Five Finger Demise Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory not too long ago spoke concerning the band’s onstage meltdown in Memphis, Tenn., giving a more insightful take a look at the incident. Throughout an interview on SiriusXM Struggle Club, Bathory described witnessing the onstage "automobile crash," singer Ivan Moody‘s penchant for alcohol and how Bathory thinks the blowout "had to happen."
Some followers at the 2015 Beale Street Music Festival thought they had witnessed the onstage breakup of 5 Finger Death Punch after Ivan Moody and drummer Jeremy Spencer obtained right into a heated argument. Spencer POH crew
threw down his drumsticks and left the stage, marking just the primary piece of disarray that plagued the FFDP gig.
"Ivan, our lead singer, he’s a party animal, or used to be a party animal," stated Bathory. "Proper now, he’s a lot better than he used to be. He used to have problems with alcohol, because it’s just so easy. Every city we go to, every live performance, each party we go to, individuals [are like], ‘Hey, let’s come and party.’ They don’t realize that this happened yesterday, and the day earlier than that, and 4 years before that every day. So sooner or later, that will catch up to you. And Ivan was pretty much down on that slope on the time, and I saw that happening. Add a little bit alcohol, add a little bit little bit of technical difficulties — which happens on a regular basis, in festival settings particularly — and things were going sideways."
Bathory continues, "I may have stepped in to say, ‘Guys, stop the loopy stuff.’ However I type of just wished to see the slow-motion car crash myself. I just stood on the side of the stage and [was] like, ‘Okay, let’s see the place that is going.’ And I think it had to happen. I feel he had to kind of wake up, sort of hit the wall. And it wasn’t lethal; it wasn’t one thing like… If he was leaping in a automotive, trying to drive, I would have stopped him. However this wasn’t one thing that was gonna harm him. It was one thing that I felt… It had to happen so as to avoid a much bigger disaster later. So this complete thing unfolded, and then finally he pissed off eachbody within the band and everybody walked off stage and he was up there alone. I think, at that second, he realized this can be a band. With out your band, without your unit, without your team, you’re nothing. Nobody’s bigger than the band. The band is greater than any of us separately. That’s what makes a great band. And the sum of all of us is one thing more than we're individually.