News•May 9, 2011 11:50 AM ET•7,069 views
Motionless In White fires guitarist
Our apologies for not delivering this life-altering news to you prior to the weekend, but Motionless In White has parted ways with guitarist TJ Bell. The band's statement is as follows: "We want to clear up all the confusion about the situation with Tj and our band parting ways. We have made the decision to let Tj go from MIW based on many issues we've been having with him over the years. As some of you may know.. Tj left our band in the middle of touring with us to fill in on bass for Escape The Fate and gave us NO warning whatsoever before he left. As we came to find out... TJ told ETF's management and Craig that he had already asked us in MIW how we felt about it and that we agreed. That was NOT the case at all. The Truth is that he showed up to practice 2 days before we left for tour and told us about ALL of this for the first time and said that it was already set in motion and we didn't have a choice because he was 'doing what's best for TJ.' He basically fucked us last minute. Then to top it off.. decided to let us know that instead of leaving for 5 days as he had mentioned when first telling us about all of this... he was now going to be gone for 9 days....... he told us this with only a week before leaving with NO time to find a fill in for him whatsoever :/ If our live performance didn't HEAVILY depend on having 2 guitarists then it wouldn't have been a huge deal to us... but unfortunately having 1 guitar player in a band like ours causes your show to suffer greatly. We agreed to let TJ go (even though we didn't have a choice anyway since TJ already had fights booked and ETF paid for it all) because Chris personally spoke to Craig and sorted all of this confusion out. We love ETF and Craig so we had no problem helping them out even though it was putting us in such a tough spot. "So knowing all of that story, now it's time for you guys to see the REAL reasons we let TJ go. The more major reason that we made this tough decision is because a few days before he ended up leaving, all of us in the band got into a pretty big conversation and Tj stated his admission to us that he doesn't like any of us and is only in MIW because he doesn't want to go home and have to work a real job. To us... we shouldn't have to have someone in our band who doesn't like any of us or who isn't as passionate as we are about everything pertaining to MIW and our fans which you obviously know we care about greatly. We are over people always asking 'Where's Tj??' because he refuses to go meet fans after shows. I'm sure ANY of you reading this can agree that when you're in a position like we are, where we are given an AMAZING chance to play music around the world... you want someone in the band who ACTUALLY CARES ABOUT THE BAND AND THE FANS. Tj has not only been our guitar player.. but more importantly... has been our friend since the beginning of his time in the band... we let all of the things he does that complicate our band slide by without ever threatening to kick him out because he was our friend. So naturally you can see how shocked we were by him saying he cant deal with all of us and why it makes sense for the better of the band. There's no reason to be pissed off at him for making the choices in his life that he does... like we preach on stage... everyone is entitled to do whatever they want with their life and that's cool with us... but his life choices and our band just don't mix anymore. "Hopefully you guys will understand where we are coming from as it wasn't an easy decision and was not done out of revenge or anger or disrespect. We have NO plans to carry on any drama with Tj over this as we wish him the best and none of us have any bad blood with him personally. We've shared so many awesome experiences with him and nothing will ever change that. We simply just want what's best for MIW and hope you can all respect that as well knowing that we did this for all the right reasons. Thank you all for all of your amazing support and concern with everything as always." Responding to the group's statement, Bell says, "That story is a little off. I was lied to and was told everything was all good."
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