Five Finger Death Punch has been forced to cancel its Australian tour as openers for Black Sabbath after singer Ivan Moody was hospitalized last week in Denver. A statement issued by the promoter read, “Last Thursday, Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody was hospitalized in his hometown of Denver. He is expected to make a full recovery but it is with deep regret that Five Finger Death Punch will be forced to cancel their appearances in Australia, both with Black Sabbath and as headliners in Sydney and in Melbourne.”
- The statement added, “Ivan and Five Finger Death Punch express their sincere apologies to both their fans and to the fans of Black Sabbath.”
- Five Finger Death Punch was also supposed to headline two shows on its own in Sydney and Melbourne as part of next month’s trip.
- Five Finger Death Punch itself has not issued any comment on Moody’s condition, or even acknowledging that he was hospitalized, and the reason for his hospitalization remained unknown at press time. It is also not known whether he is still in the hospital.
- Five Finger Death Punch is next scheduled to team up with Shinedown for a series of co-headlining shows this May.
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INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth and Loudwire — agree or not?
Mark Domzal wrote: “Please FFDP, call off your summer and U.S. festival dates as well.”
Ros Northover wrote: “I am gutted! I saw FFDP at Soundwave. I LOVE them. I only wanted to see them, so I’ll have to get a refund.”
Corey William wrote: “Anybody who gets a refund on a Black Sabbath concert because Five Finger Death Punch isn’t opening deserves cancer in their genitals.”
Toby McDonald wrote: “Can’t imagine anyone is going to be bummed about that except for the guys in this band and their crew.”