Ivan Moody To Return To The Stage With Five Finger Death Punch In August

Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody was recently sent home early from the band’s European tour, due to substance abuse issues, and has now shared an open letter to fans from the treatment center where he is currently working on his addictions. According to him, he will return to the stage with Five Finger Death Punch in August.

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Moody’s statement:

“To All Five Finger Death Punch Fans:

I wanted to write to all of you and express my deep regret for not being able to finish the last few shows on our European summer tour.

I am in a treatment facility addressing the addiction issues that have interfered with everything in my life.

I love you guys and I love my band… It’s what I do and I can’t imagine my life without it. I am 100% committed to getting healthy so I can get back on stage with Five Finger Death Punch.

At this point, I AM ON TRACK TO RETURN TO THE BAND WITH A VENGEANCE in Springfield, IL, when we begin the next leg of our North American tour dates. It’s my intention to sing at each and every future show we are committed to, in North America and in Europe. I can’t wait to put all of this behind me and move forward.

I’d like to thank Tommy Vext for doing such a great job filling in for me while I was away. I’d like to thank my brothers in 5FDP for supporting me through these hard times. We’ve been through hell and back and we’re not gonna stop here.

I would also like to thank my family & friends for standing behind me while I take care of what I need to regarding my health. But most importantly, I’d like to thank you, the fans, for your unwavering support as I recover.

This has not been an easy year for me, but your encouragement and positivity is what keeps me going.

See all you Knuckleheads on August 19th!!
Ivan Moody“

Footage Of Five Finger Death Punch’s Entire Free Tilburg, NET Show Posted

To make up for their disastrous June 12 show in Tilburg, NET, Five Finger Death Punch played a free show for ticket holders on June 19. This show, like the rest of the dates on this current tour, featured guest vocalist Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves, etc.), who is filling in for Ivan Moody, who exited the tour due to substance abuse issues. Check out footage of that below:

Pro-Shot Footage Of Five Finger Death Punch Performing With Tommy Vext Posted

Some pro-shot footage of Five Finger Death Punch performing “The Bleeding” and “Wash It All Away” with guest vocalist Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves, etc.) at last night’s Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium has been shared via gradpop.be. Vext has been performing with the band in Europe due to Ivan Moody getting sent home for substance abuse issues.

Five Finger Death Punch Announce Free Tilburg, NET Show

To make up for their disastrous June 12 show in Tilburg, NET, Five Finger Death Punch have announced that they will play a free show for ticket holders on June 19. This show, like the rest of the dates on this current tour, will feature guest vocalist Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves, etc.), who is filling in for Ivan Moody, who exited the tour due to substance abuse issues.

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Five Finger Death Punch issued the following statement:

“Five Finger Death Punch announced today that they will immediately return to Tilburg to play a free show for any ticket holders from the now infamous 013 performance a week prior.

Said guitar player Zoltan Bathory, “Last Monday’s show was an avalanche of events largely out of our control. We could sit here all day and apologize but our fans in the Netherlands deserve better than that. They’ve stuck with us all these years and helped get us to where we are today. So, we managed to re-route our tour and come back to Tilburg and play a free show on our day off – because actions speak louder than words.”

This show will take place in the same venue, the 013 in Tilburg. Ticket holders of last week’s show will promptly receive an email from the venue with instructions on how to obtain their free guaranteed priority tickets. This email will include a link to directly download e-tickets for the show.

Other fans interested in attending this unique show should closely follow the announcements on the venue’s website http://www.013.nl on Friday morning to get access. After the original ticket holders get their priority tickets, a link will be made available where people can order free tickets while stock lasts.”

Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory Says Tilburg, NET Show Was An “Avalanche Of Clusterfucks”, Fans Start Petition To Get The Band’s New Album Released

Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory has commented further about the band’s “train wreck” of a show in Tilburg, NET. You can see what he had to say in the below Instagram post. In other news, fans have started a petition to get Prospect Park to release Five Finger Death Punch’s new album, which was completed late last year.

