Five Finger Death Punch & Breaking Benjamin Add Fall Leg To Co-Headlining Tour

Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin have added a fall leg to their co-headlining tour. Bad Wolves and In Flames will perform on select dates. From Ashes To New will open every show.

Tour Dates:

11/06 Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena (with Bad Wolves)
11/07 Colorado Springs, CO – Broadmoor World Arena (with Bad Wolves)
11/10 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion (with Bad Wolves)
11/12 Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center (with Bad Wolves)
11/13 Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center (with Bad Wolves)
11/15 Portland, OR – Veterans Memorial Coliseum (with Bad Wolves)
11/17 Bozeman, MT – Brick Breedan Fieldhouse (with Bad Wolves)
11/20 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center (with Bad Wolves)
11/21 Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena (with Bad Wolves)
11/23 Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premier Center (with Bad Wolves)
11/24 Green Bay, WI – Resch Center (with Bad Wolves)
11/26 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena (with Bad Wolves)
11/27 Cedar Rapids, IA – US Cellular Center
11/29 Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena (with In Flames)
12/01 North Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena (with In Flames)
12/03 Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum (with In Flames)
12/07 Fayetteville, NC – Crown Coliseum (with In Flames)
12/08 Huntington, WV – Big Sandy Superstore Arena (with In Flames)
12/10 Albany, NY – Times Union Center (with In Flames)
12/11 Portland, ME – Cross Insurance Arena (with In Flames)

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Five Finger Death Punch Premiere Lyric Video For Their Cover Of Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s “Blue On Black”

Five Finger Death Punch have premiered a lyric video for their cover of Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s “Blue On Black.“ This track appears on the band’s latest album “And Justice For None.“

Company Uses Five Finger Death Punch’s Knucklehead Mascot For Bootleg Fireworks

World-Class Fireworks have apparently used Five Finger Death Punch’s Knucklehead mascot for their “Inferno Punch” fireworks without permission. Zoltan Bathory tweeted the following:

[via The PRP]

Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody Opens Up About Alcoholism, Sobriety, & More

Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody has opened up about his struggles with alcoholism, public meltdowns, etc. during an interview with Kaytie from WZOR 94.7 FM. He also revealed that he even almost died from an alcohol related seizure and that he woke up in his daughter arms while she cried with EMTs around them. Moody says he hasn’t relapsed since then, but he has continued to enter treatment facilities and has also been using a 65-year-old ‘metal icon’ as a sponsor. You can read some excerpts from the chat below, courtesy of The PRP.

Moody on his struggles with addiction:

“Anyone in recovery knows that isolation is the biggest enemy. And being in the industry that we are, I had to isolate myself. I lived on the bus or a hotel room, an airplane. No girlfriends, no family. My kids are everything to me and I never got to see ’em—I missed tons of moments and years. And so the bottle sang back to me, so to speak. It was the one thing that I could guarantee.

And I was telling somebody a few weeks ago actually. When I was drunk, I knew how my life was gonna end. I planned on it. I was not gonna wake up one day or go into seizure and die. It’s just I was comfortable because I knew what was gonna happen. And now being sober, I don’t know how I’m gonna go and that’s a scary fucking thing. And I’ve met a lot of addicts that feel the same way.”

Moody on his most recent attempt at kicking his addiction issues:

“I knew I was done during my detox. It took me seven and a half days just to detox. I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t go to the bathroom by myself, I couldn’t smoke a cigarette. I had a staff member actually sleep in the room with me for the first 38 hours just to make sure I didn’t go under.

I blew a .36 when I went in, which anyone who knows anything knows means that was basically death. And I didn’t want to come out of it. I woke up the next day and I pissed that I was still alive.”

He also added the following when asked why he felt that way:

“I don’t know, I really don’t. There was just so many things—minor things—that just accumulated into this one big fucking thing. I truly don’t know. I mean think about it, I’ve got everything I ever hoped for. I’ve got beautiful children. I’ve taken care of my mother, I set her up.

I’ve got a couple.. nieces and nephew, my brother’s getting married, I’ve nice cars, I’ve got a beautiful house, I love my dog… There’s all this shit. Imagine you got everything you ever wanted, everything. And then what? What do you do?”

He later continued:

“Any time that I had gotten out of recovery/rehabilitation before I didn’t do anything about it [his mental state.] I was like yeah I’ve been clean for 30 days, my body is great, my head’s in order—my spirit was fucked.

So this time I made sure I got on Vivitrol, um, Antabuse. I’ve never done any of that before. Anybody who knows anything about Antabuse, if I even use rubbing alcohol on my hands, I get deathly ill.”

