Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Louder Than Life canceled due to unsafe conditions

Louder Than Life has been canceled. Five Finger Death Punch it was scheduled to play on September 29th, 2018. You can read below the official statement from festival organizers.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Ivan Moody and Tommy Vext share touching video

As their huge North American tour comes to a close, Ivan Moody brought out members from Breaking Benjamin, Nothing More and Bad Wolves onstage for a brief awards ceremony to thank each of the bands for rocking North America with Five Finger Death Punch.

After handing them off to Benjamin Burnley of Breaking Benjamin and Jonny Hawkins of Nothing More, Moody had a few special words for Bad Wolves vocalist Tommy Vext. "Now, before I give this to Tommy, I want you guys to thank him for helping me out at a time that nobody else gave a f**k." 

Moody, who has struggled in the past with alcoholism, has remained sober after seeking professional help. Vext, who has also dealt with substance abuse, launched a non-profit to encourage others to seek help on a grander scale. It was announced that Vext will also be the recipient for the "2018 Rock To Recovery Service Award" thanks to his hard work helping addicts on the road to recovery.

Vext wrote on his Instagram, "Tonight was a touching end to the greatest tour I’ve ever been a part of. Kind of serendipitous we would end the tour in the city where A.A. began. So here’s to miracles and second lifetimes brother."

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Ivan Moody is seven months sober

Ivan Moody opened up about his struggles with alcohol addiction during a brand new interview with the WEBN radio station.

Saying that it's been "seven months" since he stopped drinking, Ivan Moody admitted that he was "back and forth for a while; I'd do three months, then relapse." He added: "Recovery, you have to be commited; it's an honest program, and I wasn't being honest with myself at the time. I'm very, very proud of the progress I've made."

Ivan Moody went on to credit several of his friends and musical peers with helping him get through some of his darker moments. "Judas Priest's Rob Halford is the person that I called a lot of the time when I was in recovery," he revealed. "I think he's been sober now for going on 40 years — maybe, I think, a little longer than that; I could be wrong. But Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta another one. Jamey's been sober now for 18 years; Korn's Jonathan Davis; so on and so forth. So these were all people that I looked to when I was struggling, and I was very, very lucky and blessed to have them on my team."

Ivan Moody said that there has been a significant improvement in his physical and mental health since he gave up the bottle. "I feel I took a nap for about four years and I woke up one day and I saw somebody else wearing my skin," he explained. "It was like Rip Van Winkle; it was really odd. I feel better than I felt in years, which is really… it's a plus."

Monday, September 3, 2018

Watch Five Finger Death Punch prank fans at Indiana show

Five Finger Death Punch played a joke on fans over the weekend at their show in Noblesville, Indiana.

The band kicked off the performance with Lift Me Up - but rather than frontman Ivan Moody delivering the vocals, it was Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext who appeared onstage – much to the surprise of the crowd.

Tommy Vext, who stood in for Ivan Moody for a run of live dates with 5FDP when Moody was in rehab in 2017, was soon joined by the band’s regular vocalist, with guitarist Zoltan Bathory posting a clip of the performance on Twitter.

He said: “So tonight when the curtain dropped, we had Tommy Vext standing onstage instead of Ivan. It was funny as hell – all the confused faces thinking in unison, ‘Oh no. Here we go again.’ Then Ivan ran out and sang the song with Tommy. #5FDPrank.”

Watch the video below.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Ivan Moody says he's tired of Corey Taylor comparisons

Ivan Moody recently gave an interesting interview to iHeartRadio's Bodhi, where he discussed  number of things including Twenty One Pilots and getting compared to Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor.

Regarding his relationship with Corey Taylor, Bodhi had said that he dressed up as him for Halloween last year. "Nobody ever wants to be me, everybody wants to be Corey. F-you, Corey," Moody said with a playful, lighthearted tone.

He continued, "Corey and me have a really fun nature of competitive, y'know, whatever. And I just think it's funny - I have kids that come up to me all the time saying, 'You and Corey. You and Corey this, Corey, Corey, Corey.' And I'm like, 'I get it! I get it!' It's like, 'Jesus, Corey, take a break. Gimmie some love man.'

It's obvious that Moody has a lighthearted approach to the comparisons, but at the same time, it is something that he does get tired of.

Loudwire points out that Moody says he saw Twenty One Pilots perform live "a couple weeks" ago. Twenty One Pilots, however, have yet to play a show in 2018.

You can watch the interview in full below. The Corey Taylor talk begins at around 13:14, and he discusses attending a Twenty One Pilots show that likely didn't happen at 3:19.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Zoltan Bathory explains decision to cover 'Blue On Black'

During a recent appearance on "Whiplash", the KLOS radio show hosted by Full Metal Jackie, Zoltan Bathory spoke about the group's decision to cover "Blue On Black", a blues rock song originally recorded by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band in 1998, on 5FDP's latest album, "And Justice For None".

Asked how Five Finger Death Punch goes about choosing which songs to cover, Zoltan said: "First and foremost, it has to be fun. Everything you cover has to be something that is fun to redo, fun to interpret in your own style, your own voice. And that, actually, is not that easy, because everybody has to agree, so the whole band has to agree that we actually like that song.

"Ivan Moody is a very emotional kind of guy who re-lives all his lyrics when he's singing, so if he's lyrically not connected to a song, he's not gonna sing it — he just simply won't," Zoltan continued. "So it has to make sense to him. If all those criteria are there, then it's a go.

"In this particular case, actually, the [other] guys [in the band] wanted to do this song," Bathory said. "I was the one who was, like, 'Ahhh… I don't hear this song. It has a blues-ish, southern vibe to it, and I can't really imagine that Death Punch could remake this song.' And then we did it — we made the song in the studio, we recorded it — and when Ivan was recording the vocals, it started to really come together when I was, like, 'Wow!' And in retrospect, I'm glad we did it, because it completely fits the record — it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb. We made it our own, and I think it sounds amazing.

"As I said, I just didn't see this one — I just didn't see that this would work — and it came out great, in my opinion," he added. "And it's another flavor that we've never really done before. So I think it actually adds to the album another dimension, another kind of flavor that we wouldn't have otherwise."

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