/3-7/8)
Jet Black Alley Cat (7/10)
Johnnie Guilbert (6/21-6/22)
Kaiser Solzie (6/21-8/5)
L.I.F.T. (7/5-7/13)
Lighterburns (6/21-8/5)
Nihiloceros (7/28-7/29)
No Better (6/29)
No Hugs (7/27)
Not Ur Girlfrenz (7/6-7/10)
Oh Weatherly (7/8)
One Last Shot (7/25)
Orchards (7/6)
Pickwick Commons (7/21 & 7/24)
Pour Choices (7/23)
Quietkind (7/23)
Quote Unquote (6/22)
Qwam (7/28)
R I L E Y (6/21-6/23 & 6/29)
Redundant (7/17)
Rob Riccardo (6/28)
Rose Cora Perry (7/17)
Run Rabbit Run (7/19)
Saving Vice (7/27)
Scattered Hamlet (7/8 & 7/10)
Secret Eyes (7/16)
Senior Discount (7/16)
Set Your Anchor (6/30)
Shallow Views (7/28)
Shell Corporation (6/23)
Sincerely, Me (6/24)
Size Fives (7/23)
Skyhaven (7/22-7/23)
Skyward Story (7/29-7/31)
Small Talks (7/30-8/2)
Something More (7/29)
Sondorblue (7/30)
South Paw (7/20)
Spiral Method (6/23)
Standard Issue (6/21)
State To State (6/22, 6/28 & 6/29)
Stay Loud! (7/16)
Stone Clover (7/20, 7/21, 7/26 & 7/27)
Stringer (7/28)
Summer Wars (7/12, 7/30 & 7/31)
Sundressed (6/28)
Sweatergirl (7/20)
Tao Jones (7/31)
Tat (6/21-7/23)
Taylor Phelan (7/6)
Tha Native (6/21)
The Band Camino (8/3)
The Hails (8/5)
The Kreutzer Sonata (7/21)
The Living Strange (7/14)
The Prozacs (7/15)
The Rift (7/19 & 7/24)
The Split Seconds (7/18-7/20)
The Stolen (7/14)
The Studs (7/21)
The Voiceless (8/3)
The World Over (6/29-7/7)
Throw The Goat (6/21)
To Whom It May (7/6-7/8)
Treads (7/14 & 7/29)
Tropidelic (7/30-8/5)
Two Birds (7/16, 7/18 & 7/19)
Vanessa Silberman (6/29)
Vanish (7/13)
Varials (7/13)
Vegas Lights (7/20)
Versus The World (6/24)
Walk The Plank (7/29)
War Prayer (7/22)
We Were Sharks (7/25)
Whitney Peyton (6/28)
Who Knows (7/21)
Who Saves The Hero (6/22)
Wide Awake (7/6)
Widowmaker (7/31)
Wilder Sons (8/5)
Young Lungs (7/16)
Yungblud (7/3, 7/15-7/16, 7/26-7/31)

Tour Dates:

06/21 Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex
06/22 San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium Lot
06/23 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
06/24 Ventura, CA – Ventura County Fairgrounds
06/28 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavillion
06/29 Las Vegas, NV – Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
06/30 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
07/01 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
07/03 St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
07/05 Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
07/06 Dallas, TX – Starplex Pavilion
07/07 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
07/08 Houston, TX – NRG Park
07/10 Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Fairgrounds
07/12 Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
07/13 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
07/14 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
07/15 Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
07/16 Pittsburgh, PA – Keybank Pavilion
07/17 Toronto, ON – The Flats at Budweiser Stage
07/18 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
07/19 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
07/20 Detroit, MI – Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
07/21 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
07/22 Minneapolis, MN – Canterbury Park
07/23 Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheatre
07/24 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
07/25 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake PAC
07/26 Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
07/27 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
07/28 Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre
07/29 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/30 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
07/31 Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre
08/02 Jacksonville, FL – The Old Cypress Lot near Met Park
08/03 Orlando, FL – Tinker Field
08/04 Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Ampitheater
08/05 West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Ampitheatre

Set It Off Added To Three Vans Warped Tour Dates

Set It Off have been confirmed as one of the special guests for three dates on this year’s Vans Warped Tour. Here’s where you can catch them:

07/27 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
07/28 Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre
08/03 Orlando, FL – Tinker Field

Motionless In White Part Ways With Bassist Devin “Ghost” Sola

Motionless In White have parted ways with bassist Devin “Ghost” Sola. With him gone, former member TJ Bell (Escape The Fate) will be returning to the group as a fill-in bassist for Warped Tour.

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The band said the following:

“MIW Fans,

We regret to inform you that Motionless In White and long time bassist Devin “Ghost” Sola are parting ways. It has been a pleasure to have spent the past 7 years on the road around the world with Devin creating lifelong memories. We wish him nothing but the best as he enters the next chapter of his life. For more information please see Devin’s social pages @lonesomeghosts.

We will still be performing on every single date of the upcoming Vans Warped Tour 2018 and are excited to announce that ex-Motionless member TJ Bell will be filling in on bass for the duration of the tour.

Thank you for your understanding, and thank you Devin for your dedication, creativity, and all that you have contributed towards Motionless In White for the past 7 years.

-MIW”

Sola also issued his own statement:

“It is believed that every seven years you experience a substantial shift in your life. In 2011 I arrived at a new, exciting chapter and now in 2018 I am entering another. As of today I will officially be parting ways with Motionless In White. I’ve traveled the world, had unforgettable experiences and most importantly created friendships that will last a lifetime. I had the amazing privilege of performing and showing my art to the world and that’s truly all I could ever ask for. Unfortunately in more recent times a multitude of circumstances made it extremely difficult for me to hold on to my connection with so many. The cons simply began to outweigh the pros. It hindered my ability to live a productive life. I began deprioritizing myself and my well being. This began to take a toll on my psyche and at the hardest of times caused me to experience fatigue, overwhelming anxiety and depression. As I grow older and analyze things differently I realize that I have to consider the results of this and make a change in order to live a happy and healthy life. Thank you to every crew member, fellow musician and anyone else I shared this time with. I am incredibly fortunate for everything I have experienced and truly blessed for having such amazing and talented individuals in my life. You influenced me to be my strongest and helped me when I was at my weakest. I can’t thank you enough and love you all. Above all, thank you to every fan who has shown their sincere, incredible support. You poured your hearts out and I consider myself so lucky to be a part of the community you invited me into. You truly are the driving force. Many of you continuously touched my heart with your dedication, creativity and passion. You are the fire that kept me burning through out these past seven years and I will never forget that. I will continue to hold onto the love and energy you have all so graciously given me and place it in a positive, new environment for myself. Thank you.”