The Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman addresses reunion chatter
Earlier in the week Better Lovers frontman (and former The Dillinger Escape Plan frontman) Greg Puciato shed some light on if he would ever return to the stage with his former TDEP bandmates. In a recent Revolver interview, Puciato shared that the band has received multiple off from festivals.
I don't miss it at all. And I hate to say this, but if we were to get back together, it would be for money. And I don't fucking want to do that. Every year, all those festivals … they just throw astronomical amounts of money at us to get back together. And it's never even been something that we even entertain.
When Dillinger ended, I thought to myself, 'OK, I want at least five years,' and now it's been six, and I can't imagine it happening within the next five years, even.
However, fans shouldn't get excited just yet. Conflicting statements have come from TDEP guitarist Ben Weinman as he cleared the air with Metal Injection during a recent interview.
I want to be as respectful to the band, its members, and the fans as possible so I'll try to clear some things up without getting into too much of the 'he said she said'. To be clear, I have not talked directly to Greg since just after the final Dillinger shows in 2018. One of the reasons for that is because, without getting into too much detail as some of this info is not for me to disclose, I think it is safe to say the band's members – including myself – do not share the same values as Greg. While I cherish the work we did together and will always acknowledge how instrumental his contributions have been to the legacy of this band, there is a lot of misinformation out there based on the perception Greg has crafted through interviews and what he gets quoted on. At the very least, let's just say the rest of the band has nothing to do with the information Greg has put out there, and that none of it is accurate
I think it is very important to mention that Greg has no ownership of the Dillinger Escape Plan as an entity, no ownership in the overarching corporation, and has no ownership over the name and he never has. He has always been paid as an independent contractor and he has no interactions with our booking agent, lawyers, etc. I'm happy to show anyone who doubts this all the paperwork that says otherwise. That's that. This band has existed with different singers and musicians over the years and I am proud that my continued involvement from day one has helped keep some consistency in how we functioned and did things as a unit.
The truth is that any discussions of a reunion with Greg have been shut down before money was discussed. There have been no concrete money offers for a reunion with Greg – meaning that the conversations have never gotten to money as they've always been shut down immediately – that I or anyone on our team is aware of. I think there was some preliminary talks thrown around for us to do Furnace Fest, but our agent's response was that we are not entertaining reunion offers at this time. The end. I have been approached a few times indirectly by people who had talked to Greg while he was out on the road about doing a reunion, and what was conveyed to me was that he really wanted to do it and that it should be discussed with me.