Women in Music 2019

Five Finger Death Punch to Keep Touring Despite Singer's Onstage Threat to Quit the Band: 'That's Rock 'n' Roll'

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Ivan Moody of American heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch performing live on Day 1 of Download Festival at Donington Park on June 9, 2017 in Castle Donington, UK.  

With a name like Five Finger Death Punch, it's expected that the heavy metal band's shows come with a bit of turbulence. But this still didn't prepare fans for a recent concert in Tilburg, Netherlands, which ended abruptly after vocalist Ivan Moody appeared to quit the band mid-show.

As of Tuesday morning (June 13), though, it appears that whatever conflict existed has been resolved. The band cleared up the confusion with a statement to their fans, announcing a late 2017 global tour with Swedish metal band In Flames to boot.

“Those who have followed 5FDP from the beginning can tell you there has always been an element of danger and unpredictability in our music and in our shows," the statement reads. "That’s rock ‘n’ roll. When you do over 150 shows in a year, you will inevitably have a few derailments, but the train always keeps on moving. Last night in Tilburg was one of those instances, but as they say, you aren’t a race car driver if you don’t wreck a car or two.
"We can’t wait to put on amazing shows tomorrow night at Nova Rock all the way to our just announced winter tour all over Europe.  See you all on the race track...bring a helmet...”

It's not the first time Moody has threatened to quit the band -- in fact, the rocker announced that he was out back in April, a statement he's since recanted. This time around, the drama began during the group's performance in Tilburg on Monday night (June 12).

“I’ll let you know ahead of time, this is my last show with Five Finger Death Punch,” Moody said to the audience, making a throat-slit motion with his hands.

Now that the matter appears to be settled, fans can expect the group's European arena tour with In Flames to kick off Nov. 16 in Gothenburg, Sweden, wrapping up in London on Dec. 21.


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