Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook was joined onstage during the band’s December 3rd concert in Huntington West Virginia by Austin Dickinson, frontman for opening act As Lions who is also the son of legendary Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson. The younger Dickinson and Hook performed a medley of the Five Finger Death Punch songs “Wrong Side Of Heaven” and “Remember Everything,” with video footage of the performance posted online.
Dickinson was filling in for regular Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody, who left the tour for undisclosed health reasons and is said to be currently receiving treatment. The rest of the group’s set in Huntington featured lead vocals by All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte, who stepped in for Moody for the last stretch of the tour.
- Five Finger Death Punch has three shows to go on its current U.S. co-headlining arena tour with Shinedown. Also appearing on the trek are Sixx:A.M. and As Lions. The jaunt wraps up on December 10th in Duluth, Georgia.
- Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory explained the band’s decision to finish out the trek without Moody, saying, “Ivan is our brother and we fully and wholeheartedly support him taking care of himself so he can get well as soon as possible. We discussed possibly canceling the remaining shows but the responses from the other bands on the tour were so overwhelmingly supportive that we decided to move forward and deliver the great night to the fans that they expect.”
- Bathory told us a while back that life on tour can be challenging for anyone: [“When you’re out on the road for, like, couple of months on a cycle, then everything sort of disappears. You’re in this routine, you are in this machinery now that it’s really, really interesting how real life and time, time especially, like, dislocates.”]
- Five Finger Death Punch was forced to cut a show in Worcester, Massachusetts on November 28th short because Moody was unable to perform.
- Although it was reported that Moody was overcome with grief over the illness and possible death of someone close to him, a number of audience members reported that he appeared to be intoxicated and disoriented.
- Moody previously had an onstage meltdown during a May 2015 show in Memphis. The incident was blamed on his abuse of alcohol and drugs. He entered rehab after that. The singer was also hospitalized earlier this year for an undisclosed reason, leading to the cancellation of an Australian tour.