The Dead Kennedys Search For Another Frontman
U.S. rockers the DEAD KENNEDYS are searching for a new frontman - after their new lead singer quit. Original frontman Jello Biafra failed to rejoin the group when they reformed in 2001, with the band recruiting Dr Know's Brandon Cruz, with Cruz replaced by Jeff Penalty two years later in 2003. But Penalty has now left the band, citing "a tediously long story involving... money and creative differences" for the split - and slammed his Dead Kennedys bandmates for allegedly recruiting a new singer behind his back. He says, "It's likely that, if asked, the band will attribute my departure to scheduling conflicts brought about by my documentary work, but in reality it's a tediously long story involving personality conflicts, creative differences, arguments about splitting money equally, arguments about how the band should be run, arguments about the wisdom of hiring a band manager whose other star client was a Christian folk artist, arguments about whether we should or shouldn't go on MTV, and arguments about many other wretched things. "I thought about quitting numerous times over the past year, but I officially did so on Thanksgiving when I found out that the band had been recruiting a new singer behind my back and had even played a secret show with one at a bar in my neighbourhood."