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Atreyu Issues Statement Regarding From First To Last Incident

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Atreyu has issued a follow-up statement explaining in further detail the circumstances behind the recent removal of support act From First To Last from the group's headlining tour.

In a posting on its MySpace page, From First To Last stated about the trek, "We did everything possible to stay on this tour. Sonny [Moore, vocals] would not have been able to sing due to a tear in his vocal cord, but would have been onstage playing guitar while Craig, of Chiodos, would handle singing duties for the remainder of the tour. Our plan to enable us to play the rest of the tour was disregarded and as our crew was setting up for the show in Worcester, MA we were informed that we were being kicked off the tour. Understand that it was not our choice to leave this tour... we were forced to leave."

Atreyu's latest statement reads as follows:

"Atreyu has been portrayed in a terrible light during the course of this, and we're tired of it. We felt the need to make one final post including the honest truth about the issue.

"Due to Sonny's vocal problems forcing him to leave the tour, From First To Last would become an incomplete band. In the business of touring, from personal experience, and with the help of management (we have the same management as From First To Last, mind you), we came to the industry conclusion: incomplete band, incomplete money... We offered From First To Last (minus the lead singer) a MORE than appropriate amount of money, whereas most other bands would have just asked them to leave altogether. The amount was MUCH MORE than we ever got on a tour as a support band (when we had sold many more records than From First To Last has now and when the headliners were much larger than our band is now). From First To Last responded to this by saying they were going to bring Sonny out as a guitarist and have Craig from Chiodos sing their set so they could get paid as they had with Sonny singing... For one, if you cared about your singer at all he should be at home, resting, not playing guitar just so your band can make more money. Two, we didn't want Craig to sing two sets a night and hurt his voice, forcing both bands to have to drop off (regardless of whether he said he's done it before or not)... They, unfortunately, declined this offer.

"At this point we were sad because all we've ever tried to do was help From First To Last... We've put them on numerous shows (i.e. our Halloween show last year, a tour in Europe and this tour). So in turn we get repaid with the threat of a lawsuit and public slander of us as a band and as people. We also found it disturbing that they referred to our actions as 'malicious intent' when all we tried to do was approach this issue with the highest level of maturity and professionalism. They were the ones who publicly bashed us and claimed (among other things) that they didn't know why they were kicked off the tour, as though it were a spur-of-the-moment, one-sided decision... Coming from people we considered 'friends,' we were greatly disappointed. Take note: they also declined to scale down their brand new top-of-the-line bus, extensive crew, and trailer 'studio' to make this still generous guarantee even more accommodating. Thus proving that they didn't exactly do 'everything they could to stay.'

"The breaking point came soon after when they turned down our offer and Matt Good (guitar player) threatened to sue us, our manager (who is their manager too), and our booking agent if we didn't pay them their original amount. If your band doesn't have their singer (and their singer is a huge part of that band), you shouldn't do the tour, right? We were very, very generous in giving them a chance to stay on the tour. Most bands wouldn't have... At this point we decided that we didn't want a money-hungry band on the tour and definitely not one that was threatening us with a lawsuit. We play music for the love of it. For the way it makes us feel. We don't appreciate or enjoy the company of bands that are in this for the rock-star life and the money.

"We never wanted to get into details but were forced to address the negative feedback that resulted in the absence of From First To Last on this tour. Still, we wish Sonny Moore the best and hope he has a speedy and full recovery. As for the rest of the band: I hope one day you will realize that being cocky and greedy will get you nowhere but back home...

"We hope you all understand our side of the story. We hope this clears up any confusion anyone may have on this issue. This tour has continued and will continue to be great fun with our great friends Every Time I Die and Chiodos.

"Thank you to all the people that are still coming to the shows and having a wonderful time with us."

Source: Loudside.com

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1. Diamond Oz writes:

Having read that I don't think it shows them in any better light. They were just chatting about money.

# Nov 1, 2006 @ 5:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. RememberMetal? writes:

From First to Last should have hopped off the tour altogether but if the band wanted to soldier through Atreyu should have given them the benefit of the doubt.....

It's just kind of whore thing to force someone off if their willing to do their best. The singer was still willing to pick up an axe and let another guy stand in....Granted fans were there to hear them with their ussual singer but he was willing to be there....

Spooky-core/dark wave kids seem like a sympathetic and undestanding lot. They would have accepted a jerry-rigged From First to Last I think....

Atreyu need to chill the f*** out.

# Nov 1, 2006 @ 5:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. asswhore writes:

not that it really matters, but atreyu is not the one with the problem. They clearly stated that they wanted to let from first to last "solider" through the tour, but they also wanted to get paid the full amount they were going to get, which is pretty ridiculous.

