5 Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory: Onstage Meltdown ‘Had To Happen’

5 Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory: Onstage Meltdown ‘Had To Happen’

5 Finger Dying Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory recently 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 Battle Club, Bathory described witnessing the onstage "car crash," singer Ivan Moody‘s penchant for alcohol and the way Bathory thinks the blowout "had to happen."
Some fans on the 2015 Beale Street Music Pageant thought they had witnessed the onstage breakup of Five Finger Death Punch after Ivan Moody and drummer Jeremy Spencer received into a heated argument. Spencer 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 was a party animal," mentioned Bathory. "Proper now, he’s significantly better than he used to be. He used to have problems with alcohol, because it’s just so easy. Each city 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 occurred yesterday, and the day earlier than that, and four years earlier than that every day. So ultimately, 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 bit of alcohol, add a bit little bit of technical difficulties — which occurs all the time, in competition settings especially — and issues have been going sideways."
Bathory continues, "I may have stepped in to say, ‘Guys, cease the loopy stuff.’ However I sort of just wished to see the gradual-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 feel it had to happen. I believe he had to type of get up, type of hit the wall. And it wasn’t deadly; it wasn’t something like… If he was leaping in a automotive, attempting to drive, I'd have stopped him. But this wasn’t something that was gonna harm him. It was something that I felt… It had to occur as a way to avoid an even bigger catastrophe later. So this whole thing unfolded, and then finally he pissed off eachbody in the band and eachbody walked off stage and he was up there alone. I feel, at that moment, he realized it is a band. Without your band, with out your unit, without your group, you’re nothing. Nobody’s bigger than the band. The band is larger than any of us separately. That’s what makes a superb band. And the sum of all of us is one thing more than we're individually.