William Francis (William Control, Ex-Aiden) Denies Sex Cult Allegations In Series Of Videos

As previously reported, William Control, aka William Francis (ex-Aiden), was accused of running a sex cult with various women coming forward claiming he would groom them in their early teens and have them engage in BDSM when they became 18. Alleged victims also said he would inflict physical and emotional abuse, extort money, have them sign contracts in blood, and brand them by having his initials tattooed near their genitals. The Federal Way Police Department in Federal Way, Washington were running an investigation based on the accusations, but they ended up declining to prosecute him. Now, after maintaining a low profile for awhile, Francis has decided to return with a series of videos in an effort to clear his name.

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William Francis (William Control, Ex-Aiden) Accused Of Running A “Sex Cult”

William Francis, aka William Control (ex-Aiden), has been accused of running a sex cult. A lengthy report shared by The Daily Beast says various women have come forward claiming he started grooming them while they were in their early teens and would then have them engage in BDSM when they became 18. The article goes on to say Francis would also inflict physical and emotional abuse, extort money, etc. He would even go as far as having the victims sign contracts in blood and tattoo his initials near their genitals as a form of branding. The Federal Way Police Department in Federal Way, Washington were running an investigation based on the accusations, but they have now declined to prosecute him.

Francis himself issued the following statement on June 7:

“Dear reader,

I have seen the latest controversy floating around the internet regarding the same allegations from last year.

The truth is: I went into the police for questioning about these allegations earlier this year. After showing the detective my side of the story, including private communication, he recommended no charges be pressed, because it was clear the behavior was consensual.

I have, in the past, engaged in heavy role play and bondage relationships WITH consent. However, I do not engage in that sort of play anymore. And for anyone who feels as though I have hurt them or violated their consent, I am sorry. It won’t ever happen again.

There are lots of things that have been said that are outright lies. I have never been with underage girls. I have never been involved in a “sex cult.”

I work all-day every-day in the print shop or in the recording studio making stuff for the fans. I spend my evenings with my wife and son hanging out playing Nintendo or watching cartoons. I haven’t been on the road in almost a year. My life just isn’t that interesting. I’m sorry, I wish it were.

Please stop harassing and sending death threats to my wife my son. That is way out of line.

W”

He then followed up with another post the next day:

“Dear reader,

I’ve decided that in order to move forward with my life I am shutting everything down completely. There will be no pre order for the new record. I don’t want the artists on the label to be affected by my own personal shit.

I’m sorry to everyone but it’s best that I focus on my family and not have any more communication with the outside world.

Take care everyone. You really have made my live amazing.

W”

You can read more about the allegations including statements from the victims at The Daily Beast. This news comes as Francis was getting ready to release a new album called “Revelations” on Friday (June 22).

William Control Added To Upcoming Motionless In White, The Amity Affliction & Miss May I Tour

William Control has been added to Motionless In White’s fall headlining tour. As previously announced, The Amity Affliction and Miss May I will join them as well.

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Tour Dates:

09/28 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
09/29 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
09/30 Los Angeles, CA – The Novo
10/01 San Francisco, CA – The Regency
10/03 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
10/04 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
10/06 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
10/07 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
10/08 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
10/09 Kansas City, MO – The Truman
10/11 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
10/12 New York, NY – PlayStation Theater
10/13 Uncasville, CT – The Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun (Motionless In White only)
10/14 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
10/15 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!
10/17 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
10/18 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
10/20 Sauget, IL – Pop’s Nightclub
10/21 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
10/22 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
10/24 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
10/25 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
10/26 San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
10/28 Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
10/29 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
10/30 Richmond, VA – The National
10/31 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory

Lineup For 2017 Vans Warped Tour Officially Revealed

The lineup for the 2017 Vans Warped Tour has officially been revealed. Check it out below.

