Five Finger Death Punch Almost Fired Singer Over Alcoholism

07/17/2013
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Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody reveals in a new interview with Revolver Magazine that he came close to being fired by the band last year over his alcoholism, reports Team Rock Radio.

"When I sang, I was a totally functional alcoholic," Moody said. "I could do my job. But then half of the tour for 'American Capitalist', I couldn't even tell I had been onstage. I would literally wake up the next day and say, 'Where the hell are we? What did we do last night?' And someone would go, 'Well, we played a show in front of 20,000 people.' And I'd go, 'F**k, I wish I remembered.'"

Things soon became so bad that it that his bandmates were running out of patience and had even threatened to replace him with another singer, according to Blabbermouth.

"While I was drinking myself into oblivion, I lost all contact with my three kids and my family," Moody said, "God, I can't believe I'm telling you this. I got to a point where I wouldn't wake up in the day at all. I'd just sleep through it and then wake up and go to the bar and then go back to bed. I had just gotten divorced, so I was going through women like water and it just turned into a pattern. I felt gross. I felt like a junkie. My own bandmembers wouldn't return my calls and I lost multiple tour managers, crew members. I can't tell you how many friends stopped talking to me. It's really sad sometimes that you have to go to that extreme bottom to find your way back up, but it's true."

However, Moody explains that it was Korn frontman Jonathan Davis, who had his own struggles early in his career, that helped him come to his senses. "I went on his bus and he sat there," Moody said. "He lit me a cigarette and he looked me in the eyes and said, 'First things first, dude. You need to get off the juice. You've got the most talented band and you're a great performer, but you're f**king up and I've been there.' What he was saying was so potent because he was someone I had looked up to my entire life. I was crying when I walked off the bus. It hurt me because I knew he was right." Read the Team Rock Radio report here.

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