Saturday, April 8, 2017
Phil Labonte: "I received nothing but love from Five Finger Death Punch fans"
All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte says that he was surprised by the overwhelmingly positive reaction he got from Five Finger Death Punch fans when he filled in at several shows last December.
Speaking to Revolver Magazine, Labonte explained how he came to be asked to sing for Five Finger Death Punch as a temporary replacement for his longtime friend. He said: "Around the holidays, I usually kind of chill out. But right after Thanksgiving, I got a phone call, saying, 'Hey, can you get on an airplane?' So I got the opportunity to help those guys out. We've known the guys in Five Finger Death Punch since before they were even a band — I've known Ivan since he was in Motograter — so the fact that I could jump in and help out my friends, it was really cool. It was a lot of fun — a really good experience".
Labonte went on to say that he was "a little surprised at how well the fans responded" to his addition to Five Finger Death Punch's touring lineup. He explained: "Especially with a band like Five Finger Death Punch, with a frontman like Ivan, I kind of expected some people to be, like, 'If it's not Ivan, I don't wanna hear about it,' and I didn't get that at all. It was nothing but love and message of support and messages from people saying, 'Thanks' and 'Good job,' pat-on-the-back stuff, which is always really, really nice to hear that you're doing a good job for your friends. So it was a great experience".