Bad Wolves and Tommy Vext Now Openly Beefing Online
The ongoing feud between Bad Wolves and their former vocalist, Tommy Vext, does not appear to be cooling down any time soon.
Vext (né Thomas Cummings) and Bad Wolves parted ways in January, not long after the frontman’s ex-girlfriend, fitness model and personal trainer Whitney Johns, was granted a restraining order against him. Vext has since been replaced by Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz (ex-The Acacia Strain), with whom the group released their first single, “Lifelife,” earlier this week. Prior to the debut of that song, the band issued a statement claiming that Vext was “emotionally and physically abusive” during his tenure with the group, and addressing what they referred to as “fraudulent claims” made by Vext with regards to songwriting credits for the band’s work.
Meanwhile, the band’s record label, Better Noise Music, is suing the singer for copyright infringement. They allege that Vext “has resorted to actively sabotaging the Band by posting unreleased music videos and sound recordings without permission” — a claim potentially bolstered by a recent leak of the band’s new single, “Lifelife,” with Vext’s vocals on it.
The suit also categorizes Vext’s recent announcement that he’ll soon be touring under the name ‘Tommy Vext and The [email protected] W8lv3s’ as “a blatant attempt to confuse concertgoers into thinking this is an approved tour.”
Vext himself previously filed his own lawsuit against the band’s manager, Allen Kovac, and Better Noise Music. That complaint alleges breach of fiduciary duties, breach of various agreements, and unjust enrichment. Furthermore, Vext alleges that Kovac, who is white, routinely used racial slurs. This despite the fact that in June of 2020, at the height of the Black Lives Matter movement’s protests spurred by the murder of George Floyd, Vext said in a video that “racism… doesn’t exist” in America.
The drama between the two parties intensified yesterday (September 8), when Bad Wolves posted the following message on social media:
“Desperate people do desperate things.
“Tommy Vext quit Bad Wolves last January to pursue a solo career. Unfortunately, he quickly realized that nobody cares about him as a solo artist and that he can’t make or sell music on his own.
“He can’t write his own music so he released an edited version of our first single with his vocals on it. Desperate people do desperate things.
“He can’t sell tickets as a solo artist, so he bills himself as [email protected] W8LV3S. Desperate people do desperate things.
“He tried to dupe fans into buying a covers record he didn’t own only to be shut down by GoFundMe for fraud. Desperate people do desperate things.
“But What’s most desperate are the mountains of lies Tommy has told since leaving the band. It is clear he has no moral compass and is willing to say and do anything, regardless of the truth.
Vext subsequently fired back by sharing a commercial for his live show along with this retort:
“MAKE THIS VIRAL
“Desperate people do desperate things. Imagine a bsnd of hired guns handed a massive record deal because their singer saved another rockstars life from alcoholism. Imagine watching him repeatedly rejecting your bad ideas to work with A-List producers to convey a message and a testimony so powerful that it helped heal people. Imagine growing up in poverty amd giving away 100% of the highest selling rock song in 16 years to a family that lost their mother.
“Imagine being ousted, ridiculed, falsely, accused, betrayed and abandoned and still carrying on. Imagine having your hard work and blood and sweet stolen by vengeful incompetence & inexcusable greed.
“Imagine going through all this and still packing up booking a tour after a global pandemic and selling more tickets then your famous bands headlining shows ever did.
“Yeah I’m desperate. Look at this footage. This is my family now. You fucked with me and now you fucked with all of us. KEEP MY SONGS IDGAF YOU CAN MEVER REPLACE THE SAUCE. Everyone now knows. You failed. IF YOU WERENT SO AFRAID YOU’D LET ME PUT OUT MY OWN RECORDS & LET THE BEST BAND WIN. BUT YOU CANT BECAUSE OF YOUR EGOS.
“Go book a headlining tour and show the world your draw. Watch this video. Because this is mine ????
“#BadWolves #TheKing #Tommyvext #freetommyvext #betternoisemusic #LetTheBestBandWin #Lifeline #TheLastRealFrontman”
Bad Wolves’ first album without Vext, Dear Monsters, will be released on October 29 via Better Noise.
[via The PRP]