5FDP Assures Fans The Band Isn’t Over
Vocalist Ivan Moody’s stage banter about Monday’s show being his final Five Finger Death Punch gig was apparently just another false alarm. The band released a statement today to clarify that it was just “rock ’n’ roll” and also announced a fall/winter European tour with In Flames.
Fan footage posted to YouTube from 5FDP’s June 12 performance in Tillburg, Netherlands (video below), shows Moody addressing the crowd with the bombshell news, “I’ll let you know ahead of time, this is my last show with Five Finger Death Punch.” He then used his right hand to mimic slitting his throat.
Moody’s speech wasn’t the only thing amiss about Monday’s concert. The frontman reportedly didn’t take the stage with the band until the third song, with Tommy Vext filling in on vocals, according to Loudwire. The magazine points to Dutch website BD.nl that claims the band “disappeared after every song [for] minutes from the stage and seemed to quarrel among themselves.” The show was reportedly cut short after just 40 minutes.
Five Finger Death Punch put out the following statement in response: “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 …”
The incident comes less than two months after Moody was forced to release a statement to clarify that his comments on a radio show about leaving the band were taken out of context.
In late November the band ended a concert in Worcester, Mass., early after Moody told the audience his mother was “passing along” that day. His sister reportedly gave an interview with RockFeed.net saying their mother was alive and well and that it was her “personal opinion that Ivan was drunk and used that an an excuse for his horrid behavior. ”Moody told fans the following day that he had “a mental moment. It had nothing to do with alcohol, drugs, or any of it. True. Just melted down,” as seen in a fan-shot video.
All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte ended up filing in for Moody on the band’s remaining December gigs. A statement from the band’s publicist explained that Moody had “fallen ill.”
Five Finger Death Punch will be back in Europe in November. The band has signed on for an arena tour with In Flames that launches Nov. 16 in Goteborg, Sweden. The outing is booked through late December with gigs in Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy, France, Luxembourg, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Select dates feature Of Mice & Men.
A Spotify presale starts June 14 at 10 a.m. Ticketmaster is hosting a presale that begins June 15 at 10 a.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public June 16 at 10 a.m. All times local.
Take a look at 5FDP’s schedule by clicking here.
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