Five Finger Death Punch Cancel Remainder of European Tour
We reported last month that vocalist Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch has a hernia, and that’s why they were mysteriously missing tour dates. Now, not surprisingly, they’ve canceled the rest of their European tour.
We say not surprisingly because, in addition to missing the beginning of the tour as well, Moody issued a statement saying that just sitting upright was “excruciating,” to say nothing of doing metal vocals:
“[The doctor] sat me down and he told me that he was surprised I was still walking. He informed me that I had three hernias and offered to do them right then and there. It was quick.
“I thought it would been easy. However, having all three done at the same time was a shock to my system, to say the least, using of course my diaphragm and my stomach to sing, and you can hear it in my voice; I can’t really talk that heavy right now. To be honest, it feels excruciating sitting upright.
“Anyway, he explained to me that the best thing to do would be to get it done now instead of prolonging it, having it rip and get worse, so that’s what I did. Again, my body didn’t take it as well as I thought it would, so here I am, not working.”
The following dates have now officially been cancelled by the band:
6/14 – Bucharest, Romania @ Metalhead Festival
6/18 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Ullevi Stadium
6/23 – Aarburg, Switzerland @ Summerside Festival
In a new statement, the band say:
“It is with deep regret that we announce the cancellation of the last three shows on our European run this summer in Romania, Sweden, and Switzerland. [info on Bucharest will be available as soon as we receive it.]
“Ivan was recently seen by his medical team, and they have now advised him to rest and refrain from travel until the beginning of July. This is to ensure he makes a full recovery and can be ready to start the North American leg of this tour on July 21 in York, PA without further interruption.
“We would like to thank Metallica for their unwavering support of the band and of Ivan during this tough time. We would also like to thank Floor Jansen and Epica for stepping in at such short notice to fill our spot.
“Most importantly, though, we thank the fans for your understanding and patience. It is heartbreaking we were not able to play these shows, but we will most certainly return next year and we have a few other things planned too.”
While this is a major bummer, given the earlier news about Five Finger Death Punch, it is certainly not surprising.