UPDATE: Five Finger Death Punch has announced that Ivan Moody will be stepping away from the band for the remainder of their current tour as he deals with some personal issues and that Bad Wolves vocalist Tommy Vext will be stepping in.
Ivan Moody’s official statement:
“I am embarrassed and ashamed to admit that I have fallen off the wagon again. I was on shaky ground prior to our performance in Tilburg, and although a lot of the events of that show were out of my control, the shame of not delivering pushed me over the edge. It would not be fair to my bandmates or my fans to continue to perform in my current condition. One of the worst parts of addiction is the loneliness you feel, so having the support of my band and all the knuckleheads is what drives me. I am committed to getting better so I can get back out on stage as soon as possible.”
We would like wish Ivan our best wishes.
Despite a fiery and chaotic performance put on last night in Tilburg, American metal heroes Five Finger Death Punch insist all is well and that they will carry on with upcoming shows as scheduled.
Last nights show reportedly was short, started late and began with out the lead singer. Only the latest in a long list of onstage blow ups from the group, this time front man Ivan Moody even addressed the crowd directly and informed them that it would be his last show with Five Finger. The band also reportedly left the stage for ‘periods of time’ between each song, leaving room to speculate over possible back stage drama.
Nonetheless the band has released the following back pedaling statement via their social media accounts, insisting that Moody is not in fact leaving the band, and that last nights event was simply just a bump in the road.
“Those who have followed 5FDP from the beginning can tell you there has always been an element of danger and unpredictability in our music and in our shows. That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll. When you do over 150 shows in a year, you will inevitably have a few derailments, but the train always keeps on moving. Last night in Tilburg was one of those instances, but as they say, you aren’t a race car driver if you don’t wreck a car or two.
We can’t wait to put on amazing shows tomorrow night at Nova Rock all the way to our just announced winter tour all over Europe. See you all on the race track….bring a helmet….”
I personally don’t buy it. Simply damage control in my opinion. I was lucky enough to meet Moody briefly in Denver last year and if nothing else, one thing for sure is he loves the hell out of his fans. I don’t think he would have ruined the night for the thousands of people who worked hard to buy their tickets to last nights show unless he was legitimately done. Also this isn’t the first time just this year that he has announced his departure and then backpedaled. My guess, he got himself calmed down after being threatened with lawsuits due to the fact that he’s already contracted for shows into next year.
As a huge 5FDP fan my only hope at this point is that they either get their shit together and stop letting down their loyal fan base down, or call it quits and go out respectfully. Otherwise, if they keep on this road they’re on, we’ll probably just end up with another Puddle of Mudd. Always sucks seeing bands that were so on top fall from grace.-Johnny K