5FDP’s Moody: I was humiliated by onstage meltdown

Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody has taken responsibility for the onstage meltdown that left fans believing the band were about to split.

A private argument between him and Jeremy Spencer became public in Tennessee last month when the drummer walked off, followed by his colleagues, leaving Moody alone and trying to keep the show going himself.

He soon explained that the altercation had been a result of technical issues, but guitarist Jason Hook later blamed it on the singer’s drinking – although Spencer was more forgiving.

Now Moody tells Metal Hammer’s Joe Daly: “Jeremy and I were talking backstage and we were both being human. It just sucked that I had my microphone in my hand. The saying is that you should wash your clothes at home.

“Unfortunately there were 20,000 people watching while he and I had an argument. I really fucked up and I was so embarrassed. The fans didn’t have to see that.”

He adds: “I’ll be honest, it hurt. I love the guy. He’s one of my best friends and yeah, we fucked up. It’s humiliating.”

Spencer recalls: “Our wireless packs were having all kinds of interference and we started getting a little frustrated with that. Then Ivan lost his cool completely and just started taking it out on everyone, including me.

“He and I got into a little scrap and it just wasn’t cool. We got through it –but it was pretty ugly and it was unprofessional.”

The drummer continues: “We’ve been together 10 years now, so it’s like a marriage – some days are better than others, but we love and respect each other.

“It was one night that wasn’t great, and hopefully we can make up for it. But life goes on, man, and we’re still a band.”

The full interview appears in the latest edition of Metal Hammer, on sale now in print, digital and via TeamRock+. 5FDP will release next album Got Your Six on August 28 and tour Europe with Papa Roach in November, after a run of earlier shows in Europe and the US.


Jun 25: Ostrava CEZ Arena, Czech Republic

Jun 26: Prague O2 Arena, Czech Republic

Jun 27: Lodz Atlas Arena, Poland

Jun 30: Moscow Ray Just Arena, Russia

Jul 01: Saint Petersburg A2 Club, Russia

Aug 01: Sturgis Bufalo Chip, SD

Sep 04: Lexington Rupp Arena, KY

Sep 05: Cincinnati US Bank Arena, OH

Sep 06: Mount Pleasant Soaring Eagle Casino, MI

Sep 08: Mankato Verizon Wireless Center, MN

Sep 11: Missoula Adams Center, MT

Sep 12: Everett Xfinity Arena, WA

Sep 13: Spokane Arena, WA

Sep 15: Eugene Matthew Knight Arena, OR

Sep 16: Reno Lawlor Events Center, NV

Sep 18: Ontario Citizens Business Bank Centre, CA

Sep 19: Las Vegas The Joint AT Hard Rock Hotel, NV

Sep 20: West Valley City Maverick Centre, UT

Sep 22: Colorado Springs Broadmoor Worls Arena, CO

Sep 24: Independence Events Centre, MO

Sep 25: La Cross Center Arena, WI

Sep 26: Janesville JJO Sonic Boom, WI

Sep 27: Council Bluffs Mid America Centre, IA

Sep 29: Saint Charles The Family Arena, MO

Sep 30: Indianapolis Indiana State Fairground, IN

Oct 02: Cedar Rapids US Cellular Center, IA

Oct 03: Toledo Huntington Center, OH

Oct 04: Cleveland Jacobs Pavilion At Nautica, OH

Oct 06: Lowell Paul E Tsongas Arena, MA

Oct 08: Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena, CT

Oct 09: Glens Falls Civic Center, NY

Oct 10: Chester Rock Allegiance, PA

Nov 02: Helsinki Ice Hall Black Box, Finland

Nov 04: Stockholm Hovet, Sweden


Nov 05: Oslo Sentrum, Norway

Nov 06: Copenhagen Tap1, Denmark

Nov 08: Hannover Swiss Life Hall, Germany

Nov 09: Leipzig Arena, Germany

Nov 11: Stuttgart Porsche Arena, Germany

Nov 13: Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle, Germany

Nov 17: Amsterdam Zenith, Netherlands

Nov 21: Vienna Gasometer, Austria

Nov 25: Dusseldorf MEH, Hermany

Nov 26: Brussels Forest National Club, Belgium

Nov 28: London Wembley Arena, UK

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