Uh oh. Troubling news about Escape the Fate. The Las Vegas-based rock band has pulled out of its European tour with Bullet For My Valentine and postponed two headlining shows in London because bassist Max Green has entered an undisclosed rehab center for drug and alcohol addiction.
According to his Twitter account, Green entered rehab earlier this week and is finding strength in Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx’s autobiography, The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star. Green met his idol earlier this month when Escape the Fate appeared on Sixx’s syndicated radio program.
Green tweeted the news about entering rehab to Sixx, adding, “meeting you was an honor. Thank you.” He also sent this message to his fans and followers earlier this afternoon: “Thanks 4 the support everyone. I was doin so well w/my drug addiction, then things in my life went 2 shit, I fell hard, but u give me strength.”
- From the archive
- CD review: Escape the Fate (11/04/10)
- Escape the Fate has moved well beyond its troubled past (10/28/10)
The setback comes at a bad time. Escape the Fate’s eponymous third album dropped November 2 and could use the promotion touring provides. The album debuted at 25 on Billboard.
In an official press statement, lead singer Craig Mabbitt expressed the band’s support for Green during this trying time.
“Max needs his friends and family by his side, so we’re not gonna leave him. Max is one of my best friends and has never done this band wrong in any way, shape or form. It's very honorable of him to admit he has a problem and wants to seek help for the longevity of his life and this band. I'm so sorry to the fans, but so proud of Max. He needs our love and support through this rough time in his life, so let's give it to him. Our soldiers never let us down and we will be back to play Europe and the two London dates very soon. We love you guys.”
Guitarist Monte B. Money reiterated this via his Twitter: “So proud of u @max_the_ripper for being true to yourself & having the courage to take action ... I love you brother ... Prayers go out to you…”