NewsMay 23, 2024 4:48 PM ET7,968 views

Ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Greg Puciato isn't bummed he is not a part of reunion

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Next month certain former members of The Dillinger Escape Plan, guitarists Ben Weinman and James Lowe, bassist Liam Wilson, and drummer Billy Bymer, will reunite with original vocalist Dimitri Minakakis to perform a handful of shows in NYC celebrating the 25th anniversary of the band's debut album Calculating Infinity

Greg Puciato, who spent about 16 years in the group having joined in 2001 taking over for Minakakis after parting ways with the band, will not be a part of the anniversary celebrations which will also see West Coast and International dates as well. Calculating Infinity was released in September of 1999, prior to Puciato joining. 

Also notable, other members of the band who were actually a part of the record, guitarist Brian Benoit and drummer Chris Pennie, are also not involved. 

While Puciato and Weinman have publicly gone back and forth for one reason or another in the past, in a recent interview with Metal Hammer Puciato gave his feelings on the upcoming reunion:

It doesn't bother me at all. When people ask me that, as if I'm gonna be bummed, I'm, like, why would I be bummed? I'm not on the record. To me, if the band was still a band, and some of those guys, obviously  Benoit, Pennie and Adam aren't , but if, if Dimitri and Ben were, like, 'Hey, we wanna do some 'Calculating Infinity' shows, what am I gonna do? Be, like, 'No!' That doesn't make any sense. I wasn't on the record."

So, I hope they're wildly successful with it, and I hope that it does a lot of good for them, I hope it makes them feel good personally, those two. 'Cause, obviously, Liam and Billy were not on that record, but the ending of them before I joined, I don't think it was, it wasn't fulfilling. It wasn't a fulfilling closure. It wasn't exactly on everybody's terms involved.

So I think them being able to go back and do this and celebrate what is non-arguably a fucking genre-changing milestone record that many bands would not exist if it wasn't for. They should play everywhere. They should come to London, they should go play festivals, they should do everything. Like I said, I'm all for it, man.

View the full interview below:

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