As fans well know, Escape the Fate ousted founding member/frontman Ronnie Radke following his 2008 prison sentence for parole violation, leaving Radke to start a new post-hardcore outfit—Falling In Reverse—shortly after his 2010 release. Since then, both sides have expressed harsh words over the acrimonious split.
But the hard feelings between former bandmates couldn't last forever, and the former and current frontmen of Escape the Fate made amends last year and kicked off the Bury the Hatchet Tour in early 2014. Fuse recently spoke to current ETF singer Craig Mabbitt about how reuniting with Radke has made him happier than he's been in years, but why the band's former lead guitarist is not welcome back into the fold.
Mabbitt says the Bury the Hatchet Tour idea was suggested by Radke. "I think he was sick of hearing about [our feud] so he got in touch with me and said, 'Hey man, water under the bridge. No more hate, no more animosity. How funny would it be if we toured together?' And I said, 'I've always thought that would be a great idea, I think the fans would love it.' And then it came," Mabbitt says.
"When I flew to his house to announce the tour, that was the first time I'd seen him in seven or eight years. We could've help but smile at each other. Like, why did we hate each other at some point in time?" Mabbitt explains. "I can't remember the last time I've been this happy on the road. We work out and hang out and laugh. It's comfortable. Before there was something… off."
Although Mabbitt and Radke are friends again, the Escape the Fate's singer doesn't think he could reunite with guitarist Monte Money after their split last year. "He's the kind of person who poisons himself and expects you to die from it," Mabbitt says. "I hate talking bad about him, because he's a talented, talented musician, but he's gotta figure himself out."
For more on Escape the Fate's tour with Falling In Reverse, watch the video above.