DANCE GAVIN DANCE have announced that their lead singer Johnny Craig is not in the band anymore. Craig stated that the band wants to “go harder” and that he doesn’t. Drummer Mingus confirmed that Craig’s replacement will be Tilian Pearson, formerly of TIDES OF MAN.
Drummer Mingus confirmed on his Facebook that Craig’s replacement will be Tilian Pearson, formerly of Tides of Man.
Craig (on the photo below) commented:
DGD wants to go harder and I don’t, so they have found another singer. The Allstars tour sh*t just kinda rushed what was gonna happen anyway
It was just time to go another way. I love the dudes and the band but I feel I’m made for more then what Iv been doing.
I respect DGD and whatever they do. It’s better this way. Trust meeeeeee folksssss
I’m sure whoever they get will sing my songs perfectly.
Wait it out folks :) my new stuff won’t let yaaaaa down
Guys. I did not decide this DGD move. I respect what they want and I kno I’m going to move forward like always
By now you have all heard that I’m no longer with DGD. I’ve decided its time for me to focus on my solo project moving forward. I appreciate my time in Dance Gavin Dance, but its time for me to move on and concentrate on my solo career. I wish the best for those dudes and the success of DGD. I have a solo tour in the UK in October and will be announcing a Full US Tour shortly. Stay tuned for the next chapter in Jonny Craig’s career.
Soon after that the head of Sumerian records tweeted:
@jonnycraig4l Yo you drug addict low class thief. You have 5 minutes to apologize to everyone you have wronged on @theallstarstour or urgone.
The band issued the following statement:
When Jonny rejoined Dgd, we were about to call it quits. Tired of touring and being away from home for 8 months of the year, we wanted to shake things up. We thought it’d be fun to do a dbm sequel with Jonny and go out on that. We recorded dbm2 and felt it would be a disservice to our fans not to let them hear the new record live. We did a tour and felt rejuvenated but Jonny wasn’t in a good place. After trying to convince him into getting help over warped tour, we canceled a headliner in November/December 2011 and told him we wouldn’t tour until he sought out real help for his addiction.
We got our good friend Matt Geise to fill in for a short run we did earlier this year while Jonny was in rehab. He was released and wanted to be out on the road immediately. We weren’t sure how things would go so we only booked a small portion of the all stars tour to see if Jonny could still function as our lead singer. After a week and a half things were not going well. Everything came to a head when Jonny was publicly scolded by the owner of sumerian records for multiple offenses. It was then that we realized that our time with Jonny had reached its end. We wish Jonny the best In his future endeavors but he will no longer be a part of DGD. We however will continue playing and writing music because it’s what we love doing.
In other news news, the band added:
DGD Vocalist Jon Mess has opened an online store for his artwork. Check it out and buy some paintings!