Vocalist Andy Biersack of Los Angeles theatrical rockers BLACK VEIL BRIDES spoke to Artisan News about the absence of the band's guitarist Jinxx (real name: Jeremy Miles Ferguson) during their appearance at the Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio in May.
"To be honest with you, and to be candid, Jinxx found that he had an illness that was affecting him for multiple years, and he had had some troubles on tour, but it was never anything that we knew was serious," Biersack said (see video below). "It's something that he can… If he keeps to medication and everything else, he'll be fine for the rest of his life. But it flared up a little bit right before the [Revolver] Golden Gods [awards show in Los Angeles on May 2], and he was not able to accept the ['Song Of The Year'] award with us, because he had a real rough time. And so, from that moment on, it was, like, we wanna make sure that he got healthy. So we said, 'Yeah, go to the doctor and find out what this is.' He found out. He had to miss one show with us. Literally a week later, he goes, 'Hey, I got what I need. I'm back.' We started rehearsing, and he's here [with us on the road right now]. And he's better than he's ever been, honestly. I mean, you're looking at someone that found out some scary news, found out the way to beat it, and he's beating it every day. And so, it's really something that I look up to."
Released on June 11 via Lava/Republic Records, BLACK VEIL BRIDES' "Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones (Ultimate Edition)" features three previously unreleased tracks as well as a DVD of the band's "Legion Of The Black" movie that was screeneed prior to last year's release. There is also an Ultimate Black Box Edition that features all of the contents of the Ultimate Edition including the CD with alternate artwork plus three new songs, "Legion Of The Black" DVD, an expanded booklet and a solid black BVB rosary that can be ordered here.
BLACK VEIL BRIDES screened "Legion Of The Black" at the Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles, California in December.
Directed by Patrick Fogarty, written by Andy Biersack, Patrick Fogarty and Richard Villa III, "Legion Of The Black" tells the visual story of "Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones". The film follows a group of rebels known as "The Wild Ones" as they defend their hearts, minds and bodies against F.E.A.R.
"Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones" sold 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released on January 8 via Lava/Universal Republic, the CD was produced by by John Feldmann (PAPA ROACH, THE USED, ATREYU) and is a full-fledged concept effort. The cover artwork for the album was created by the band's longtime friend, artist Richard Villa.