|In case you didn't see him there, or think this band was worth listening to without him.|
Case in point, before Escape the Fate were truly horrendous with current vocalist Craig Mabbitt, they were genuinely awful with past vocalist, Ronnie Radke. That doesn't mean that one ETF era (if you want to call it an "era") is necessarily better than the other, I'm just saying that we're dealing with two different types of really bad here. Sort of like David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar. Oh man, did I say that out loud? Sorry. What I meant to say was sort of like David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar.
So in a VH1 Behind the Music story straight out of 1986, Ronnie Radke found himself in some serious legal trouble time and time again involving narcotics and battery charges. For those of you who aren't familiar with legal terminology, "battery" is when one man gets drunk and slaps another in a girly, limp-wristed fashion. It's also the only Metallica song I don't turn off right away. Sometimes. One little scuffle Radke instigated, led to somebody shooting another somebody in the face and killing them dead, and in June 2008 Escape the Fate decided to part ways with Radke and tell him that he wasn't in the band anymore. But only after they realized they couldn't go on tour with a guy who was sitting in fucking prison.
Well not to be outdone by the ghosts of butt rock past, Radke is once again, free as a bird to start new projects and sing all the shitty music he wants. Tell me Radke, why does the caged bird sing? I assume a pretty little boy like you didn't find a lot to enjoy about shower time in federal prison. I can only imagine that your peers ripped you open like a present on Christmas morning. I'm sure in a lot of ways, that's how they saw you. This theory of mine is only strengthened by the fact that you are the lankiest guy to come out of a multiple year prison sentence. Ever. Two years of hard time, with nothing to do except possibly get raped, and you still can't lift a fucking weight?
Assuming his former band is long since over him and satisfied with their current girl boy singer, Radke "started" a new, different band of effeminate men that play guitar okay, called Falling in Reverse. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt here and I'll just assume he "started it". What's much more likely, is that he only joined aforementioned band, which I'm sure was already well established in the scene without him, but needed the publicity badly enough to replace their former vocalist and good friend with him instead. He is, after all, vaguely internet famous, so they could be swallowing their pride as artists, and allowing Radke to parade their hard work around as if it was his new band. But no. I'll just assume he must have started it all on his own.
Looking at their newest and only music video for "The Drug in Me is You", I think it's actually kind of funny to see that Radke is able to maintain a sense of humor about his legal troubles:
Tee-hee! I need to be punished! I've been such a naughty boy for getting young people murdered! I can't say I know exactly what being in prison is like, but I guess the experience was so mild for Radke, that he's still able to look back on the whole thing and laugh about it. Hopefully someday he'll feel the same way about his music.