Earlier this year, As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis shocked the rock community when he was arrested for conspiring to have his wife murdered by a hitman. It was a charge Lambesis denied, going on to claim that steroid abuse was at the root of the situation.
Lambesis’ lawyer, Thomas Warwick, claimed that the self-proclaimed Christian singer’s “thought processes were devastatingly affected by his steroid use,” adding that Lambesis “was irritable and lost God” due to the substance abuse.
For Pierce the Veil members Vic Fuentes and Jamie Preciado, the surprising news hit very close to home, as their band has quite a bit in common with the As I Lay Dying camp.
“We hung out with them about a month before that happened,” Fuentes told KROQ (a Radio.com station) during a recent interview. “I didn’t get any killer vibes.”
“Some of our crew members used to work for that band, and we’ve known that band forever,” added bassist Preciado. “We’ve looked up to that band. They’re from San Diego as well. They hung out [with us] like two months before all that stuff came up.”
“I think everybody was just really shocked,” interjected Fuentes. “Like [Preciado] said, a lot of our crew used to be As I Lay Dying crew, so they spent years with them. They were just blown away by it. I didn’t know him personally, so I couldn’t really say one way or another.”
Lambesis is currently free on $160,000 bail as he awaits an upcoming September 16 trial date to formally face the murder-for-hire charges. Earlier this month, an exception to his house arrest status was made so he could seek physical therapy for a neck injury.
“From our interactions, that was like the last thing…it was crazy, for sure, when we found out,” mused Preciado about the charges against Lambesis. “We were just like, ‘uhhh…'”
“I mean, I could see Jaime doing something like that,” Fuentes joked, lightening the mood. “He wouldn’t get caught, though. He’d go down to Tijuana in Mexico. He knows a guy.”
“I literally have two people in my phone right now that will do the job,” Preciado laughed, giving his singer a comically evil glare. “You’re out of here.”
Pierce the Veil are gearing up to bring the noise to the Epicenter 2013 music festival, set for September 21 in Irvine, CA. The band will play alongside acts like Falling in Reverse, the Offspring and Pennywise at the all-day rock fest.
It was also recently announced that Pierce the Veil will team up with two other Epicenter 2013 acts — A Day to Remember and All Time Low — for the House Party tour this fall. The tour kicks off on September 11 in Denver, CO, and runs through October 24, wrapping up in Orlando, FL.