Former Asking Alexandria frontman officially returns to band

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In a shocking update, Asking Alexandria has announced that former frontman Danny Worsnop has returned to the band, replacing Denis Stoff. On Friday (Oct. 21), founding member/guitarist Ben Bruce made the revelation in an eight-and-a-half minute clip. 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, we hear Bruce’s side of the story as well as if he regretted adding Stoff to the lineup for the year and a half that he was with them. “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 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 shit 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.”

But one good thing came out of Stoff’s not-so-sublte departure; original singer Worsnop and the rest of the guys of Asking Alexandria have buried the hatchet. Last month, Worsnop had teased posted on social media that he was on his way to visit Bruce and From First To Last’s Matt Good to “maybe play a little music.”

“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 shit. 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 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 also for their recently released record, The Black.

Bruce’s Facebook live stream can currently be viewed here, while the complete transcript of the video, courtesy of The PRP, can be found here. Asking Alexandria is set to hit the road for Sumerian Records’ “10 Years of 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 OF THE BLACK TOUR

10/25 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
10/27 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
10/28 – Boise, ID  @ Knitting Factory
10/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10/31 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
11/01 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
11/04 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
11/06 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/07 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
11/09 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
11/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory
11/12 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
11/13 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
11/14 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
11/15 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
11/16 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
11/18 – Norfolk, VA @ NorVa Theatre
11/19 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
11/20 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
11/21 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
11/23 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
11/25 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
11/26 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
11/27 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
11/28 – Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Pavilion
11/29 – Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
12/01 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
12/02 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
12/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
12/04 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
12/06 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Livewire

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