Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody Exits European Tour, Tommy Vext to Fill In on Vocals
Five Finger Death Punch are once again undergoing a change mid-tour. Tommy Vext, who recently exited Westfield Massacre and is currently a member of Bad Wolves, will help the band finish out their European tour dates while Ivan Moody has once again taken leave from the band after admitting that he had "fallen off the wagon again."
Vext performed on the first two songs of FFDP's ill-fated show in Tilburg in the Netherlands before Moody took the stage. The band went on to play a somewhat uneven set that ended abruptly, with Moody at one point reportedly telling the audience that it was his last show with the band while making a throat-slash sign.
In one of several statements updating fans on the move, Moody revealed, "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.”
Guitarist Zoltan Bathory added, “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 stated, “It is a tremendous honor to share the stage with Five Finger Death Punch on these remaining dates. Today I am blessed with over eight 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."
The band's statement ended with the line, "Five Finger Death Punch thanks its fans for their continued support." The remaining dates of their European tour can be found here.
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