Five Finger Loss Of Life Punch’s Zoltan Bathory: Onstage Meltdown ‘Had To Occur’

Five Finger Loss Of Life Punch’s Zoltan Bathory: Onstage Meltdown ‘Had To Occur’
Five Finger Demise Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory lately spoke in regards to the band’s onstage meltdown in Memphis, Tenn., giving a more insightful take a look at the incident. During an interview on SiriusXM Combat Club, Bathory described witnessing the onstage "automotive 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 Competition thought they had witnessed the onstage breakup of Five Finger Dying 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 first piece of disarray that plagued the FFDP gig.
"Ivan, our lead singer, he’s a party animal, or was a party animal," stated Bathory. "Right now, he’s much better than he used to be. He used to have issues with alcohol, because it’s just so easy. Every city we go to, every live performance, every party we go to, folks [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 sooner or later, that will catch up to you. And Ivan was pretty much down on that slope at the time, and I noticed that happening. Add a little alcohol, add a bit Pursuit of Happiness bit of technical difficulties — which happens all the time, in festival settings particularly — and things were going sideways."
Bathory continues, "I could have stepped in to say, ‘Guys, stop the crazy stuff.’ However I kind of just wanted to see the sluggish-motion automobile 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 believe it had to happen. I think he had to sort of get up, form of hit the wall. And it wasn’t deadly; it wasn’t one thing like… If he was leaping in a automobile, trying to drive, I would have stopped him. But this wasn’t something that was gonna damage him. It was something that I felt… It had to occur in order to avoid an even bigger catastrophe later. So this complete thing unfolded, after which finally he pissed off eachbody in the band and eachbody walked off stage and he was up there alone. I believe, at that moment, he realized it is a band. Without your band, with out your unit, with out your team, you’re nothing. Nobody’s larger than the band. The band is greater than any of us separately. That’s what makes a very good band. And the sum of all of us is something more than we are individually.
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