Bassist Ashley Purdy says his comments were taken out of context
Black Veil Brides have spoken out about break-up rumours after comments from bassist Ashley Purdy led fans to believe the band were splitting up.
Purdy appeared on an episode of Another FN Podcast, where he spoke of the band’s planned live shows. “We start Thursday at Warped Tour in Pomona [California], and we are 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,” he added. “So, you better fucking go, because that’s gonna be it.” He later added, “You better see us before you don’t see us.” The podcast episode has since been taken down.
Frontman Andy Biersack was quick to clarify the comments, telling Loudwire: “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,” he added. “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.”
“I can say that I’m aware that there have been conversations about various side projects and things that people wanted to do,” Biersack continued.
“And, as always, with any band that’s been around for a while, that’s encouraged. People want to make different types of art or music, there’s never been anything but encouragement as far as that goes. I can say that yeah, there probably will be supplementary projects coming up from different members of the band. But as far as the band ending after the Warped Tour, that certainly isn’t my plan.”
Purdy later made a statement about his comments, writing:
“Just for the record and clarification: And this is expressed in great humour..
I never once said, “the band is breaking up”, as news outlets used as their headline to click bait you basically into reading way more into a story than it actually was.
The miss information came from a podcast that I was going with a fellow musician and another industry colleague where we we’re just having a discussion about music and laughing and having a good time. It was basically a friendly discussion and less of an interview but when someone did ask what’s on the horizon for Black Veil Brides the honest answer is still the same. We have eight shows left on the Final Warped Tour ever, so again, yes, that’s the last time you’ll see us play there, and again, come see us now as this will be the last time. See the context.
We have one festival show out in October and that’s it, so yeah thats all thats on the calendar and that’s kind of how all of that got taken out of context.
Very few listened to the entire podcast in it’s entirety before that headline quote of the band breaking up got blown outta proportion, of course for something news worthy it played into the dramatic.
But honestly it was a lighthearted and fun discussion that one news outlet just writes Ashley says “the band is breaking up” and then so on and so forth everyone just takes that and runs with it again out of context from the entire discussion and not the literal words i’ve ever said.
Anyhow, Day 1 of Warped and we’re all excitedly looking forward to performing for you all. ‘See is there now cuz you won’t see us there again.’ Lol”