# Nov 1, 2006 @ 6:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. RememberMetal? writes:

asshore...great name btw,

They could have easily done as Metallica have. I caught Metallica minus James Hetfield at Summer Sanitarium.

I paid full price and didn't see/hear James, he had a bunch of stand ins from other bands (namely Serj and Darron from Soad, Jon Davis from Korn among others) as well as Jason taking the mic for the most part. I enjoyed myself. Furthermore I was able to catch Metallica FREE with my ticket stub later that summer.

FFTL could have done a similar gesture I'm sure.

This whole goth-core melodrama could have easily been avoided, but now Atreyu look like money grubbing asses and to a lesser extent so do FFTL.

# Nov 1, 2006 @ 7:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. dmasa writes:

yea thats all they do care about is money thats what happens when a band becomes mainstream as hell, just look at metallica perfect example.

# Nov 1, 2006 @ 8:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. XxNorCalKidxX writes:

i love atreyu but i definitly agree that if FFTL was willing to let sonny play guitar and let Craig sing, atreyu should let them do that. who cares if they want their full pay. give it to them. incomplete band, incomplete pay? the whole band is there performing for the people and Craig is willing to pitch in his voice too. its not atreyu's place to be worrying about Craig's voice and wellbeing. if he agrees and chooses to sing knowing that his voice could be at risk, its his voice, his choice.

# Nov 2, 2006 @ 1:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. sirroyalbrown writes:

agreed norcalkid.... Atreyu i have loved your music for years.. i have stood by this cd (even though its nowhere like the others), and learned to grow and like it.. Unfortunately i do not whatsover one bit like the fact, that just because an injury comes around you cant learn to delve with the issues and let the f***ers play.. Honestly... why does it matter if from first to last looks like sh** on stage??? You guys are still headlining coming out onto the mainstream pretty heavy.. If you really cared about the music you would let them play to show that you dont care how others act and that music is really about dignity.. Which i think thats all fftl wanted

# Nov 2, 2006 @ 9:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Chupacabra_hunter writes:

I think its funny that they wanted to sue their own managment,managment should drop them.

# Nov 3, 2006 @ 1:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. XxNorCalKidxX writes:

i most definitly am not going to waste my money to drive all the way to san jose to the World Championship Tour to just see Atreyu and Chiodos. its not worth my money and my time to see only a partial tour. Atreyu thinks its imcomplete band, incomplete pay... i think incomplete tour, incomplete pay. so unless they choose to lower ticket price, im not buying a ticket for 2/3 of the show.

# Nov 3, 2006 @ 1:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Up8 writes:

Atreyu is in the right, they are the headliners, they have the control who stays who goes on the whole tour, and who gets paid what. Atreyu should care about chiodos' voice because if he should lose his voice as well as sunny's from playing twice a night, the whole tour would go down to sh** from 2 bands dropping to injuries, and when youre that high up in the industry, youre damn right its all about money, these bands better get as much money as they can before their career is over, metalcore and this "emo" music is all a dying fad, so they better milk as much money as they possibly could.

# Nov 4, 2006 @ 12:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. rising end writes:

well i wouldnt say metalcore is a "dying fad" or a fad for that matter, look at unearth they just released a great album and are still playing strong, same with himsa. now its bands like atreyu ond from drag to fag tht will evetually fade away, bnads that sacrifice sound for airplay, and care more about money than the shows and the fans. people see thru this bullsh** and eventually stop buying, i guess money really is the source of all evil.

# Nov 4, 2006 @ 11:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. hehe writes:

from first to last is definitely in the right. (not to mention that they are also musically more proficient.) not only did atreyu contradict themselves many times, the only thing i get out of reading that is that atreyu wanted more money. screw them.

# Nov 5, 2006 @ 10:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. ajhxc writes:

music needs to be played for the love not the money thats all i have to say

# Nov 6, 2006 @ 2:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. RememberMetal? writes:

Theres no real good guy in this ordeal.

FFTL are the upstarts who are still young, hungry and are trying to prove themselves semi-wrecklessly. Atreyu are fast becoming the elder statesman of their genre and as they haven't had a whirlwind success are being careful with their $$$.

FFTL look like spoiled greedy kids by passing off a downed vocalist as a guitarist. However, they also look semi-hero by having the singer onstage so fans who bought these tickets ages ago still get to see him.

Atreyu are practical (see: smart) and money savvy but they appear like asses to anyone 10-23 who has few or no money worries yet by kicking a new and agruably hotter item like FFTL off the bill.

This could have been avoided entirely by keeping FFTL on, having the Craig-guy (or possibly be good sports and have both vocalists rotate) stand in and keeping the singer on as an axeman.

Then FFTL come back as headliners later so fans with Atreyu/FFTL ticket stubs get in 1/2 off or free for not getting to hear the real singer the first time around.

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