This band’s singer was convicted of trying to have his wife killed. Now he’s back with the group. The strange history of As I Lay Dying

A short history of San Diego’s As I Lay Dying goes like this:

  • Band forms in 2000 and releases six albums over twelve years.
  • Singer then tries to hire a hitman to kill his wife.
  • Upon his conviction, the band breaks up.
  • Singer is released from jail. Band reforms.

Hold on. Back up. Let’s fill in some blanks.

Frontman Tim Lambesis was arrested on May 7, 2013, after he tried to hire an undercover cop to kill his wife. The couple had been having child custody issues allegedly caused by Lambesis’ years of steroid abuse. His initial plea of “not guilty” was later changed to “guilty.” He was sent to jail facing up to six years in custody.

While he was on ice, As I Lay Dying changed their name to Wovenwar with a new singer.

A reformed and sorrowful Lambesis was released on probation in December 2016 and after a period of uncertainty, the 2013 lineup of As I Lay Dying began working on new music. On June 8, 2018, the group released a band new song called “My Own Grave.”

This is obviously a tricky situation. How does the band recover from all this controversy and pain? What about all the backlash from music fans and the media?

All we have is this Facebook statement. Stay tuned for more, I guess.

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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