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On this week’s Rock Report, we talk about My Chemical Romance kicking their drummer out of the band, focus on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ big week and dish out exclusive news from blessthefall. All of this plus tour announcements and a look at I Fight Dragons’ new single.

Drummer Michael Pedicone Kicked Out

Stealing is a serious offense. For some, it could lead to jail time. For a select few, it can get them kicked out of My Chemical Romance. Late last week, the platinum-selling New Jersey rock troupe gave drummer Michael Pedicone the boot over an alleged theft.

According to a blog post on the group’s site from guitarist Frank Iero, “He was caught red handed stealing from the band and confessed to the police after our show last night in Auburn, Washington. We are heartbroken and sick to our stomachs over this entire situation. The band has no intention of pressing charges or taking this matter any further than we have to. We just want him out of our lives.”

Nothing else has been revealed concerning this alleged theft, but Pedicone is certainly out of their lives. Filling in for him is Jarrod Alexander, who drummed for groups such as Death By Stereo, The Suicide File and A Static Lullaby.

Bottom Feeder

Last month, redbullusa.com premiered “Bottom Feeder," the first track from blessthefall’s upcoming third studio album “Awakening.” Evidently, it’s a heavy record and there is plenty more where that came from.

We recently sat down with vocalist Beau Boken, who talked about the band’s new direction and how “Awakening” differs from their last full-length “Witness.”

“We wanna step a little bit away from the screamo-ish type stuff and I think we did that with ‘Witness’,” Boken explains. “But [on “Awakening”], we stepped a little bit further into the metal territory, and with that, we can get heavier and I think that’s awesome. We wanted to go bigger and heavier than we did with the last record.”

While some heavy bands include a soft melodic ballad of sorts on their albums, that isn’t the case with “Awakening.” “The softest track, which is still not soft, is ‘40 Days …’ That’s gonna be our next single and that kinda shows the diversity of the band,” Boken says. “It doesn’t have any screaming or anything like that. And then, we go back to a song like ‘Undefeated,’ which has got super heavy breakdowns and it’s in-your-face. So I think we cover the whole spectrum really well. When we get heavy, it’s really gnarly. I think we have two songs anyone can consider not heavy.”

“Awakening” is due out October 4. “Promised Ones” has been announced as the leadoff single.

Fearless Friends Tour

Last week, blessthefall were named as the headlining act of the upcoming 2011 edition of the Fearless Friends Tour. Now, the rest of the lineup has been revealed. Motionless In White, The Word Alive, Tonight Alive and Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! have been named as supporting acts. Tour dates have been announced as well. It kicks off November 9 at The Orpheum in Flagstaff, Arizona, and wraps up December 16 at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona.

Yellowcard is gearing up for their autumn tour, and they are bringing pop-punkers Every Avenue and pop-rock collective Go Radio with them. The tour begins October 8 at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, California, goes around the entire country for the next month and concludes November 18 at the House Of Blues in Los Angeles, California. Yep, that’s not an error. Yellowcard must love the House Of Blues.

Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have had a big week. Their tenth studio album “I’m With You” debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and moved an astonishing 228,926 units in its opening week. As the best-selling rock effort of the week, it topped both the Alternative and Rock Albums Chart. Also, their single “The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie” remains at #1 on the Rock Songs Chart. Once again, big week for these re-emerging Chili Peppers!

I Fight Dragons

I Fight Dragons have released “The Geeks Will Inherit The Earth,” which serves as the leadoff single from their forthcoming debut album “KABOOM!” It’s a pop-rock track that incorporates their trademark Nintendocore flavor. Listen to the record below.

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