Five Finger Death Punch: We're not going to be defeated
Five Finger Death Punch looked in dire straits this year, as a lawsuit stalled their album release and Ivan went back to rehab. But you can’t keep a good band down...
Five Finger Death Punch started the year embroiled in legal proceedings with record label Prospect Park, meaning they couldn’t release a new album. And then in June, on their European tour, Ivan Moody had another onstage outburst and had to go back to rehab. But the band aren’t known for giving up without a fight, and recruited Bad Wolves frontman Tommy Vext to fill in on vocals. Ivan worked his way back to health and made a triumphant return on the band’s US run in August, and their lawsuit was settled soon after.
Now they’re set to release a greatest hits album in December, featuring two brand new songs, followed by another record next year. We caught up with Zoltan and Ivan to find out how they faced down their most difficult year yet.
It’s been a tough 2017 for you, Ivan. How are you doing today?
Ivan: “I’m absolutely fantastic. I’m happy to be alive. It’s been a long road and it’s still a battle. I’ve always been up for challenges, and I’m not going to be defeated by something like this.”
It’s no secret that you’ve been to rehab. What was a typical day like on the latest stay?
Ivan: “The rehab centre I went to was absolutely beautiful. It was out in Arizona and it was within a giant mountain range, so it was out in nature, which... well, everybody knows I grew up in Colorado, so that’s a big deal for me; it’s my comfort zone. I didn’t want a hospital setting. So a typical day would be eat food, go to meetings, take pills, eat food, go to another meeting… they tried to put me on a regimen and get me back to where I was ‘human’ again. Because the rock star lifestyle really does take a toll on you. You’re constantly on the move, you’re never really at home, you don’t see your family or friends a lot.”