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Ivan Moody Exiting FFDP Tour

After releasing a statement to provide some damage control following their chaotic show in the Netherlands, Ivan Moody will be exiting Five Finger Death Punch’s current European tour to tend to his known struggles with substance abuse, with Bad Wolves vocalist Tommy Vext subbing in.

In a statement on the band’s website, Moody said:

“I am embarrassed and ashamed to admit that I have fallen off the wagon again.  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.  It would not be fair to my bandmates or my fans to continue to perform in my current condition.  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.”

Guitarist Zoltan Bathory also released a statement about the situation:

“As a band, we are committed to supporting Ivan's road to recovery.  We are as baffled and saddened as anyone to watch our brother continue to struggle.  Almost everyone in the world knows someone who struggles with addiction, and can relate to how the self-destruction of someone they care about is very difficult to watch.  Five Finger Death Punch has every intention of playing the dates we’re committed to and beyond.  The band is bigger than any one member.”

Our well wishes and support go out to Moody as he receives treatment for his substance abuse issues.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of dusty vinyl in the morning.