In a shocking update, Asking Alexandria has announced that singer Denis Stoff is no longer in the band. As if the departure of the vocalist wasn't enough of a surprise, the British band has also revealed that former frontman Danny Worsnop has rejoined the lineup. On Friday (Oct. 21), founding member/guitarist Ben Bruce made the revelation in an eight-and-a-half minute clip following days of speculations.
About a minute into the Facebook live video, Bruce confirms that the band and Stoff had departed ways; barely two years after the Make Me Famous singer joined the group. Bruce explains that the band did not kick Stoff out, but rather, the former singer just stopped speaking to them all together. "Basically, to a cut a long story short, we didn't kick Denis out of the band. He just stopped talking to us," Bruce explains in the clip. "Everything seemed fine and then he just stopped responding. I texted him a bunch; loads of emails back and forth. No response whatsoever."
As the video continues, viewers get the chance to hear Bruce's (and the band's) side of the story. After explaining what happened with Stoff, Bruce admits that even though it was a horrible end to this era, he did not regret asking the singer to join. "Do I regret the last year and a half I spent touring the world with Denis? Absolutely not. Do I regret releasing and writing The Black? Absolutely not. Do I go back on anything I said? Absolutely not. The Black was a very honest and open record and that is [how] I felt at the time. How we all felt at the time. We’ve moved on. We’ve moved upwards. I’m not gonna sit here and talk s*** on Denis. He came into this band and he was amazing for us at the time. We had a blast with him. We had the best time ever."
While Stoff's abrupt departure might have left a bad taste in the mouth of many fans, one good thing did come from it, Worsnop and the rest of the Asking Alexandria buried their two-year hatchet. Last month, Worsnop had posted on social media that he was on his way to visit Bruce and From First to Last’s Matt Good in the recording studio to "play a little music." Soon after the post was made, images of Worsnop in a recording booth with Good and Bruce was uploaded onto social media.
"Obviously over the last sort of few months we've rekindled our relationship with Danny and what happened in the past sucked and it hurt us. Obviously I said things and Danny has said things — that happens," says Bruce in the video. "It was in the past and it was s***. But at the end of the day, we've been best friends for a decade and that's why this is the move that's right for us. Right for us as a band, right for us as people and friends, and right for us as Asking Alexandria. This is full circle. This is right back where we started and why we started the band."
Worsnop left the band in early 2015 when he decided to pursue other musical interests in the form of his new band, We Are Harlot. Shortly after Worsnop's departure, the remaining members enlisted Stoff to take over vocals for not only their live shows, but to also assist with the making/record of 2016's The Black.
Bruce's full, eight-minute Facebook live stream can be viewed here while the complete transcript of the video, courtesy of The PRP, can be read here. Now armed with Worsnop on vocals, Asking Alexandria is set to hit the road for Sumerian Records' "10 Years in the Black" tour. The British band will travel across the country with Born of Osiris, I See Stars, After the Burial, Upon A Burning Body, and Bad Omens. The trek will kick off on Oct. 25 at the Showbox Sodo in Seattle and wrap up on Dec. 6 at Livewire in Scottsdale, Ariz. The complete list of tour dates can be seen below.
SUMERIAN RECORDS' 10 YEARS IN THE BLACK TOUR
Oct. 25 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
Oct. 27 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Oct. 28 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Oct. 29 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Oct. 31 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
Nov. 01 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Nov. 04 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
Nov. 06 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Nov. 07 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
Nov. 09 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Nov. 10 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory
Nov. 12 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Nov. 13 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre
Nov. 14 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Nov. 15 - Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Nov. 16 - Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
Nov. 18 - Norfolk, VA @ NorVa Theatre
Nov. 19 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
Nov. 20 - Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
Nov. 21 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
Nov. 23 - Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
Nov. 25 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Nov. 26 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
Nov. 27 - Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
Nov. 28 - Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Pavilion
Nov. 29 - Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
Dec. 01 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
Dec. 02 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA
Dec. 03 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Dec. 04 - San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
Dec. 06 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Livewire