Video: Watch Five Finger Death Punch Completely Melt Down on Stage in Memphis
Twitter user @HGlaspell just tipped us off to the incident, including a video clip of a good chunk of it. Since then we’ve been able to track down a few other fan-filmed cell phone clips, in addition to this recount of what went down from TheNewFury.com [via Lambgoat]:
Ivan held up Jeremy’s book and asked the fans if they had this FFDP book. Then, still mic’d seemingly unknowingly, said “That I had nothing to do with”, directed at Jeremy. Jeremy then threw his sticks and walked off stage, and the band shortly followed. Ivan talked for a minute, threw his mic, and marched off. A few minutes later, Ivan came back, rambled and talked to the fans, and attempted to play around on Jeremy’s drumkit, trying to lead a song rather weakly. Jeremy and the rest of the band came back and played a song while sounding completely out of step with each other, while Ivan stayed really close to Jeremy, seeming to talk shit to him. Everyone left again, Ivan threw the mic again. This routine repeated a couple more times until they just ran out of stage time and walked off stage, not to return. As a whole, looked like Ivan was being a dick.
Sadly it appears that the incident was just a temporary tiff between bros, as is wont to happen in bands from time to time, and it’s since been resolved. MetalSucks just placed a call to tonight’s venue, the Bayou Music Center, and a representative confirmed that the show is still taking place. Additionally, the band issued a statement via Facebook saying that they’re not breaking up, blaming the on-stage meltdown on “technical problems,” and announcing that some of the band’s crew has been dismissed as a result:
A message from Ivan:
There were a lot of technical problems last night that were seemingly unsolvable. We had to make a decision whether to hit the stage crippled, without being able to hear ourselves; or, delay the start of the show – possibly for hours.
We decided to proceed, but not being able to hear if I was in key, and just guessing where we were in the song frustrated me to the point that I lost my cool.
I’m not saying I handled it appropriately. Matter of fact I’ve never been so embarrassed before. I apologize for taking out my anger on stage. You guys know me and you know how I pride myself on my live performances. I’d never want this to boil over in to something that epically wrong ever again.
To some of our crew, good luck in your future endeavors we wish you the best – we also welcome our new monitor engineer Paul Weber.
To our fans in Memphis – we’ll make it up to you I promise, Houston we we will see you tonight. The rest of the world – yes we are coming.
And to the haters… wipe that smirk off your face …We are not going anywhere … This “ain’t my last dance!”
We GOT YOUR SIX
We smell a fish. We’re not saying there weren’t technical difficulties also — who knows? — but there’s surely something else at play here that Moody isn’t sharing.
More info as we get it.
Check out the footage below and see for yourself: