Ivan Moody leaves Five Finger Death Punch’s European tour

Santiago Bluguermann/LatinContent/Getty ImagesA day after dismissing a turbulent show in Tilburg, The Netherlands as simply “rock ‘n’ roll,” Five Finger Death Punch has announced that they will finish their current European tour without frontman Ivan Moody.

“I am embarrassed and ashamed to admit that I have fallen off the wagon again,” Moody writes in a statement. “I was on shaky ground prior to our performance in Tilburg, and although a lot of the events of that show were out of my control, the shame of not delivering pushed me over the edge.”

During the Tilburg show, Moody declared, “This is my last show with Five Finger Death Punch.”

“It would not be fair to my band mates or my fans to continue to perform in my current condition,” Moody continues. “One of the worst parts of addiction is the loneliness you feel, so having the support of my band and all the knuckleheads is what drives me. I am committed to getting better so I can get back out on stage as soon as possible.”

“As a band, we are committed to supporting Ivan’s road to recovery,” guitarist Zoltan Boathory adds. “We are as baffled and saddened as anyone to watch our brother continue to struggle.”

FFDP will continue their tour with Bad Wolves vocalist Tommy Vext in place of Moody.

“Today I am blessed with over 8 years of sobriety, so I can certainly empathize with Ivan’s struggles,” says Vext. “Not only do I feel a responsibility to deliver for the fans of Five Finger Death Punch on these remaining dates, but also to deliver for Ivan so he can get back to work as soon as he is healthy.”

Five Finger Death Punch is scheduled to return to the U.S. in August for a series of festival and headlining dates.

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