Moody on wanting to be known for more than a substance abuse related death:

“I just don’t want my legacy to be that [dying from substance abuse.]… Chester [Bennington] and Chris [Cornell] and Scott [Weiland] and Layne [Staley], Lynn [Strait]—Lynn was like my older brother from Snot. All these guys are forgotten. You hear ’em on the radio… I listen to a Linkin Park song now and I can hear him crying for help. That’s the difference. Why did it take us so long to hear that? I want people to hear my lyrics or my melodies and say ‘that dude’s in pain.’ Or ‘that guy’s victorious over something—he overcame that substance.’ Just life in general, so I just want to give hope back.”

Moody on melting down onstage in Europe last summer:

“So the last meltdown, is what I’m gonna call it, we were in Europe, I was drinking basically every day. The night prior to that show I had gotten waaaasted. Just fucked up beyond all belief.

And I woke up—I had slept almost eleven hours—and I woke up and my personal assistant at the time told me ‘dude, you got ten minutes before you go onstage.’ And I was hungover, I was bitchy, as anyone would be. I was like ‘fuck!’ I started stressing out, I got my stage clothes on, I tried to prep a little bit, do my face paint.

And I run outside and I can hear the vibe… the vibration from the set through the wall. And I’m going ‘fuck, I’m missing the intro, what’s going on?’ So I’m running to stage and I go out there and Tommy Vext is sitting there singing my song and I’m went ‘what the living fuck is going on right now?’ I’m furious at this point. I didn’t want to ruin the set. I knew what I was getting into. And I’m very temperamental when it comes to certain things—I take pride in what I do so it fucking pissed me off to no degree.

So I grabbed a mic from our sound guy, I walked out onstage, if you watched the footage, and I stood behind him while he’s singing. And the crowd started going bonkers. And I was like ‘you fuck, who the fuck do you think you are?’

I was three minutes late. This is what happened I was three minutes late to stage so they said ‘fuck it, roll the tape, let’s go.’ Three minutes. Fucking Axl Rose is three hours late and nobody says a goddamned thing. So my boys didn’t know. They thought I was onstage somewhere, so they started rolling the tape.

So “Lift Me Up” is playing and immediately the sound guy goes ‘Tommy you’re here, take the mic, you know the material.’ And Tommy ran out there, unbeknownst to him, all of a sudden he’s thrown into this position—and he and I go fifteen years back. I’ve known him for a long fucking time. L.A. years. So I walked out and I stood behind him and he turned around and was in shock, acted like I was dead or something.

And he gave me the mic and that’s when I said it. I said ‘this will be my last show with Five Finger Death Punch‘ and Jason threw his guitar down and walked offstage. Immediately everybody was like ‘Oh, he’s drunk.’ I was fucking sober as I’ve ever been. I was just infuriated. So I threw the mic down, I walked offstage, promoter came out and told us if we didn’t finish part of the set that we were gonna get sued. That’s the way this shit works.

So I walked out, we finished a little bit. Got on the bus, the next day I hope—we didn’t talk to each other that whole night. The next day I woke up to Jason, Zoltan, Jeremy, my bodyguard at the time who is now gone and a couple other people, crew wise. They all got up there and surrounded me, woke me up and told me I was going home. No bullshit. They were packing my stuff when I woke up. I was like ‘what the fuck is going on here?’ That was also the last time I saw Chester [Bennington] because they were headlining that night.

So, long story long, I got sent home. The guys looked at me and said ‘dude if you don’t do something about this, you’re gonna die. There’s no ifs, ands or buts anymore, you’re waking up, you’re not taking this seriously. You have such power out there and you’re wasting it.’

And it didn’t click until I hit the plane, because I flew from Norway to London, which is Heathrow, the worst airport of all-time, and then I had a nine-hour flight back to Denver which is where I was living. And I just got shiftaced on there, I was fucking pissed off at the world.

And when I landed I went home to an empty house, no phone calls, no nothing, everybody was blacking me out. And that was the wake up call…

The first time that that had happened when I was in recovery, Phil [Labonte] from All That Remains, who again is one of my oldest friends, I personally asked him to fill-in for me. He was fucking awesome, he nailed it. I love that kid man.

With Tommy [Vext,] when they kept rolling with Tommy I had figured they were gonna cancel the tour. I had no idea.

So I wake up one morning and I’m on Blabbermouth and TMZ starts talking about it, and that’s where “Sham Pain‘… And Tommy‘s finishing the entire fucking tour. How would you feel?

I was insulted dude, I fucking broke down a hundred times. Tears. Dude I took golf clubs to my fucking walls, I was a mess. I went to a bar just to get into a fist fight with a dude twice my size. Just to do it. I fucking whooped his ass. Straight up…

He also added the following when asked about how he looks back at how it went down:

“Now being clear headed, the guys did what they had to do. I mean you can’t just not play. This industry is so wicked when it comes to that and people don’t see the underbelly of it.

If the guys would’ve just cancelled the tour and not gone on with Tommy. We would’ve been sued for millions of dollars. The promoters would’ve never played us again. The radio stations, the media, in general would have fucked us in the ass. It would have all been my fault.

