Ivan Moody Announces He’s Quitting Five Finger Death Punch Mid-Concert
Five Finger Death Punch performed their final show with vocalist Ivan Moody earlier tonight, Monday, June 12, in Tilburg, NET.
If the news that Moody has split from the band induces a sense of déjà vu, that’s probably because he appeared to quit the band this past April, stating in an interview that “Death Punch and I have kind of come to a crossroads… It’s time for us to take our way and go do something else.” Just hours later, Moody announced that he wasn’t leaving the band, and blamed the alleged misunderstanding on “a statement that was taken out of context by the media — a media always looking to create headlines that will make people click them.”
If Moody decides again that he’s not actually quitting the band, he’ll have only himself to blame for media coverage saying otherwise:
That seems pretty cut and dry and not at all taken out of context, no?
Unsurprisingly, this was apparently just one of many dramatic moments during the concert. According to BD.nl, Moody “appeared ten minutes [after the concert began] and was replaced for the first song by an unknown artist,” which The PRP reports was Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves, ex-Diving Heresy). The band also “played out of time [and] disappeared from the stage for several minutes after every song and seemed to quarrel among themselves.” The media outlet also cites an anonymous source who claims that there was, indeed, a big fight between Moody and his bandmates occurring backstage. The show lasted less than an hour, and outraged fans, some of whom waited on line longer than sixty minutes just to get into the show, are seeking refunds. Hopefully, they’ll have more luck with that than American fans did under similar circumstances this past December, when Moody had another onstage breakdown and was temporarily replaced by All That Remains’ Phil Labonte.
The band is scheduled to play the Nova Rock Fest in Nickelsdorf, Austria this coming Wednesday, June 14. Presumably, the band will make some kind of statement before then. In the meantime, if they need a new singer, we have some suggestions.