The drummer of the pop-punk band, The Offspring, has been ousted after he refused to get the COVID vaccine.
Pete Parada, the drummer of the Californian band, has opened up about being removed from his position as drummer due to being deemed as "unsafe to be around."
The forty-eight-year-old posted a lengthy statement on his Instagram account yesterday, explaining the details that led to this decision being made.
"I've got some unfortunate and difficult news to share," he started. "I know many of my close friends and family would've preferred to hear this privately first - and I apologize for the public nature of my disclosure, but I don't know how to have this conversation multiple times."
Parada then went on to talk about his medical history, saying that his doctor advised him not to get a shot right now due to health concerns. He also stated that he caught the Coronavirus over a year ago but it was "mild" for him so he believes that he would be able to survive it if he caught it again.
He continued: "Since I am unable to comply with what is increasingly becoming an industry mandate, it has recently been decided that I am unsafe to be around, in the studio, and on tour … you won't be seeing me at these upcoming shows. I also want to share my story so that anyone else experiencing the agony and isolation of getting left behind right now knows they're not entirely alone."
He added that he had "no negative feelings towards [his] band. They're doing what they believe is best for them, while I am doing the same."
He then told his fans that even though his reasons for not getting the vaccine were primarily "medical", he wants to carve out a space that's big enough for more than just him.
"There are countless folks (like me) for whom these shots carry a greater risk than the virus … I need to state, unequivocally, that I support informed consent – which necessitates choice unburdened by coercion. I do not find it ethical or wise to allow those with the most power (government, corporations, organizations, employers) to dictate medical procedures to those with the least power."
He ended the post by sending love to everyone who has been affected by the pandemic in some way or form.
Parada has been playing with the band since 2007. Back in April of this year, they released their most recent album, Let The Bad Times Roll, which peaked at No. 1 on the US Top Alternative Albums and No. 2 on the US Top Rock Albums chart. Parada joins a growing list of famous musicians not getting vaxxed, including the likes of Eric Clapton and Noel Gallagher., though, as stated previously, Parada's hesitations are due to his medical risks.
The Offspring have not yet commented on the situation.