UPDATE: Tommy Vext is officially no longer in Bad Wolves. The band released the following statement today:
“It is true that Bad Wolves and vocalist Tommy Vext have parted ways. The four of us plan to continue making music and a new album is planned for later this year. Tommy has been a big part of Bad Wolves and we are grateful for his contributions. There is not much else to report at this moment but to send love and gratitude to the fans who have supported Bad Wolves from day one. We would not be here without you.”
MetalSucks are reporting that Tommy Vext has apparently left (or is in the process of leaving) Bad Wolves, the LA metal band that started out in 2017 and is currently managed by Zoltan Bathory of Five Finger Death Punch.
It seems Vext revealed the news late last night (January 8th) during a live stream chat via his Instagram account. Said streaming video is no longer available for viewing, but here’s more info from MetalSucks:
“Reliable sources who saw the live broadcast tell MetalSucks that Vext claimed his conservative political views caused an irreconcilable schism with his bandmates and their record label, Better Noise (formerly Eleven Seven), and that he felt leaving the band was his only option. He said that Bad Wolves will continue without him, that he will launch a solo career, and claimed to have written all or most of the band’s new record himself (whether he was talking about their 2019 album, Nation, or an unreleased future effort isn’t clear).” MS also note that it’s not presently clear whether Vext quit, was fired, or if the split was mutual, as the band have yet to issue an official statement on the matter.
Vext has made metal headlines with his political views amid a global pandemic, which includes concerns (which he expressed via an interview with Andy Hall of Lazer 103.3) that the coronavirus crisis has been “politically hijacked” and that “certain governors with certain political leanings are continuing to overextend a lockdown order that on a global standpoint, it’s scientifically arguable that it was necessary to begin with.” After the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent protests that occurred (and are still occurring) throughout the nation and the world, Vext noted via his socials that he had never “experienced actual racism” and that “we don’t have a problem with race here” and that “it’s all manufactured.” Vext later noted that his comments were “widely misunderstood.”
This story is developing…
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