Five Finger Death Punch moved quickly to exert a bit of damage control after frontman Ivan Moody‘s outburst about playing his “last show” with the band on Monday (June 12) in Tilburg, the Netherlands.
The group issued a statement on Tuesday (June 13) saying that, “Those who have followed Five Finger Death Punch from the beginning can tell you there has always been an element of danger and unpredictability in our music and in our shows. That’s rock ‘n’ roll. When you do over 150 shows in a year, you will inevitably have a few derailments, but the train always keeps on moving. Last night in Tilburg was one of those instances, but as they say, you aren’t a race car driver if you don’t wreck a car or two. We can’t wait to put on amazing shows tomorrow night (Wednesday, June 14) at Nova Rock (in Austria)…See you all on the race track…bring a helmet…”
Moody was absent during the first couple of songs in Tilburg, his place taken by friend Tommy Vext. Guitarist Zoltan Bathory also tweeted that Monday’s incident — part of a flawed 40-minute show during which the other band members were reportedly at odds with each other — confirming that it was “Not a publicity stunt” and blamed it as “Murphy’s Law on full throttle or more like Spinal Tap on 11.”
The group confirmed it continues to plan touring, despite Moody’s declaration; It has more European shows and U.S. fall festivals on its itinerary and has just announced A European trek with In Flames for November and December.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.