Thursday, June 7, 2018

Ivan Moody on being replaced by Tommy Vext in Five Finger Death Punch during rehab

Ivan Moody and Zoltan Bathory recently talked to Kerrang, you can read some excerpts below.

About being replaced by Bad Wolves' frontman Tommy Vext during his rehab, Ivan Moody said: “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a kick in the teeth. It was a mix of tough love and necessary evil, and it really hurt at first. But it also made me step back and understand it wasn’t just me goin’ down. I was taking my guys with me. They didn’t deserve that. At the end of the day I had to wake the fuck up.”   

“I’m so proud of this project getting through the rough to put out this record,” grins Ivan. “We could’ve collapsed at any minute. It’s been so special to be able to be up there, looking each other in the eye again. We’re on tour right now with Bad Wolves, too. Tommy and I had to have a conversation where I made a serious point in telling him I am the singer in FFDP. There is no other frontman. He totally got it.” 

“I would be 99 percent sure that now there isn’t that possibility that this thing is just going to run into the fucking wall,” Zoltan chuckles a sigh of relief with eye-rolling fatherliness. “That could have definitely happened five years ago. Since Ivan has gotten sober, it feels like the distance between us has decreased. The brotherhood has grown stronger.”

“We joke about it all the time – how Ivan is Captain Kirk and I’m Spock. Ivan is a massively emotional person. He reacts to things. He’s like the hand grenade with the loose pin. I’m the opposite: logical, pragmatic, methodical. He makes these crazy suggestions and I calculate what can actually work. We’re so Yin and Yang. That friction is why this works.”


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