Tommy Vext Became Homeless To Tour With Bad Wolves This Year
Bad Wolves are perhaps best known for their smash hit cover of The Cranberries’ Zombie, which became the first Platinum rock song of 2018. Their debut album, Disobey, even made its way to #23 on the Billboard 200 chart shortly after its release in May of this year. But despite the Los Angeles-based band’s meteoric success, few people realize what its members had to give up to pursue the dream.
As The PRP originally reported, vocalist Tommy Vext revealed via an Instagram post earlier this week that he became homeless in order to tour with the band from March through December. “I had to give up my apartment, get rid of my car and put all of my belongings in storage,” the singer explains.
It’s not the first time he’s been without a permanent address, either — Vext would go on to express gratitude “for the times of my life when I was forced to be homeless because the lessons I would learn only prepared me for life out of a suitcase.”
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Many people don’t realize that I am homeless. In order to go out on tour in 2018 from March through December I had to give up my apartment, get rid of my car and put all of my belongings in storage. I never thought I would be grateful for the times of my life when I was forced to be homeless because the lessons I would learn only prepared me for life out of a suitcase. This year has been an incredible ride conquering 7 tours from Amphitheater’s & arenas for tens of thousands to headlining our own club tour only weeks after our debut album was released. I have been all over the US, Europe, UK, Canada and Australia and have met countless wonderful people at shows, on the streets and in the gym. What a blessing to be able to tour with and befriend for so many amazing artists, and turning a crew of amazingly talented guys into a family. After the honor of having Zombie go Diamond, Platinum, Double Platinum & Gold in almost a dozen countries and going number one globally I’ve just received word that #HearMeNow is the number 1 song on active rock radio in the United States of America 🇺🇸. What a way to end an amazing year. Thank you everyone who supported us, bought our t shirts and records, showed up and sang their lungs out ! Thank you to our road crew, our label, managment, all our new friends at radio stations across the globe. You’ve given us a life beyond our wildest dreams. Forever Grateful ~ T. 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 @randyedwardsphotos
Vext is no stranger to hardships. Earlier this year in an exclusive interview with Kerrang!, he recounted the time his twin brother tried to kill him while he was high during a home invasion in 2010. Before that, he had gotten sober, and faced his own share of childhood traumas, too — but Vext has risen above all to front multiple successful rock bands, including Snot, Divine Heresy, and even filled in as stand-in vocalist for Five Finger Death Punch. We’re pretty confident that he’ll come out on top once again — especially in a band as engaging and powerful as Bad Wolves.
We’re excited for the band to begin recording their new album within the next two weeks, which was also confirmed on Vext’s Instagram just a few days ago:
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