Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory: Onstage Meltdown ‘Had to Happen’
Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory recently spoke about the band's onstage meltdown in Memphis, Tenn., giving a more insightful look at the incident. During an interview on SiriusXM Fight Club, Bathory described witnessing the onstage "car crash," singer Ivan Moody's penchant for alcohol and how Bathory thinks the blowout "had to happen."
Some fans at the 2015 Beale Street Music Festival thought they had witnessed the onstage breakup of Five Finger Death Punch after Ivan Moody and drummer Jeremy Spencer got into a heated argument. Spencer threw down his drumsticks and left the stage, marking just the first piece of disarray that plagued the FFDP gig.
"Ivan, our lead singer, he's a party animal, or used to be a party animal," said Bathory. "Right now, he's much better than he used to be. He used to have problems with alcohol, because it's just so easy. Every town we go to, every concert, every party we go to, people [are like], 'Hey, let's come and party.' They don't realize that this happened yesterday, and the day before that, and four years before that every day. So sooner or later, that will catch up to you. And Ivan was pretty much down on that slope at the time, and I saw that happening. Add a little alcohol, add a little bit of technical difficulties -- which happens all the time, in festival settings especially -- and things were going sideways."
Bathory continues, "I could have stepped in to say, 'Guys, stop the crazy stuff.' But I kind of just wanted to see the slow-motion car crash myself. I just stood on the side of the stage and [was] like, 'Okay, let's see where this is going.' And I think it had to happen. I think he had to sort of wake up, sort of hit the wall. And it wasn't lethal; it wasn't something like… If he was jumping in a car, trying to drive, I would have stopped him. But this wasn't something that was gonna hurt him. It was something that I felt… It had to happen in order to avoid a bigger catastrophe later. So this whole thing unfolded, and then finally he pissed off everybody in the band and everybody walked off stage and he was up there alone. I think, at that moment, he realized this is a band. Without your band, without your unit, without your team, you're nothing. Nobody's bigger than the band. The band is bigger than any of us separately. That's what makes a good band. And the sum of all of us is something more than we are individually." [via Blabbermouth]
Five Finger Death Punch are currently riding high off the release of Got Your Six, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.
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