Original BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE Drummer Explains Why Band Fired Him

Bullet For My Valentine

During a recent appearance on MACHINE HEAD frontman’s No F*ckin’ Regrets With Robb Flynn Podcast, original BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE drummer Michael “Moose” Thomas, who was a member of the group from 1998 to 2016, spoke up on how he was dismissed from the group.

“We’d done the last album [in 2015], which was Venom, which was kind of more back-to-the-heavier-roots type of thing, which I was a lot happier with; I think everyone was,” Thomas said. “And it was on that album we left – Jay [bassist Jason James], and then I left a year later.

“So we finished Venom and then started touring Venom,” he continued. “It was on the European tour cycle of Venom that I left and didn’t return. I would have gone back [on tour], but no one answered my e-mails.

“My wife was pregnant with our first child together, so I went on to be with her. So that was December 2016, when I was supposed to come back, for the American tour in January, the following month. And they said, ‘Oh, no. You still mind the baby.’ And I said, ‘Okay. Cool.’

“And then I was gonna come back for the Japan tour. And I was, like, ‘Okay, guys.’ [And I heard] nothing back. Then I started thinking, ‘Okay. I know what’s going on here.’ And then the drummer started doing a drum solo, and I was, like, ‘What the f*ck?’

“I was, like, ‘This is f*cked up,” Thomas added. “These are my friends for the last f*cking 20, 25 years. So I e-mailed them, and no one came back to me. And they came home for a few days. And I meet up with them, and I’m, like, ‘What the f*ck is going on?’

“And they’re, like, ‘Okay. Cool. Come back then.’ Then I find out – the manager takes me out to dinner – that the boys are going to record a song. And I’m, like, ‘Cool. When am I needed?’

“They were, like, ‘No. The other guy is gonna do it. But they want you to be in the video.’ And I was, like, ‘No. I’m not doing that.’ That’s not the way I work. That’s when I knew they didn’t want me back. And then they called me up to London and said, ‘We want you to step down.'”