If you’re following the Every Time I Die drama, singer Keith Buckley has issued a statement

Depending on how you want to spin it, (a) Every Time I Die has broken up, or (b) four of the five guys quit the band, leaving singer Keith Buckley on his own.

Hold on. Back up.

Back on December 3, Buckley announced that he wasn’t going to play three of the final dates on an American tour. He did, however, promise return for the group’s annual hometown show in Buffalo. That’s exactly what happened.

Meanwhile, though, the band said they’d play those three shows by getting members of the audience to fill in. From there, it got weird with an alleged plan to replace Buckley entirely, a plot that apparently included Keith’s brother, Jordan. All that was denied. (You can read more background here.)

Since the bust-up, the first salvo in this war was fired by the other members of the band with this statement, which basically blames everything on irreconcilable differences with Buckley. Some discussions were held to no avail. There was a cease-and-desist order that’s supposed to keep Keith from talking trash.

Now Keith has released a very long statement of the split from his point of view.

It’s messy. And it looks like it’s going to be this way for a while.

For the perspective of bass player Stephen Micchiche, go here. And what’s the future for the four members of the band not named Keith Buckley? Could be this.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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