Five Finger Death Punch verder op tournee zonder zanger Ivan Moody

Er moest iets gebeuren bij Five Finger Death Punch na het rommelige optreden in de 013 in Tilburg begin deze week. Daarom is zonet aangekondigd dat Five Finger Death Punch hun Europese tournee verder zal zetten zonder zanger Ivan Moody.

Het zat er aan te komen, na het ingekorte optreden in de 013 (lees de review met het hele verloop hier) moest er toch iets gebeuren binnen Five Finger Death Punch. Eerder deed de band een statement via social media (die kan je hier lezen), maar een verontschuldiging of dergelijke bleef achterwege. Nu is de band aan het optreden op Nova Rock, zonder zanger Ivan Moody. Moody gaat opnieuw in rehabilitatie voor zijn verslaving en de band steunt hem daarin. Vervanger is Tommy Vext, die ook de eerste twee nummers insprong als zanger in Tilburg.

In een statement gaf Moody toe:

"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."

Guitarist Zoltan Bathory voegde toe: "As a band, we are committed to supporting Ivan’s road to recovery. We are as baffled and saddened as anyone to watch our brother continue to struggle. Almost everyone in the world knows someone who struggles with addiction, and can relate to how the self-destruction of someone they care about is very difficult to watch. Five Finger Death Punch has every intention of playing the dates we’re committed to and beyond. The band is bigger than any one member." En ook Tommy Vext gaf commentaar: "It is a tremendous honor to share the stage with Five Finger Death Punch on these remaining dates. Today I am blessed with over eight years of sobriety, so I can certainly empathize with Ivan’s struggles. Not only do I feel a responsibility to deliver for the fans of Five Finger Death Punch on these remaining dates, but also to deliver for Ivan so he can get back to work as soon as he is healthy."

Op Graspop Metal Meeting staat Five Finger Death Punch op zaterdag geprogrammeerd, met Tommy in plaats van Ivan.