Thank you 🇦🇹 Austria 🤘 We had Great show 🤘🤘🤘🤘As you probably know by now – the show 2 days ago in Tilburg was an avalanche of clusterfucks – a crew member rolled the intro without verifying if we were all present – we were half way into the first song when we realized that – Ivan wasn't even in the building yet – to save the day our friend @tommyvext of @badwolvesofficial ran out on stage and sung until Ivan arrived… but you can imagine Ivan's shock – the band was on stage without him – so things escalated form there – as his anger got the better of him and in the chaos – more and more crazy shit happened – mistakes such us wrong intros resulted in skipping songs – which resulted in getting handed the wrong instruments for the wrong songs…. the aftermath was even crazier – so the events that happened in the following day left us no choice but to send Ivan back to rehab so he can take care of himself and come back stronger. The show must go on – we owe this to the fans – so Tommy will be singing with us for the rest of the tour. We had a great first show – thank you for the continuous love and support 🤘 (fans in Tilburg – we will be back – we will make up for the train wreck you unfortunately had to witness) ..:: Five Finger … 🎤

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[via The PRP]

Five Finger Death Punch Talk New Album & Prospect Park Lawsuit

It was previously reported awhile back that Five Finger Death Punch were sued by their label Prospect Park due to claims that the band was “shamelessly attempting to cash in before the anticipated downfall of their addicted bandmate [Ivan Moody]” and trying to push out low quality music. The band then fired back by hitting the label with a lawsuit claiming that they were trying to use them because they are in debt and know that Five Finger Death Punch are profitable. Now, Jason Hook and Jeremy Spencer have discussed more about that and their finished new album. You can read what they had to say below.

Spencer:

“We have a new record. It’s been done for several months. And we’re tied up in a lawsuit with our label. So we can’t release it because we’re being sued for some reason which I don’t even really understand why. He’s [Jeff Kwatinetz] trying to jam us up so we can’t leave the label. But he’s going to lose and once we get that sorted out the record will come out.”

Hook:

“…We highly recommend that the owner of the label [Prospect Park] Jeff Kwatinetz… He’s the one who is making the decision to not release the record. He’s had it since December 31st. So if anyone out there wants to get in touch with him.”

Spencer:

“Look him up, Jeff Kwatinetz at Prospect Park. Find a way to get to him and tell him you want to hear the record.”

Hook:

“Ask him why he’s suing us cause we’re not sure. When you find out maybe let us know.”

Hook also added:

“It really doesn’t affect us at all. I mean we’re touring now, making a lot of money. And there’s no… But the thing is, we’re never going to stop working. We’re workaholics and we have our fanbase. And if that record has to sit with him for five years, it won’t matter. We have a new label and we have a new deal and we’ll continue to make records with that label and he can release that when he feels like it.”

“We will be preparing all the time. Nobody can tell you that you can’t record or you can’t write. We’re doing it anyway and we can afford to pay for it too.”

The album has a name, but the band have yet to reveal it. However, they do plan to play new songs from it live at some point.

In other news, Five Finger Death Punch played their first full show with guest vocalist Tommy Vext at the Nova Rock Festival in Austria tonight (June 14). Vext is filling in for Ivan Moody who has exited the band’s current tour due to substance abuse issues.

[via The PRP]

Ivan Moody To Leave Five Finger Death Punch’s European Tour Early, Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves, Etc.) To Fill In

Ivan Moody is heading home early from Five Finger Death Punch’s current tour, following their disastrous June 12 show in Tilburg, NET. Like similar past instances, he will be leaving due to substance abuse issues. Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves, etc.) will fill in on the remaining dates.

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Five Finger Death Punch issued the following statement:

““Five Finger Death Punch announced today that they will finish out their remaining European dates with Bad Wolves vocalist Tommy Vext filling in for Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody, whose struggles with substance abuse are widely known.

Ivan Moody, vocalist of Five Finger Death Punch said: “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.”

Zoltan Bathory, guitarist of Five Finger Death Punch said: “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.”

Tommy Vext, the vocalist of up and coming metal band Bad Wolves said: “It is a tremendous honor to share the stage with Five Finger Death Punch on these remaining dates. Today I am blessed with over 8 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.”

Five Finger Death Punch thanks its fans for their continued support.”