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

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

Five Finger Loss of life Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory recently 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 fans at the 2015 Beale Street Music Competition thought they had witnessed the onstage breakup Pursuit of Happiness Five Finger Loss of life Punch after Ivan Moody and drummer Jeremy Spencer obtained 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 once a party animal," said 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. Each city we go to, each concert, 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 before that, and four years earlier than that each day. So sooner or later, that can catch as much as you. And Ivan was pretty much down on that slope at the time, and I noticed that happening. Add a little bit alcohol, add a little bit little bit of technical difficulties — which occurs on a regular basis, in festival settings especially — and issues had been going sideways."
Bathory continues, "I might have stepped in to say, ‘Guys, stop the crazy stuff.’ But I sort of just wished to see the slow-movement automobile crash myself. I just stood on the side of the stage and [was] like, ‘Okay, let’s see the place this is going.’ And I believe it had to happen. I believe he had to form of get up, type of hit the wall. And it wasn’t deadly; it wasn’t one thing like… If he was leaping in a automotive, 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 as a way to avoid a much bigger catastrophe later. So this complete factor unfolded, after which finally he pissed off eachbody in the band and eachbody walked off stage and he was up there alone. I feel, at that second, he realized this is a band. Without your band, with out your unit, without your crew, you’re nothing. Nobody’s greater 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.