Developing Story: Go Radio Announce Breakup
Okay here’s the latest! Alex Reed and Steven Kopacz who spoke to Alt Press about the break up.
Here’s their response to Jason’s apperance on the Guns Show.
Jason recently did an interview with the Gunz Show and said that there were things in the statement released by the band that were not true. But he also said that there was no bad blood in the band? Do you have any insight as to what he thinks you are saying that’s not true?
REED: That’s a tough one. I did hear that he had an interview with the Gunz Show, but I didn’t have a chance to hear it. That is interesting. I think we were very delicate with the statement to not create any bad blood. Only a very small snippet of the statement has anything to do with what Jason did or didn’t do. We were never trying to be malicious or anything. We always just said that we wanted to be open and honest with people, without divulging too much personal information. It’s not about what he said or she said. This is honestly where the core of it came from when he came and told us. He had recently gotten married and things weren’t going the way he had seen them going for Go Radio in this record cycle. The gist of it that he told us was that he had gotten married and he wanted to spend that time. You know, I don’t know the inner workings of their marriage too much. He lives in Orlando; she lives with him, but when he came to us, he said that it was his decision. He said he was tired; he wanted to be able to have a house and a more consistent money flow. It seemed like he had a certain longing for the next step in adulthood and that maybe he was being held back from that by touring all the time. That was the core of why he wanted to leave the band. He was longing for the next chapter in his life. I used that very word, “chapter,” [in the statement] because that’s what it is. It’s the end of a chapter, but we’re all going on to do different stuff. It’s hard to interpret because maybe he meant something different—to the three of us. Maybe he meant to convey something differently, but all three of us were under that understanding.
KOPACZ: I’m definitely on the same page with everything that Alex said. We had the initial conversation in the hotel room, on the Summer Set tour. Jason was like, “Hey, can I talk to you guys?” At that point, we could have been very angry with him because it was unfair to us; there were still three other people involved. [But] we weren’t angry at him in any sense. We were never angry—maybe disappointed because the band was coming to an end. But we understood his decision. That’s why when we wrote up the statement, we tried to keep it as vague as possible but with also telling a side of the story instead just being like, “Go Radio broke up.” We wanted to make sure that the story was out there without pointing any fingers. Like Jason said, there’s no bad blood. There never was any bad blood, but we wanted people to know a little bit of the reasoning without making it seem like there was any bad blood. Like Alex said, I haven’t heard the Gunz Show interview either, so it’s kind of strange that he would say something like that. The little blurb about Jason in the statement we made is so small, but it is true. It’s exactly what happened. So, I’m kind of caught of guard with his “it’s not true” statement because that makes no sense to me.
Jason has now taken to his Tumblr page to take a final statement.
Just to make things clear
Here I sit debating the pros and cons of writing anything to add onto the last few days. With the amount of people both friends and fans that have had such a massive impact on the last 7 years of my life adding in their input, it’s truly a daunting task to begin to write this down into words.
I guess I’ll start with the obvious. Go Radio is done. It was a great time in my life and while not every moment was perfect, it brought me to where I am today. Happy.
I’ve finally reached a point of happiness that I could’t possibly have hoped for in all my wildest expectations. I’ve reached a point where I’ve found a woman I love, who loves me in spite of all my faults (and trust me, there are many). I’ve got a family that is supportive, a future I can’t wait to achieve, and a relationship with God.
The last 6 months have been hard ones for me. I’m not looking for sympathy or any sort of remorse, but they have. I’ve been faced with decisions I hoped Go Radio would bring me through. Decisions about what was best for me and my life, the direction life was asking me to go, and how to best use the gifts I’ve been given.
I can only say that I am truly sorry to the people that have been let down by me. That I have been searching for what God has for me, and I’ve found it. If you love now, or have ever loved the person that is/was/will be Jason Lancaster, than try to at least appreciate the decision I’ve made to leave Go Radio and pursue a life outside of it.
Go Radio gave me an outlet to vent. It gave me a way to expose the things I meant, and a way to exercise my personal demons while allowing me to still smile for all of you. I love you all and would never take back a moment that I’ve spent with any of you, but when it is time to move on we must. I’ve decided that it is , in fact, time for me to move on and I ask that you treat my decision with respect and courtesy.
I’ll jump to the chase and tell you that I am deeply offended but the idea going around that my love Dee had anything to do with my departure from the band. She, in fact, was the only one to ask me to stay. We had so many talks where I would tell her how I was feeling, we would pray together, and I would leave again to let her fend for herself and smile while she did it. She was nothing but absolutely supportive of my career and never ONCE asked me to leave.
There are people out there who are spreading vicious rumors about my life with her, and calling us both names. To those people, I ask you to stop before it gets out of hand. You will not face only me, but God with the words you say and spread. Rumors are harsh and counter productive and will only lead to pain and hurt for the both of us. Even if you don’t believe, you should respect the decision I’ve made and keep your worst words to yourselves.
Things with Go Radio were not good for me. You may call me selfish or whatnot and that is your right, but you must respect my right to see what is best for my life, and make my own decisions as to where that leads me. I’m not stranding anyone. I’m making music and I’m loving life. If you now, or have ever, loved or appreciated me in any way I ask you to respect that.
While I didn’t read (or was sent prior to any of you reading) the breakup notice, it was your right to know what was going on. My biggest qualm with all of that was that I was blamed for the breakup. There were so many contributing factors to this that I can’t begin to name them, but what I can say, is they all spanned over the last 4 years.
