2010 was a big year for Escape The Fate. The band were picked up by major label Interscope Records, they cut down on their trash talking, released their third album and began to receive regular airplay on rock radio. It almost seemed like the drama was behind them. But 2010 was also a very big year for Ronnie Radke: he was released from prison, and he remembered.
“They’d start making up lies. ‘He’s addicted to heroin, in prison. He got caught with heroin. Fuck him. Go suck his dick,’ to, like, 13-year-old children while onstage. They’re telling these kids, you know, ‘Fuck the old singer. He just got caught with heroin, he’s going to be in there for a long-ass time. This next song’s called ‘Situations,’’ and then go sing my song.”
The ultimate dis album was in the works. When Radke and Falling In Reverse finally released their debut, The Drug In Me Is You, it was a lyrical bloodbath. Radke got all of his shots in—years of pent up, imprisoned animosity channeled into lyrics.
Radke slams ETF as a group:
“You're what I started, now disregarded/One day they'll see, it was always me.”
“I have learned that my fate is something I can't escape.”
“I dug a hole 10 miles wide, so I could throw all of you inside.”
He slams Mabbitt:
“You're such a dumbfuck/You need to shut up/You bring a picture of me every time you get your haircut/Imposter!”
He slams Green:
“And while God might be busy with judging your soul/I will have slept with the girl that you loved most.”
At some points on the album, he just slams everyone:
“I know you're jealous, and you wish you could be me/I'm so smart and clever with my lyrics, can't you see?/There's nobody better in this music industry/And in case you think you are, go ahead, give me a ring.”
In 2011, after releasing The Drug In Me Is You, Falling In Reverse were set to play their first show. It would be the first time Radke took the stage since his days with Escape The Fate.
In the tour dates that followed, Falling In Reverse began encoring their set with two Escape The Fate songs: “Not Good Enough For Truth In Cliché” and “Situations.” Fans were ecstatic. This was a bold move and one more open challenge to fuel the fire.
But there would be no more fire. During all the flash and fire of the story, addiction was the quiet, sneaky villain in the shade. As Radke recovered, it was especially patient with its next victim, Max Green. The longtime addict had been able maintain a façade of stability for far longer than Radke. But when addiction caught up with him, the bassist’s deterioration was lightning quick:
Strong in recovery, Radke saw an old friend on an all-too-familiar path. From the outside, it looked like a strange and twisted reversal of fortunes: As Radke soared with success and sobriety, Green plummeted, eventually being kicked out of Escape The Fate. But in Green’s most desperate hour, Radke would come to his aid: