Pete Parada, drummer for the rock band “The Offspring,” is now the former drummer of the heavily popular music group.
Parada was reportedly dismissed from The Offspring for failing to get a COVID-19 vaccination shot. Parada’s career as a musician began in the 1990s and he’s also performed numerous acts over his lengthy career. He became a member of The Offspring in 2007 and is the band’s second longest-tenured drummer, behind Ron Welty. The musician came into the band on July 27, 2007, after their search for a new drummer. Parada was also a big part of The Offspring’s most recent album, “Let the Bad Times Roll” appearing on 10 of the album’s 12 tracks.
Parada claims he was let go from the band for refusing a COVID-19 vaccination shot upon his doctor’s advice. In a statement, he also says his medical history and penchant for side effects led him to decline the vaccine. The former Offspring drummer also notes he’s already had one round with the virus about a year ago. He says his symptoms were mild and that he is confident he could handle it if it came around again. According to Parada, the risk outweighs the benefits in his case. A decision that numerous other people have also made as well.
Parada also put out a lengthy statement on social media recently, explaining his stance on turning down the vaccination. he says he holds no ill will toward his former bandmates in The Offspring.
Offspring Drummer Explains Dismissal From Band
“Since I am unable to comply with what is increasingly becoming an industry mandate — it has recently been decided that I am unsafe to be around, in the studio and on tour,” Parada says in the statement.
Despite saying there are no hard feelings toward his former bandmates, it is hard not to sense a bit of frustration in Parada’s message. The former Offspring drummer says he suffers from Guillain-Barre Syndrome since his youth. GBS is a rare medical disorder in which your body’s immune system attacks your nerves.
“I have no negative feelings toward my band,” he continues. “They are also doing what they believe is best for them and I am doing the same. Wishing the entire Offspring family all the best as they get back at it.”
But Parada, 48, did not hold back his feelings regarding the stigma placed on those making a personal decision on the vaccine.
“I do not find it ethical or wise to allow those with the most power (government, corporations, organizations, employers) to dictate medical procedures to those with the least power,” he writes.
The remaining members of The Offspring will be looking for a new drummer — likely a vaccinated one.