Journey’s Left Foot Stage:

Attila (06/16 – 07/02, 07/06 – 08/06)
CKY
Bowling For Soup (06/27 – 07/02, 07/26 – 07/27, 07/29, 07/30)
Futuristic (06/16 – 06/23, 06/25 – 08/06)
Hawthorne Heights
I Prevail
Julie Vera
New Years Day
Never Shout Never (throwback set) (06/27 – 07/07)
Sammy Adams (06/16 – 07/28, 08/01 – 08/06)
Watsky (06/17 – 07/14, 07/16-07/18, 07/20, 07/21, 07/23 – 08/06)

Hard Rock Stage:

The Adolescents
The Alarm (07/07 – 07/16, 08/04 – 08/06)
Anti-Flag (06/27 – 07/24)
The Ataris (06/16 – 08/01)
Bad Cop / Bad Cop (06/16 – 08/06)
The Dickies (06/16 – 06/22, 06/24, 06/25)
Dollskin (06/16 – 06/25)
Fire From The Gods
Municipal Waste (06/16 – 07/02, 07/06 – 08/06)
Sick Of It All (06/21 – 08/06)
Strung Out (06/16 – 07/11, 08/04 – 08/06)
The Suicide Machines (07/18 – 07/21)
T.S.O.L. (07/22 – 08/06)
Valient Thorr

Skullcandy Stage:

Alestorm (06/21 – 08/06)
Bad Seed Rising (06/16 – 07/04)
Barb Wire Dolls
Big D And The Kids Table (07/06 -07/16)
Microwave
Riverboat Gamblers (07/29 – 07/30)
Sonic Boom Six
Stacked Like Pancakes (07/16 – 08/06)
Street Dogs (07/06 – 07/16)
Twilight Creeps (08/04 – 08/06)
War On Women
The White Noise
William Control

Full Sail Stage:

Bad Omens (07/04 – 07/24)
Boston Manor
Carousel Kings (06/16 – 07/04)
Courage My Love
Creeper
The Dukes (06/27 – 07/02)
Eternal Boy (07/14)
The Fantastic Plastics (06/16 – 07/02)
Farewell Winters
Feeki
The Gospel Youth
Knocked Loose
Montage (07/18)
Movements
Naked Walrus (06/23 – 06/24)
One Last Shot (07/07 – 07/10)
Playboy Manbaby (06/22 & 08/06)
Sarah and The Safe Word (06/29)
Separations (07/06 – 07/24)
Shattered Sun (07/26 – 08/06)
tiLLie (07/26 – 08/06)
Trophy Eyes
The Waves (07/18)

Monster Mutant North Stage:

The Acacia Strain
Being As An Ocean
Candiria (06/21 – 08/06)
Counterparts
Fit For A King
Hatebreed (06/21 – 08/06)
Silent Planet
Stick To Your Guns (06/16 – 07/02, 07/06 – 08/06)
Sylar

Monster Mutant South Stage:

After The Burial
Blessthefall
Carnifex
Emmure
Gwar
Hundredth
Silverstein
Sworn In
Too Close To Touch

Journey’s Right Foot Stage:

American Authors (06/16 – 07/19, 07/21 – 08/06)
Andy Black
Beartooth (06/28 – 08/06)
Dance Gavin Dance
Goldfinger (06/16 – 06/17. 08/04 – 08/06)
Hands Like Houses
Memphis May Fire
Neck Deep
Our Last Night
Save Ferris (06/22 – 08/01,08/05)
Streelight Manifesto (06/24)

It is worth noting that Kevin Lyman said there will be some surprise acts at select shows as well.

Tour Dates:

06/16 Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field
06/17 Salem, OR – Oregon State Fairgrounds
06/21 Albuquerque, NM – Balloon Fiesta Park
06/22 Phoenix, AZ – Fear Farm Festival Grounds
06/23 Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Hotel And Casino
06/24 Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fair
06/25 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
06/27 Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Fair
06/28 New Orleans, LA – Shrine On Airline
06/29 Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre
06/30 Orlando, FL – Tinker Field
07/01 St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Waterfront Park
07/02 West Palm Beach, FL – Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
07/04 Wilmington, NC – Legion Stadium
07/06 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
07/07 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
07/08 Long Island, NY – Nikon Theater at Jones Beach
07/09 Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
07/10 Scranton, PA – The Pavilion At Montage Mountain
07/11 Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
07/12 Mansfield, MA – XFINITY Center
07/13 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lakes Amphitheater
07/14 Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
07/15 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
07/16 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/18 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
07/19 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
07/20 Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
07/21 Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace Of Auburn Hills
07/22 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
07/23 Shakopee, MN – Canterbury Park
07/24 Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheater
07/26 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
07/27 Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Amphitheater
07/28 Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
07/29 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
07/30 Houston, TX – NRG Park
08/01 Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico State University
08/04 San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
08/05 San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium
08/06 Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex

Lineup Reportedly Leaks For 2017 Vans Warped Tour

The lineup for the 2017 Vans Warped Tour has apparently been leaked, and can be found below. This information comes from a leaked document from the July 19, Cincinnati, OH date, which is set to take place at the Riverbend Music Center. The official lineup announcement will be made on March 22.

