Psychosexual (Ex-Five Finger Death Punch) Release New Covers EP “Songs To Stalk You By”

Psychosexual, the band fronted by ex-Five Finger Death Punch drummer Jeremy Spencer, have released a new covers EP titled “Songs To Stalk You By.“ The effort includes the group’s takes on KISS’ “Watchin’ You,” Stone Temple Pilots’ “Sex Type Thing,” Queensrÿche’s “Gonna Get Close To You,” Type O Negative’s “Love You To Death,” David Bowie’s “Love You Till Tuesday,” and The Police’s “Every Breath You Take.” Notably, ex-Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook guests on “Watchin’ You” and “Gonna Get Close To You.” Spencer commented:

“This is a fun little compilation of bands I love. There is definitely a tongue-in-cheek creepiness to the themes that tie the songs together, and that’s what made them so much fun to record. The fact that stalking and social distancing go hand-in-hand is just a happy coincidence.”

Five Finger Death Punch Officially Announce New Guitarist

Five Finger Death Punch have officially parted ways with guitarist Jason Hook. As previously rumored, Andy James will be taking his place.

Hook said the following:

“I have had the pleasure of meeting so many of you in person. Thank you for the endless stories of how our music has touched your heart in some way! But the best part of being on tour the last 12 years, by far, has been playing my guitar and seeing the joy on your faces every night. I will miss that more than anything. As far the reason I’m leaving… well, there really isn’t just one. I’ve been in bands my entire life and I feel like I’ve done all the good that I can here. It’s time to pass the baton and move on to new challenges.”

Guitarist Zoltan Bathory also commented:

“Jason is an incredible guitar player so we had to find someone on the absolute top of their game. Someone like Andy James who was already a well-known virtuoso and had the chops to step into Jason‘s shoes. Andy completed our European tour with us back in February so he was already tried by fire. We instantly clicked both musically and personally so he was the obvious choice. We even have the same birthday… Some things are just meant to be.”

Frontman Ivan Moody added:

“I just congratulated Jason on his recent wedding, and I hope he finds peace and happiness. As for us, I’m really excited to keep working with Andy and I just can’t wait for this COVID madness to be over so we can go back out on the road.”

Jason Hook Pretty Much Confirms His Departure From Five Finger Death Punch

As previously reported, rumors were recently circulating that seemed to suggest that Jason Hook had exited Five Finger Death Punch. Now, in a since deleted Instagram video, the guitarist pretty much confirmed the news.

Hook said the following:

“I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to all of the fans of Five Finger Death Punch for all of messages that you’ve been sending me about you know what. I’ve kinda been issued a gag order, so I’m not saying anything. But I’m very excited about the things I’m working on and I’m looking forward to sharing them with everybody.

And when the time is right there will be a mutually agreed on press release between me and my guys and that’s it.”

He also went on to say that he is planning to release some new music:

“I’ve got tons of new songs that I’m gonna release and I want people to hear them. I don’t expect to make money, I don’t expect to climb the top of charts. I didn’t care about any of that… the music business is sort of in the toilet, so it’s not really about that anymore. It’s just about getting off on it and getting fired up and creating something that’s exciting for me and hopefully translates to be exciting for you.”

He continued:

“I’ve got eight projects on the go and I’m excited about every one of them.”

Andy James (ex-Sacred Mother Tongue/Fields), who previously filled in for Hook while he underwent gallbladder surgery, is believed to be taking his place in the band.

[via The PRP]

Did Five Finger Death Punch Part Ways With Jason Hook?

There have been some rumors circulating as of late that seem to suggest that Five Finger Death Punch may have parted ways with guitarist Jason Hook. According to The PRP, fans have been looking for evidence and they recently discovered that members of the band have stopped following Hook on social media. Furthermore, those that have asked frontman Ivan Moody about Hook on Instagram have been having their questions dismissed. On top of that, the guitarist has also been missing from the band’s recent posts including a photo celebrating 1 million followers on Instagram. However, that picture did feature Andy James (ex-Sacred Mother, etc.), who previously filled in for Hook while he was undergoing gallbladder surgery. Notably, James was previously planning to join Butcher Babies as their second guitarist, but has not appeared in their recent promo photos. That being said, it is possible that he could have joined Five Finger Death Punch instead.

Jason Hook To Sit Out Five Finger Death Punch’s Remaining European Dates

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook will be sitting out the remainder of the band’s European tour so he can have more time to recover from gallbladder surgery. During his absence, Andy James (ex-Sacred Mother Tongue/Fields Of The Nephilim) will be filling in.