So I am really proud of Tommy for taking on those shoes. He did a good job, he did alright. The worst pain for me was, out of that whole thing was, I got in a car in Vegas and I’m going to the studio to finish up one of these tracks the Uber guy… he goes ‘what do you do for a living?’ and I go ‘I play in a band.’ And he goes ‘oh, that’s cool, I just gave a ride to the lead singer of Five Finger Death Punch a few days ago.’

I was like ‘excuse me?’ And he was like ‘yeah this Tommy guy’ And I went ‘he told you he was the lead singer?’ ‘Yeah, he said he was going to Europe to fucking finish out his shows’ and I just fucking almost broke a goddamned window in the cab. So that’s when I had a sitdown with Tommy and I was like ‘this has to change. You’re in Bad Wolves, be in Bad Wolves. Don’t fucking take it for granted.’ So we ironed all that out, but again, long story long.

That was the first step for me to go to recovery and to start to realizing how my body was. How my spirit was and my mind. There’s a difference to being religious and spiritual, I had lost my spirit, I’ve never been really religious.

So I went through the first stage. The guys even put me on a probationary period from that last European tour—that’s why I got it all tattooed on me, so I could remember the dates, just in case it was my last tour.

And so that guys put me on a probationary tour and I made it through, we got home for Christmas, took about a month off from each other. And I started getting phone calls like ‘you did great, let’s try this again, the new album is finally finished, let’s get out there and show them that there’s a different side of you.’ And I was so overwhelmed with the love I got from my boys, from my bandmates.”

Furthermore, Moody mentioned that he is currently working on a book which he hopes to release early next year or in the spring.

Five Finger Death Punch Premiere “Sham Pain” Music Video

Five Finger Death Punch have premiered a new video for their song “Sham Pain.“ This track is from the band’s new album “And Justice For None,“ which will be released on May 18. Guitarist Zoltan Bathory commented:

“’Sham Pain’ is a lyrical snapshot of probably the most chaotic, yet the biggest year of our career. So far we’ve come out of every bear attack relatively un-scraped, and the band is tighter than ever. Life is not so difficult if you don’t take yourself sooo seriously. As long as you can find the humor in everything you are winning and the winning is strong with this video, as it follows the footsteps of our NOscar winning masterpiece ‘Jekyll and Hyde.’ It was a simple process: We lit the set on fire and then made our poor director Rob Anderson’s artistic sense into a piñata. Whatever he could salvage became the music video.”

In other news, the group recently found a mini Jeremy Spencer at one of their concerts, and they let him play a bit of drums:

Five Finger Death Punch Premiere New Song “When The Seasons Change”

Five Finger Death Punch have premiered a new song titled “When The Seasons Change.“ This track is from the band’s new album “And Justice For None,“ which will be released on May 18. Guitarist Zoltan Bathory commented:

“This song is about loyalty, the kind of loyalty that doesn’t crumble in the face of adversity, which we have faced many times throughout our career and in our lives. This is a very human subject everyone can relate to and it is something this world can use more of.”

Five Finger Death Punch’s Chris Kael On His Past Drug Issues: “I Was Going Through About An Eight Ball Of Cocaine A Week”

Five Finger Death Punch’s Chris Kael previously opened up about his past drug issues and now he has spoken of them even further during an interview with KLAQ at the Las Rageous Festival in Las Vegas, NV. You can watch the full chat, and read some transcriptions below:

Kael said the following:

“I was going through about an eight-ball of cocaine a week. That got to be the biggest problem for me. That and depression, the two things, were not good. I didn’t realize it until I got into rehab that I was self-medicating with cocaine to get my dopamine levels up to fight the depression. I never even thought about that. And then when you come off it, you crash hard.”

He went on to say he is “one line away from falling off the wagon” and that “every day is a struggle to get things through,” though he did reveal that “it’s much better now.”

He also added that it was hard when he would have time off tour:

“The downtime was real rough for me, because, hell, I’d been off since December of last year; we got off the road in December. So normally, I was bartending, I had an everyday job, something to do, going to the gym, this and this. And when I got home from this [last tour], I was, like, ‘What do I do? Do I wanna try to figure out something to do? Or do I wanna spend eight hours doing blow and watching Netflix? I’m gonna do blow and watch Netflix. I don’t wanna figure out what to do.’ So I really got into that thing. And it just got to a point where I felt like the real me was getting eaten up by the character that I portrayed on stage — the ‘He-Man,’ fucking… that guy.”

Kael also talked a bit about how Ivan Moody had to publicly battle his addiction while his was silent:

“Ivan was going through his thing, and me, no one really knew, I was the quiet one that was kind of doing things on the side. That was one of the things that was eating away at me too — my guy had a huge problem, and here I am, a quiet problem. It hit me hard when I got off the road last time. Going home was always hard anyway, ’cause you’ve got so much stimulation out on the road, and then you come home and you’re, like, ‘Wait a minute? I’ve gotta take out the trash? That’s the biggest part of my job now?'”

[via Blabbermouth]