Journey’s Left Foot Stage:

Attila
CKY
Futuristic
Hawthorne Heights
I Prevail
Julie Vera
New Years Day
Sammy Adams

Journey’s Right Foot Stage:

American Authors
Andy Black
Beartooth
Dance Gavin Dance
Hands Like Houses
Memphis May Fire
Neck Deep
Our Last Night
Save Ferris

Monster Mutant North Stage:

The Acacia Strain
Being As An Ocean
Candiria
Counterparts
Fit For A King
Hatebreed
Silent Planet
Stick To Your Guns
Sylar

Monster Mutant South Stage:

After The Burial
Bless The Fall
Carnifex
Emmure
Gwar
Hundredth
Silverstein
Sworn In
Too Close To Touch

Skullcandy Stage:

Alestorm
Barb Wire Dolls
Microwave
Sonic Boom Six
Stacked Like Pancakes
War On Women
The White Noise
William Control

Hard Rock Stage:

The Adolescents
Anti Flag
The Ataris
Bad Cop / Bad Cop
Fire From The Gods
Municipal Waste
Sick Of It All
Suicide Machines
Valient Thorr

Full Sail Stage:

Bad Omens
Boston Manor
Courage My Love
Creeper
Farewell Winters
Feeki
The Gospel Youth
Knocked Loose
Movements
Separations
Trophy Eyes

Tour Dates:

06/16 Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field
06/17 Salem, OR – TBA
06/21 Albuquerque, NM – Balloon Fiesta Park
06/22 Phoenix, AZ – Fear Farm Festival Grounds
06/23 Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Hotel And Casino
06/24 Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fair
06/25 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
06/27 Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Fair
06/28 New Orleans, LA – Shrine On Airline
06/29 Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre
06/30 Orlando, FL – Tinker Field
07/01 St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Waterfront Park
07/02 West Palm Beach, FL – Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
07/04 Wilmington, NC – Legion Stadium
07/06 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
07/07 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
07/08 Long Island, NY – Nikon Theater at Jones Beach
07/09 Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
07/10 Scranton, PA – The Pavilion At Montage Mountain
07/11 Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
07/12 Mansfield, MA – XFINITY Center
07/13 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lakes Amphitheater
07/14 Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
07/15 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
07/16 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/18 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
07/19 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
07/20 Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
07/21 Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace Of Auburn Hills
07/22 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
07/23 Shakopee, MN – Canterbury Park
07/24 Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheater
07/26 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
07/27 Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Amphitheater
07/28 Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
07/29 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
07/30 Houston, TX – NRG Park
08/01 Las Cruces, NM – TBA
08/04 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
08/05 San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium
08/06 Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex

Andy Black (Black Veil Brides) Announces 2017 Tour With William Control & Palaye Royale

Andy Black, aka Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), has announced a North American headlining tour. He will also be joined by special guests William Control and Palaye Royale.

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Tour Dates:

02/08 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
02/10 Patchogue, NY – 89 North Music Venue
02/11 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
02/12 Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
02/14 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
02/15 Toronto, ON – Opera House
02/17 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
02/18 St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
02/19 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
02/21 Palatine, IL – Durty Nellie’s
02/24 Saskatoon, SK – Saskatoon Event Centre
02/25 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Ballroom
02/26 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
02/28 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
03/01 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
03/03 Pomona, CA – Glasshouse

Black Veil Brides Reveal Opening Bands For “Halloweekend”

Black Veil Brides previously announced a couple of shows for Halloween weekend, which they called “Halloweekend,” and now they revealed the openining acts. The shows will take place October 31 in Tempe, Arizona and November 1 in Los Angeles, California and will feature Black Veil Brides, along with Falling In Reverse, William Control, From First To Last, Set It Off and Drama Club.

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Tickets are available now.