While I do wish the guys the best, I can only speak for myself and say that there was no doubt in my mind when it was time to move on. Things seemed top escalate too rapidly, and approach a point of no return to quickly when problems arose, and if any sort of relationship between them and I could ever be salvaged, the catalyst needed to be removed. The band must break up to sustain.
Now, I don’t know philosophy nor do I consider myself a brilliant mind. I do however think myself to be at least decent with personal relationships. While I have no ill will, I do recognize my que to leave a room. In this situation the proverbial room was filled with people who did not recognize ptr appreciate the decisions I’d made in my life. Good or bad, better or worse, I felt alone.
My recourse was to ask my friends to be my sounding board, and my family to be an understanding outlet to the way I was feeling. I felt alone. Used. Dropped because I didn’t do things the way others thought I should. Even though I tried my hardest to include everyone in the direction my life was moving, I felt like it wasn’t really absorbed but the group I called family.
I noticed that while I would speak my mind, my words were very rarely heard and would most often be tossed to the back of the minds of those whom I held most dear. These thoughts were spoken in private to parties unwilling to hear what I had to say, Day after day I would ask for, and then demand respect for myself and the life choices I’d made.
Until finally enough was enough for me. I’d had my fill. Between the inability to support even myself, and the unwillingness of those around me to hear what I had to say, I was left with little chic but to part with the life that I’d built for myself with Go Radio.
I AGAIN will say, Dee was nothing but supportive of my career and life with the band. Even going as far as to include them in the most special day of our lives. She spent time talking to each member, and trying to explain our lives to them. She was met with hostility and anger. Telling her that “She would never be apart of our group, because we just aren’t ready for a new person,” and ” I hate you. I want to hate you even though there’s no reason.” Through all this she absorbed the blow and was respectful to the opinions and lives of those I held close.
I spent many nights praying, and many more justifying the actions of those I love to those who love me more. At the end of the day it was time to leave. Time to step out onto the platform of something new. Time to close my eyes and hold my nose and jump into the pool of something unpredictable.
I can say very few things about my life in certainty, but this I can say for sure. I gave every chance I could to the “Big Picture”. I took every risk, and lived off of the bare minimum for as long as I could take it. For those who bought the record, came to shows, stood in line to get a photograph. You couldn’t be loved more by this simple man, You did all you could to secure the spot of Go Radio in your own Hall of Fame. For that I could never be more grateful.
For those of you who came with ill words and hurt in response to a choice I made out of necessity, I can only assume the dark rooms you wrote your foul language from are prison enough to hold you. I’ll be praying for you and I honestly hope you find peace in whatever words you muster.
I’ll end with a simple fact. Dee Lancaster had nothing to do with my departure, and I invite anyone who thinks they have proof otherwise to a private conversation with me. While I’ve given tremendous thought to my departure, she was the ONLY one to ask me to stay. If you have anything negative to say, please message me privately so that the people supporting this change in my life don’t have to bear witness to the atrocity.
Jason Alan Lancaster
Go Radio’s frontman, Jason Lancaster spoke to The Gunz Show about the end of Go Radio. Take a listen below.
“It is with heavy hearts that after 7 years of making music and touring the world, Go Radio has come to an end. For some of you this comes as a huge shock and for our friends and family this will be a certain sense of closure. There is no easy way to write something like this so we won’t beat around the bush.
Earlier this year Jason came to us with the news that he felt his time with Go Radio had come to an end. He felt a shift in priority to spend more time with his wife and retire from a life on the road. The decision to end this chapter was far from easy, but it simply would not be Go Radio without all four of us. Because of that, this decision is the right one.
The experiences, relationships, and memories we have shared are irreplaceable. You, the fans, have had our backs from day one and we could not be more grateful for what you enabled us to accomplish. You’ve given us a chance to travel the world and share our stories as you shared yours with us. We cannot thank you enough. We always strived to be the best band and friends we could be. To take the time to meet each and every one of you, talk to you, laugh with you, cry with you… we wouldn’t trade those moments for anything. Go Radio was not just a band, it became a worldwide family, a lifeboat for all of us to keep our heads above water in good times and bad. Music is immortal. What we’ve created will never die. We encourage you all to focus on the good as it significantly outweighs any sense of bad.
As for the future… we will all be involved with music one way or another and will be active in letting you know what we’re up to.”
You can catch Steven on the entire Vans Warped Tour Australia this fall playing drums with Anarbor at the following dates:
Nov. 29th – Brisbane, AU
Nov. 30th – Coffs Harbour, AU
Dec. 1st – Sydney, AU
Dec. 6th – Canberra, AU
Dec. 7th – Melbourne, AU
Dec. 8th – Adelaide, AU
You can see Alex on the entire Glamour Kills Tour playing guitar for Stages and Stereos at the following dates:
10/11 Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/12 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/13 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/15 Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/16 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/17 New York City, NY @ Best Buy Theatre (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/18 Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/19 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/20 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/22 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/23 Boston, MA @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/24 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/26 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/27 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/29 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/30 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour)
10/31 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/1 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/2 Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/4 Denver, CO @ The Summit (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/5 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/7 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/8 Vancouver, BC @ The Rio (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/9 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/11 San Francisco @ Slims (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/12 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/13 Los Angeles @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/14 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/15 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/16 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock on The Strip (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/17 Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/19 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/20 Houston, TX @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/21 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/26 Tallahassee, FL @ Sidebar Theatre (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/27 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/29 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour)
11/30 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution (Glamour Kills Tour)
We love you all and look forward to your continuing support and seeing you all in the future!
We have always enjoyed working with the band and wish them all the best of luck in the future.
Let’s talk music, let me know your thoughts in the comment below.
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