It’s a simple formula, perfected by Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch. Get drunk, meltdown on stage, lie to your fans, and infuriate your bandmates. Any questions?
Popular heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch cut their concert short on Friday night after frontman Ivan Moody apparently dealt with the illness and subsequent loss of a family member. He told the crowd that his mother was passing on.
The group only played a total of eight songs before leaving off-stage.
After the walk-off, fans booed and yelled obscenities. Bassist Chris Kael crawled back and told the disappointed crowd,
“As you can see, tonight is a very emotional night. We came out here… We tried to put on a show for you guys, but sometimes things are heavier than even we can imagine. So on behalf of Five Finger Death Punch, all of us, we appreciate you guys coming out. We need to get back there and be with our frontman, we’ve gotta get back there with our brother. Take care of the family, all right? We love you, Worcester. We…love you.”
In a YouTube video uploaded by a concertgoer, Ivan Moody said,
“I won’t lie to you guys, I had a really long day. I know, I know…My mother, my mother was that she’s passing along today. And I chose to be here instead of with her, so thank you so much for coming… Everybody always blames me for being the frontman of this [expletive] band. And I’m so angry, and TMZ’s all over my [expletive], which doesn’t exist. I won’t lie to you guys. I’m going to be completely honest with you. And I will replace every single ticket in this house. But if I have to fly-out, thank you. I know the one thing my mother always loved. She liked to wash it all away.”
Here’s where this gets even more complicated.
Blabbermouth originally reported that the family member was another person who was not his birth mother.
However, Rock Feed spoke to the frontman’s sister,
“Our mother is alive and well. I believe in my personal opinion that Ivan was drunk and used that as an excuse for his horrid behavior. No one in our family is sick or dying currently.”
At a show in Newark, New Jersey the following night, Ivan Moody spoke about his claims. He went off on another rant.
“I was asked not to say anything about my past. I’ve never done what anybody told me to. night I had a mental moment. It had nothing to do with alcohol, drugs, or any of it. True. Just melted down.
“The last thing I wanna do was embarrass my band, or my family, or any of you. I always make fun of Kanye West… just let me finish… I found out today he’s still in the mental institution. Don’t be rude, straight up. I never got it before. I’m starting to get it now. If it wasn’t for you beautiful [expletive], I don’t think I’d be on this stage.”
Fans at Friday’s show claim Moody was “clearly drunk.”
Rock Feed also reported that Moody had to be walked off-stage. However, this isn’t the first time the singer has suffered a meltdown on stage. Last year, members of Five Finger Death Punch walked off stage, leaving a drunken Moody alone on stage. The group came back on to perform a forced set before finally walking off.