Here’s something that should come as a shocker to absolutely nobody who was in the crowd at Five Finger Death Punch’s Worcester, MA show last week or their show in NJ the following night, Ivan Moody is off the band’s tour for the final eight shows due to “falling ill”. Moody had a meltdown on stage in Worcester, resulting in the band ended the show after just 6 songs. The next night in NJ, he confessed to having a “mental meltdown” – we were in attendance to witness Moody’s painful-to-watch trainwreck continue at Prudential Center, and it appears he’s finally realized he needs help. Whether he figured that out on his own or somebody in the band or management made the decision for him, nobody knows, or does it really mater.
What’s relevant here is that Ivan Moody is out of Five Finger Death Punch for the remainder of the tour, and from what I saw in Jersey, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s replaced permanently following the conclusion of the tour. In the meantime, All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte is taking the reigns for the final 8 shows of Five Finger Death Punch’s tour with Shinedown, Sixx: A.M and As Lions, the UK newcomer fronted by Austin Dickinson. Here’s the statement from the band:
“With only 8 shows to go on their current US co-headlining arena tour with Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch announced today that they have decided to honor their commitment to the fans and finish out the current tour with All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte filling in for Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody who has fallen ill.
Says Zoltan Bathory, guitarist of Five Finger Death Punch: “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.”
Adds James Michael, vocalist for Sixx:A.M.: “All of our hearts are with Ivan right now hoping for a speedy recovery. Phil is an excellent frontman and vocalist who stepped forward in solidarity to Ivan without a moment of hesitation. Fans are in for some special treats and surprises. I’m really excited about the show tonight.”
Phil Labonte, the vocalist of All That Remains, a former Marine and close friend of Moody once before saved the day for Killswitch Engage in 2010 when their singer at the time, Howard Jones, left the band mid-tour. Says Phil Labonte: “I got their six and stepped up right away. I’m honored to be able to help Five Finger Death Punch to finish their tour and give Ivan a chance to take care of himself. I did the same for Killswitch Engage years ago. I was humbled to get the call and get a chance to play in front of such a great audience.”
In an unprecedented move of solidarity, artists from the four-band bill of the tour have vowed to finish the dates on a high note and stand behind Ivan in his endeavor to get well. Tonight’s Five Finger Death Punch show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia will feature guest performances by Phil Labonte of All That Remains, James Michael, vocalist of Sixx:A.M. and As Lions, the U.K. newcomers fronted by Austin Dickinson.”
The remaining dates of the tour are as follows:
Thu 12/1 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Fri 12/2 Hershey, PA Giant Center
Sat 12/3 Huntington, WV Big Sandy Superstore Arena
Mon 12/5 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Tue 12/6 Charleston, SC N. Charleston Civic Center
Thu 12/8 Orlando, FL Amway Arena
Fri 12/9 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
Sat 12/10 Duluth, GA Infinite Energy Center
Labonte can certainly handle the FFDP material, but that’s much less relevant than Moody finally getting help. Here’s hoping he gets himself healthy and can get back to making music.