Five Finger Death Punch returns to the scene of the “crime” tonight (June 19) to make good to fans in Tilburg, the Netherlands with a free show.
That’s to make up for the ramshackle show there a week ago that lasted just 40 minutes and featured plenty of rancor between the band members, including frontman Ivan Moody telling the crowd it was his final concert with the band.
Moody subsequently revealed he’s fallen off the sobriety wagon and was leaving FFDP’s European tour to be replaced by Tommy Vext, who actually sang the first song at the June 12 show in Tilburg.
In a statement guitarist Zoltan Bathory says that, “Last Monday’s how was an avalanche of events largely out of our control. We could sit here all day and apologize, but our fans in the Netherlands deserve better than that. They’ve stuck with us all these years and helped us get to where we are today. So, we managed to re-route our tour and come back to Tilburg and play a free show on our day off — because actions speak louder than words.”
Those who had tickets to the original show are being given priority for tonight’s concert. FFDP is in Europe through June 24; It’s not yet known if Moody will return for the group’s series of U.S. festival shows from August through October or its European tour with In Flames that starts in November.
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.