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The Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman addresses reunion chatter

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Earlier in the week Better Lovers frontman (and former The Dillinger Escape Plan frontman) Greg Puciato shed some light on if he would ever return to the stage with his former TDEP bandmates. In a recent Revolver interview, Puciato shared that the band has received multiple off from festivals.

Puciato elaborated:

I don't miss it at all. And I hate to say this, but if we were to get back together, it would be for money. And I don't fucking want to do that. Every year, all those festivals … they just throw astronomical amounts of money at us to get back together. And it's never even been something that we even entertain.

When Dillinger ended, I thought to myself, 'OK, I want at least five years,' and now it's been six, and I can't imagine it happening within the next five years, even.

However, fans shouldn't get excited just yet. Conflicting statements have come from TDEP guitarist Ben Weinman as he cleared the air with Metal Injection during a recent interview.

Weiman shared:

I want to be as respectful to the band, its members, and the fans as possible so I'll try to clear some things up without getting into too much of the 'he said she said'. To be clear, I have not talked directly to Greg since just after the final Dillinger shows in 2018. One of the reasons for that is because, without getting into too much detail as some of this info is not for me to disclose, I think it is safe to say the band's members – including myself – do not share the same values as Greg. While I cherish the work we did together and will always acknowledge how instrumental his contributions have been to the legacy of this band, there is a lot of misinformation out there based on the perception Greg has crafted through interviews and what he gets quoted on. At the very least, let's just say the rest of the band has nothing to do with the information Greg has put out there, and that none of it is accurate

I think it is very important to mention that Greg has no ownership of the Dillinger Escape Plan as an entity, no ownership in the overarching corporation, and has no ownership over the name and he never has. He has always been paid as an independent contractor and he has no interactions with our booking agent, lawyers, etc. I'm happy to show anyone who doubts this all the paperwork that says otherwise. That's that. This band has existed with different singers and musicians over the years and I am proud that my continued involvement from day one has helped keep some consistency in how we functioned and did things as a unit.

The truth is that any discussions of a reunion with Greg have been shut down before money was discussed. There have been no concrete money offers for a reunion with Greg – meaning that the conversations have never gotten to money as they've always been shut down immediately – that I or anyone on our team is aware of. I think there was some preliminary talks thrown around for us to do Furnace Fest, but our agent's response was that we are not entertaining reunion offers at this time. The end. I have been approached a few times indirectly by people who had talked to Greg while he was out on the road about doing a reunion, and what was conveyed to me was that he really wanted to do it and that it should be discussed with me.

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anonymous 151 days ago

Guy Piccioto here, leave my name out your goddamn mouth

anonymous 151 days ago

Last time I saw Dillinger was The Metro in Chicago in probably 2014. It was packed but not sold out. Harms Way sold it out though. So did Drain earlier this year. Just sayin

anonymous 151 days ago

I hate when shit like this comes out - and it sounds like it is Greg's fault. But hearing about internal issues and bands being operated as a corporation is just depressing. I get it - it's how it works - but it takes away from the music. Just let us envision you all as lifelong bros with a passion for creating music - music helps us escape our own lives in dealing with shitty businesses and corporations.

anonymous 151 days ago

Poor man's daoboys

anonymous 151 days ago

Anyone know where I can find a band with a lunatic fringe lead singer who wears leather shorts and can't keep his stories straight? I'd love for that torture to be burnt into my lyrical memories.

anonymous 151 days ago

lol so basically the whole band hates Greg and he was never even brought on as a full member behind the scenes and if they continue it will be without him.

anonymous 151 days ago

This bodes well for Better Lovers. Sounds like they replaced Keith with another Keith.

anonymous 151 days ago

I think if they ever play again it will be with original vocalist dimitri.

anonymous 151 days ago

mathcore sucks

anonymous 151 days ago

So why have an agent if you're not entertaining reunion show offers? No agent, no way to send offers. Why not say it's either never happening or it's happening only if we, the band, announce it directly on our official website? That elimates all speculation & rumors. Pretentious as sholes. They were sh it in 1998 & they're sh it now. Deadguy/Rorschach ripoff.

anonymous 151 days ago

Reunion DEPends on the size of the DEPosit

anonymous 151 days ago

So basically Ben is saying without directly saying it that they are gonna do a reunion with the original singer lol

666pack 151 days ago

Oh man a reunion with Dmitri where they play Under the Running Board and Calculating Infinity songs would be amazing. Prosciutto should take a hike

anonymous 151 days ago

"they just throw astronomical amounts of money at us to get back together" Yeah right hahahaha How much is that? 100k? That's gonna be split 5 ways.

