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Asking Alexandria plead onstage for frontman to go to rehab

April 01 2011, 2:07 PM EDT By Tim Karan

UPDATE: 1:46 p.m. 4/1
A representative for Asking Alexandria has responded to Tuesday night's incident in which vocalist Danny Worsnop was intoxicated and unable to finish the set. The band's publicist told us, "Ultimately, rock 'n' roll is dangerous and exciting and just like the old days of Guns 'N Roses and Mötley Crüe
, sometimes things happen onstage. In this case, Asking Alexandria's vocalist had a little too much to drink before the Seattle show. This was a one-time relapse as he has been sober this whole tour, but there are no interventions or anything going on. He realized the mistake he made and couldn't feel worse about it."



ORIGINAL STORY: 11:07 a.m. 4/1
Asking Alexandria vocalist Danny Worsnop was extremely intoxicated at the band's show Tuesday night at Studio 7 in Seattle, Washington, and was escorted offstage mid-set amid pleas from his bandmates to go to rehab. Worsnop was belligerent to the crowd and struggled to maintain composure throughout the set, prompting a chant of, "Drunk piece of shit" from those in attendance.

At one point, guitarist Ben Bruce took to the microphone and said, "Let's do a vote right fuckin' now. Who prefers Danny the way he is [now]? That's like three people." Worsnop began to interrupt, but Bruce said, "Ignore him. Who here will support us in putting my best friend through rehab and making him better?" As the crowd cheered, Bruce said, "Thank you so fuckin' much. Fuck you, Danny. Ignore everything he says. Thank you for supporting us. Who here wants us to play another song—despite Danny?"

The band continued to perform, but the inebriated Worsnop continued staggering around the stage and eventually began singing while laying on his back before crew members took him offstage. The band then asked for a vocalist from the crowd to join them onstage. Yesterday, Asking Alexandria posted a statement on Facebook saying, "Seattle: We will be coming back to play a FREE show for you. Stay tuned for more info about this soon. Thank you all so much for standing by us. We love you guys!! Sometimes, being "Reckless & Relentless" gets you in the worst place of your life. This Tuesday when our new album comes out, we will remind you why you love us. FUCKING BELIEVE IT!!!"

Worsnop took to Twitter and said, "I'm sorry Seattle! Tonight wasn't right. I'll be back making it up to you. I'm a fucking idiot. I should never blame my actions on my relapses but tonight made me realize I have a problem. I for the first time in my life want to fix myself. I now know what regret is! I apologize from the bottom of my heart.I've relied on drugs and drinking to feel alive. I can't do that anymore. Tonight was evidence it's not me. I can't do it anymore. I love you all and I'm so sorry I've let you all down. Hopefully I grow to have some sort of compassion to myself. I live for self-destruction and that's wrong. Nothing changes when you're killing yourself with poison. ‎I love you all and I hope you can forgive me. I am officially quitting drugs and drinking, here and now. I want to clean up and sort my fucking life out. I'll never stop hating myself until I stop killing myself."  

Watch video of the performance below. We've reached out to the band for comment and we'll keep you posted as more details emerge. Asking Alexandria's current tour with Chiodos and Emmure is scheduled to run through April 17.