The band commented:

“Hamburg Knuckleheads,

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our brother Jason Hook will not be able to perform tonight. He needs additional time for his recovery and must step back from the current tour in order to have the opportunity to do so. We discussed this as a band and Jason‘s well-being is our priority – health comes first.

It was Jason‘s express wish that we continue the tour so with Jason’s blessing we have invited our friend Andy James who has agreed to step in and finish the tour for Jason.

We are grateful for Andy stepping up and will continue to deliver the great show the fans deserve every night.

We’ve been having an incredible run with our friends in Megadeth and Bad Wolves so far, and the vibe of the tour has been amazing. We look forward to seeing all the German fans next and appreciate all of you joining us in wishing Jason a speedy recovery.

Five Finger Death Punch“

Watch Steel Panther Cover Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” With Members Of Five Finger Death Punch

During Steel Panther’s January 19 show at the Circus in Helsinki, Finland, the band were joined onstage by Five Finger Death Punch’s Jason Hook, Chris Kael, and Charlie Engen for a cover of Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:

[via Blabbermouth]

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Neil Peart (Rush)

As previously reported, Rush’s Neil Peart has sadly passed away following a battle with brain cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary drummer and some of the various posts can be found below:

Geddy Lee (Rush):

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Rest in peace, my brother. 💔

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett:

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins:

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #NeiPeart

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Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath):

KISS’ Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons:

Gary Holt (Exodus):

David Ellefson (Megadeth):

Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, and Frank Bello:

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

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R.I.P. #nealpeart An extraordinary talent.

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King Diamond:

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine):

John Dolmayan (System Of A Down):

Steven Adler (ex-Guns N’ Roses):

Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour):

Overkill:

Mike Inez (Alice In Chains):

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Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins):

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7J9U-MBLlJ/?hl=en

Alex Bent (Trivium):

Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless):

Chris Jericho (Fozzy):

Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses, etc.):

Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch):

Adam Gontier (Saint Asonia, ex-Three Days Grace):

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~ Shocked. The Legend. Rest In Peace Neil Peart. 🙏🏻

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Shawn Drover (ex-Megadeth, etc.):

Sacred Reich:

Matt Halpern (Periphery):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Chuck D (Public Enemy, Prophets of Rage):

Dan Briggs (Between The Buried And Me):

Peter Frampton:

Jack Black (Tenacious D):

Five Finger Death Punch Guitarist Jason Hook Undergoes Gallbladder Surgery, Band Postpone Two More Shows

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook is currently recovering after undergoing emergency gallbladder surgery. As a result, the band’s December 14-15 shows in Omaha, NE and Des Moines, IA have been postponed. This news comes after the group previously postponed yesterday’s (December 12) show in Duluth, MN.

Five Finger Death Punch issued the following statement:

“Last night, Jason Hook was taken to the emergency room where it was determined his gallbladder needed to be removed. Jason underwent surgery successfully but will have to remain in the hospital until his doctors determine he is fit to be discharged and travel home.

Jason‘s healing is our #1 priority. As a result, the last three shows of this current tour will be postponed, however, we are working on coming back to play Duluth, Omaha and Des Moines very soon. Once we have an update on new dates to return, we will post the information on our website and social media channels. Please hold on to your tickets in the meantime. Jason very much appreciates all the well wishes and, rest assured, we will see you back out on the road very soon!”

UPDATE: Hook has since issued his own statement:

“Well that sucked! 😂 Gallbladder went #kaput … sorry Duluth MN, some things you just can’t control… We’ll be back to kick some ass, and make up the other dates as soon as we can! I very much appreciate all the kind notes of caring and support 🙏🏻 one thing I know for sure is we have the greatest fan base of all time! Long live the #knuckleheads 👊🏻 ~ Hook #fivefingerdeathpunch @5fdp”

Five Finger Death Punch Postpone Duluth, MN Show Due To “Medical Emergency” Involving Guitarist Jason Hook

Five Finger Death Punch were forced to postpone tonight’s (December 12) show in Duluth, MN “due to a medical emergency” involving guitarist Jason Hook. The band tweeted the following:

Five Finger Death Punch’s Jason Hook Recently Appeared On “My Cat From Hell”

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook and his girlfriend Stefanie recently appeared on an episode of “My Cat From Hell” to deal with their troubled cats. You can find a preview of that below, and watch the full episode HERE.