We knew there was something going on with Five Finger Death Punch and our dear friend Ivan Moody, and now we have an answer. The band has officially announced that they will continue their European leg of the current tour without Ivan Moody.
Read Ivan's and Zoltan's statements below.
Ivan Moody's statement: "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."
Zoltan Bathory, said: "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."
Blabbermouth is reporting that the band will carry on with Tommy Vext who is the frontman for the up-and-coming metal band Bad Wolves. He was the singer that joined Five Finger Death Punch on stage in Tilburg. You can see that full performance below.
There hasn't been any word on how this will affect the Five Finger Death Punch appearance at the High Elevation Rock Festival but we'll keep you posted on the details when we have them.
In the meantime we wish Ivan the best and hope he gets all of the help he needs, as well as a good tour for our friends in Five Finger Death Punch.