Divine Heresy Fires Lead Singer Tommy Cummings
Dino Cazares', best known for his time with Fear Factory, band Divine Heresy has fired their singer Tommy Cummings. Headbangers Ball has posted the following blog with quote from guitaist Cazares:
"He gave us 10 different reasons why we should stop — 'My microphone doesn't work, I got diarrhea, the monitors are fucked up' — whatever he could think of. We decided that's not fair to the fans. We wanted to give them a full show."
In part, the other members of Divine Heresy decided to finish the gig because they didn't think Cummings was being honest about why he wanted to cut the set short. "We felt that he wanted to end the show early to go hang out at the New England Metal Fest, which we were supposed to be performing at the next day," Cazares said.
But when Divine Heresy blasted into the next song, Cummings became unglued. He tried to pry the drumsticks from Tim Yeung’s hands, then he shoved Cazares, knocking him down. "The venue has a weird step onstage, and I hit the step and fell after he pushed me," Cazares said. "He just caught me off balance. It was extremely unprofessional, and, in my head I just knew it was over with him."
The Poughkeepsie incident was the final straw in a relationship that had grown increasingly strained over time. From the start, Cummings' hardcore and hip-hop background clashed with the rest of the band’s brutal death metal orientation, and as the lead singer, he seemed to see himself as the leader of the group even though the band was formed by Cazares. "He's a big, intimidating guy and he knows how to use that to his advantage," the guitarist explained. "We didn’t agree on a lot of things and we thought it was better that he left."
Source: Kill Your Stereo
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