Bortslob 151 days ago

Turnstile often turns down millions

anonymous 151 days ago

^^^ Dude STFU washed up Sevendust out draws them

anonymous 151 days ago

TDEP wouldn't be shit without Greg. Period.

anonymous 151 days ago

^They were shit before him and shittier after him.

anonymous 151 days ago

Code Orange MGR here, Mr Wineman, Jaymi Morgan and I would easily pay 2,000 a show as a buy on spot for an opener for a spot on the Dingler Escpae Paln reunion shows.

anonymous 151 days ago

No way they would have gotten to the level they did without Greg. Everyone knows it's Ben's band, but still without their drummers and Greg it wouldn't have been the same

anonymous 151 days ago

the band has received multiple off from festivals the band has received multiple off from festivals. the band has received multiple off from festivals. the band has received multiple off from festivals.

anonymous 151 days ago

Jfc, I can't even read your articles because ads pop up right in the middle of them.

VottScogel 151 days ago

no care ever

VottScogel 151 days ago

HoF and Mastodon-level overrated

anonymous 151 days ago

"Reunion DEPends on the size of the DEPosit" lmao

anonymous 151 days ago

TDEP wouldn't be shit without Greg. Period. Hm. Their first album WITHOUT Greg is easily one of their most notable and celebrated albums. So I'm pretty sure they could pull it off without him.

anonymous 151 days ago

^ Wrong - most DEP fans came on board after Greg joined the band. Most would expect to see Greg, not Dmitri. And considering Ben's opinion on Greg, and their lack of a relationship, DEP is dead. Maybe a one-off show or two with Dmitri, but a full return wouldn't be successful.

anonymous 151 days ago

These chumps only broke up a few hours ago.

anonymous 151 days ago

Greg is an incredible talent, but there is no doubting Ben's vision and leadership of the band.

anonymous 151 days ago

This losers just CRAVES the spotlight. What do you have to gain by disclosing the inner working business info? What a f*cking clown. Dude you're almost 50. Your band is done. Wouldn't have anywhere near the success you had without Greg. Take a nap old man.

anonymous 151 days ago

He sounds. Like a wiener

YOURDAD69 151 days ago

Jerry Cantrell is horny, where's Greg?

anonymous 151 days ago

didn't dillinger blow up with calculating?

anonymous 151 days ago

gregs thick soled boots that give him two inches of height here. just a reminder.. the band has received multiple off from festivals the band has received multiple off from festivals. the band has received multiple off from festivals. the band has received multiple off from festivals.

Bortslob 151 days ago

They should jump on the next last bane tour

anonymous 151 days ago

No one is going to be offering them large money for a return with Dimitri on vocals lol

anonymous 151 days ago

I guess this will become a Brian Cook/Botch situation where the person does not miss the old band but eventually will reunite against his wishes and they won't stop moan about it. F**k Brian Cook

anonymous 151 days ago

Dino here, always admired Greg for bagging Jenna Haze.

anonymous 151 days ago

I don't know why most of you are mentioning Dimitri here. Do you really think Mr Weinman would do this? Ben can be a lot of things, but he isn't stupid enough to do such thing. I'm pretty sure he is aware that DEP became a thing because of Greg. No one gave a shit about this band with Dimitri. Even Mike Patton tried to help them. DEP is with Greg and Ben Weinman knows this. People are being completely delusion if they think a reunion with Dimitri would happen anytime soon.

NorthFromHere 151 days ago

anonymous 3 hours ago lol so basically the whole band hates Greg and he was never even brought on as a full member behind the scenes and if they continue it will be without him. Nah. Ben can't stand Greg and likely resents his relative success post DEP. Liam and Greg are close friends and Greg has worked with one of DEP's drummers, Gil Sharone, in the Cantrell band. I like Dimitri but no one is going to see a reunion without Greg, and that infuriates Ben.

anonymous 151 days ago

I've spent the past 5 days on vacation in Kansas City. After so many years in the business I got connections, mainly famous people. Got a call after Sundays game to hang out with my friend Travis Kelce. There seems to be obsfucation as to their relation ship status. Let my be clear: He's banging Taylor Swift. 💯 They've been f*cking each other a lot, 7-8 times every day which is a record, only Dan Bilzerian has previously done this. I got a call this morning "She's hurting bad man, but she likes it," Travis laughed. I asked what is she like and the call suddenly turned more serious: "T-Dawg, a gentleman never tells," before laughing, "But I ain't no gentleman. Haha." Oh Shit. "You know that tight pussy energy she gives off onstage? Well it translates to the bedroom T-Dawg. I asked her what the deal was, and she said that every guy, Jonas, Styles, Gyllenhall, Mayer, all had viennas."

