This month started off with controversy for Five Finger Death Punch, as the band’s performance at the Beale Street Music Festival resulted in four songs, multiple members walking offstage in the middle of the show, a lot of disappointed fans, and a denial from the band that they were breaking up. The following day, singer Ivan Moody blamed the set on “technical problems,” stating that they’d fired crew members. But according to an interview that guitarist Jason Hook gave to the KISS talk show “Three Sides of the Coin”, (video below) that technical problem was that Moody was drunk, completely contradicting his earlier statement:
Well, I don’t know how much I’m supposed to talk about that, but the ‘net net’ is every once in a while… Actually, this is the first time it’s ever happened. But, you know, we have little schisms amongst each other, as all bands do, having to do with lifestyle choices. And one thing that we always agreed upon was that no matter what’s going on with us personally, we never bring it up on stage, because that’s not the place for it; that’s sacred territory. Those are the people that booked a babysitter, took the day off work, drove two hours, bought a hotel [room] and a ticket, and you don’t fuck with that no matter what’s going on. You can make it through an hour and twenty minutes with your problems waiting for you backstage. And what happened, in my estimation, was that, for whatever reason, Ivan decided to get shitfaced drunk — I’m probably not supposed to be talking about this — but he started to lose his temper onstage towards, basically, the rest of us, being the band. And, you know, there’s only so much of that we can handle. And he was upset with Jeremy [Spencer], the drummer, for something… Jeremy released a book, or I don’t know what the problem was… But, anyway, Jeremy decided that he had enough and he got up and left. Well, it’s hard to play a concert without the drummer. So, anyway, that’s the first time that’s ever happened, and that will be the last time that ever happens, because we’ve talked about it quite a bit, and that’s just unacceptable, and I think everyone understands that it’s never to happen again. But that’s, you know… That’s real, that’s being in a band, and that’s what happens. So there you go. Sorry, Memphis, we owe you a concert.”
On the bright side, Memphis will be getting a makeup show. However, if there are schisms within the band, talking about your singer getting drunk and directly contradicting his statement probably won’t heal them. If anyone should be talking about it, it should probably be Moody. And now that this is out there, Moody should probably do an interview where he apologizes and admits he’s been drinking. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see how the band interacts with each other as they begin promotion for their sixth album, Got Your Six. The album will be released on August 28th.