Ivan Moody made headlines recently when he announced he would retire from metal following one more album with Five Finger Death Punch. Apparently, he spoke too soon.
Moody has addressed his comments in a new video below saying (as transcribed by Loudwire), “I really sat back the last few days and took it all in. And I first off want to apologize. I do. I apologize. I apologize because music’s all I’ve got, and I don’t think, for one, my kids would respect me in the long run if I quit doing what got me here. I don’t think my friends would talk to me. Obviously, they didn’t text me, not the ones I was hoping for.
Moody added, “My bandmates deserve better. Zoltan [Bathory] deserves my heart and has earned my respect time and time again. He may as well be my blood. You deserve the best, there is no question about that.”
The FFDP singer continued, “I can’t quit. I can’t. I’m not. To be quite honest with you, I think I’d die. Maybe not physically die, my but soul would fucking definitely fade, and I didn’t come here for that…Music and heavy metal are all I’ve ever had, all I’ve ever known. I was designed by it.”
He concluded saying, “I ain’t going anywhere. I’m not… Maybe I was a little bit impulsive… I hope you all will forgive me.”
Moody’s comments came from an October 14 FFDP show in Denver. He was on stage with his children when he surprised the crowd with his talk about retirement.
“I wanted to tell you this. And nobody else in the world knows, Denver, so this is where it’s going to start. And what you do with it is up to you,” he told the audience. “The last fifteen years of my, life I have toured the world. I have seen every country, every city on this planet at least twice. That’s a fact. And through that time, as many of you parents know, I have missed a lot of time with my kiddos. So I made them a deal today, and I’m going to stick to it. After this year, I am going to make one more Five Finger Death Punch album and then I am retiring from heavy metal.”
He continued, “But I wanted to start that here and tell all of you, from day one when I decided to be a singer playing places like … the Bluebird Theater, the Ogden, and we were supposed to play Red Rocks, we’ll have to do that one more time. Can I play Red Rocks one more time? I owe you everything, Colorado, Five Finger Death Punch and every knucklehead on this planet, thank you.”