anonymous 151 days ago

I couldn't help but ask how big Travis was and he laughed, "You got a yardstick?" No but seriously it's just over 12, 13.5 to be exact." "How thick Travis?" "Baby's arm T-Dawg, baby's arm." Ain't no wonder Taylor's pussy is sore and Todd Jones here. They will never be one of us. 😎

anonymous 151 days ago

"shared that the band has received multiple off from festivals" Do the writers and editors proofread anything published on this site?

anonymous 151 days ago

^Good info finally,, why is everyone having a serious discussion in the comments, what rubes

anonymous 151 days ago

This band had one good song (one of us is the killer) and one good album (their last). Everything else was jerk off material for the Decibel beard and brew crew. Mathcore is retarded. It's like a celebration of not being able to piece together riffs.

anonymous 151 days ago

You like Year Of The Knife? Their early work was a little too new wave for my taste. But when Internal Incarceration came out in '00, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. They've been compared to Scowl, but I think YOTK has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor. In '23, Huey released this; Dust to Dust, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Ctrl+C". A song so heavy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity and the importance of trends. It's also a personal statement about the band itself.

anonymous 151 days ago

^zzzzzz. myob

anonymous 151 days ago

who was the guy who kept getting knocked down in all the pits at furnice fest with the madi face full body tattoo?

anonymous 151 days ago

Haha I saw that too, It was the kid that just used to do the site pmsl.

anonymous 151 days ago

btw who was the guy with a callous daoboys tramp stamp shit was 💯

anonymous 151 days ago

The kid who does the site now, guess he fashios himself a ceo, legit has a callous daoboys group shot on his lower back with cursive inscription below: 'beautiful dude missile goes here' and arrow pointing down you loveto see it.

anonymous 151 days ago

Happy as shit that Ben is part of the no Dimitri no care movement

anonymous 151 days ago

^It affects your life that much huh

anonymous 151 days ago

why do people like Dmitri, dude seriously tunelessly barks. it's worse than Knocked Loose. At least Greg can sing

anonymous 151 days ago

It was never about singing you homo

anonymous 151 days ago

Where's Chris Pennie? He was an incredible drummer.

anonymous 151 days ago

Band played one of their worst sets ever at Cobra Lounge during their last Chicago show. Nearly all new garbage.

anonymous 151 days ago

Chris Pennie??? seriously? Dillinger drummers ranked 1) Rymer 2) Sharone 3) Mike Patton's bongo programming 4) Chris Pennie

anonymous 151 days ago

Love it

anonymous 151 days ago

Rat Boy is playing the reunion shows allegedly

anonymous 151 days ago

ok get dimitri then for 25th anniversary of CI next year FF

anonymous 151 days ago

Greg is a coke head turd and he would still be working at golds gym banging his spotters without Ben Weinman and 43% Burnt. Oh, and he is completely out of key on every live video I see of him with any band.

anonymous 151 days ago

Ben Weinman has written every DEP album and everyone destroys most bands past or present. Even with 3 different singers. Not one of Greg's solo songs could even be a DEP B side . Complete garbage.

anonymous 151 days ago

Ben Weinman has written every DEP album and everyone destroys most bands past or present. Even with 3 different singers. Not one of Greg's solo songs could even be a DEP B side . Complete garbage.

anonymous 151 days ago

this friction is what pushed DEP further.

anonymous 151 days ago

Anyone who really knows Greg knows the truth. He is garbage. Fake as shit. Total attention hog. It's Ben's band and Calculating Infinity changed the game. Nothing Greg will ever do could touch what Ben and the band produced with or without him. Fact.

anonymous 151 days ago

"Anyone who really knows Greg knows the truth. He is garbage. Fake as shit. Total attention hog." ^ 100% true. hes also a manipulator and a liar

anonymous 151 days ago

SUN DRIPPED DEVIL, SCRATCHED OUT MY EYES.

anonymous 151 days ago

Saw The Dillinger Escape Plan play a $3 show at Fireside Bowl in Chicago with Nora in June of 2002. Chris Pennie was still in the band and they had some kid working their lights on the stage. They played both instrumental songs off Calculating Infinity and had the fire breathing schtick.

anonymous 151 days ago

midget with a coke habit

anonymous 150 days ago

They're all amazing drummers but: Pennie > Rymer > Sharone

NorthFromHere 150 days ago

Ben found the comment section I see.

anonymous 150 days ago

Band peaked with Calculating Infinity.

anonymous 150 days ago

Todd Jones here. They/them will never be one of us.

anonymous 150 days ago

If you want to know about Greg's 'values,' go ask Code Orange what they think of him. No seriously. Ask them. You'll hear some shocking shit.

anonymous 150 days ago

Nobody credible gives a shit about what Code Orange has to say.

anonymous 150 days ago

Saw The Dillinger Escape Plan play a $3 show at Fireside Bowl in Chicago with Nora in June of 2002. >>> My condolences.

anonymous 150 days ago

Did Ben just seek out Metal Injection for this interview? What is the point of this other than to hear himself talk what a total loser.

anonymous 150 days ago

Way to ruin all your hard work by fighting over ownership. Fans don't care about your ego; just shut up.

anonymous 150 days ago

This is the dumbest story ever. So Ben has to set the record straight? Basically Greg said, "money won't reunite this band, it's done" Ben has to step in and say "well, greg is wrong, but yeah, money won't reunite this band, it's done" So Greg was right, Ben just needed to be controlling narcissist Ben.

anonymous 150 days ago

ones so insecure he talks in the press about how his defunct band is getting large financial offers so openly. thats just tacky and screams insecurity and the other talks about how those offers arent real and said singer was never really apart of the business end of the band openly. that screams controlling dickhead

anonymous 150 days ago

Lol this is hilarious. Must be some serious beef between them for Ben to come out with a long post basically saying "GP is full of shit and was never really one of us." Makes sense because Ben is vegan straight edge and Greg likes to get f*cked up and f*ck porn stars.

anonymous 150 days ago

Should have broken up after Calculating Infinity or changed their name.

anonymous 150 days ago

the cocaine escape plan

anonymous 150 days ago

Todd Jones here. They/them will never be one of us. ^^^ Fake TD alert. f*ck you man!

anonymous 150 days ago

Anyone who's cared about this band past Calculating Infinity is a f*cking loser

anonymous 150 days ago

How do you even pronounce Puciato? What a dumb shitty name

anonymous 150 days ago

Original surname was puciatov. He changed it as alot of americans do.

anonymous 150 days ago

Lol @ the 48 year olds bringing up shit bands like Deadguy and Rorschach. Shit is unlistenable crap. Listen to real hardcore like Motionless in white.

anonymous 150 days ago

code orange hate greg so much

anonymous 150 days ago

I still haev respect for those guys cuz they're capable of releasing an album such as Calculating Infinity, BUT…Irony is a Dead Scene made me want to vomit. There new stuff will probably be lame too. We'll see.

anonymous 150 days ago

greg puciatov here … anybody have coke ??

anonymous 150 days ago

When Greg gets cancelled for being an abuser of women that shitty better lovers band will finally break up

anonymous 149 days ago

All these cucks trying to suck the shit out of Rymer and Sharone's ass when none of them motherf*ckers were playing material like Chris Pennie UNTIL Pennie left the band to join Coheed and Cambria. Rymer even said he was getting death threats from people telling him he better not f*ck up the band.

anonymous 149 days ago

Self Titled Under The Running Board Cursed, Unshaven, And Misbehavin' Calculating Infinity Or f*ck off.

anonymous 149 days ago

SWITCH OFF…GOOOOD…BYE.

anonymous 149 days ago

" When Greg gets cancelled for being an abuser of women that shitty better lovers band will finally break up" WHUT

anonymous 149 days ago

"When Greg gets cancelled for being an abuser of women that shitty better lovers band will finally break up" Prove it.

anonymous 149 days ago

these losers act like people who did not get enough attention when they were kids

anonymous 148 days ago

anonymous 2 days ago If you want to know about Greg's 'values,' go ask Code Orange what they think of him. No seriously. Ask them. You'll hear some shocking shit. Air out that dirty laundry! I imagine they hate him! He probably isolates Reba away from the group and creates turmoil

anonymous 148 days ago

Not at all suprised to see Greg's name mentioned within the same sentence\phrasing as Code Orange. Greg finger blasted the snot out of the female Code Orange members molten honey bucket. Then shared a well deserved clove afterward, lit by the pungent smell of sweaty piss flipper juice upon thine finger.

anonymous 148 days ago

anonymous 2 days ago This band had one good song (one of us is the killer) and one good album (their last). Everything else was jerk off material for the Decibel beard and brew crew. Mathcore is retarded. It's like a celebration of not being able to piece together riffs. ^^^Found the i.p.a. craft beer drinker of Lambgoat.^^^Adulthood welcomes you, stud. Share a well deserved clove after the discussion? Have your boyfriend, hold your drink.

anonymous 148 days ago

The minute this guy said "misinformation" and "doesn't share the same values as the band" I laughed. I hope Greg gets publishing LOLOL

anonymous 148 days ago

30 under 13 is about pedophilia. Could these be the "values" Weinman is talking about? Maybe thats why Puciato moved to the city of angels

anonymous 74 days ago

"30 under 13 is about pedophilia." Nah, Ben doesn't technically count as a child. He just acts and looks like one.




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