Once upon a time, Tommy Vext was a promising metalcore singer who subbed in for Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan Moody on their 2017 tour while Moody dealt with his addiction issues. Today, Vext is widely known as a hardcore Trumper and shit-stirrer, who sued the manager of his former band Bad Wolves shortly after his expulsion from the band, claiming he was the victim of racism after notably announcing during the 2020 election that he’d never experienced racism in America. Now, in a recent Q&A, Moody commented on Vext, and was actually pretty intelligent and thoughtful while simultaneously never holding back.
“Am I still friendly with Tommy Vext?” said Moody during an Instagram live feed, which was captured by Rock Video in a video that you can see below. “Friendly? Yes… Yes. Friends? I’m not sure if we ever were anymore. Listen, I’m not going to get too far into it, but I don’t understand people that believe half what they say and say half what they believe. I just don’t get where politics got so massively involved with the kid. I think he got a little taste of it and the love that comes with picking a side and, in my opinion, got stuck. And, I’ve said this actually, that I wish he would just come out and say, ‘Listen, I fucked up.’
“The thing about it is, and if you want the truth, is that… I’ve been friends with Doc [Coyle] and John [Boecklin] from Bad Wolves for almost 20 years…So for me, that relationship goes deeper….That whole collective, they’re fucking rad people, man. And so when I hear about one of them getting choked the fuck out over something really minor, no.”
Moody is referencing a story revealed by Bad Wolves guitarist Doc Coyle, in which he claims that Vext choked him out while he refused to fight back.
“I watched something of him on stage where he’s just going off,” said Moody, slipping into an impersonation of Vext: “‘You don’t fucking know, man…‘ I’m just like, ‘Play a song! Play a fucking song.’ Write it down, put it into script and make music, which is what people are fucking paying for you to do!”
When pressed further about Vext in a separate Q&A, Moody just said, “This dude’s a waste of my time, I don’t know why you guys keep bringing him up. He’s more worried about me than I am him… And P.S., the reason I don’t talk shit online, and I don’t need to, is because if I have a fucking problem with somebody, I’ll just go to their fucking house. I’ll show up and we can talk. Really talk… I’ve got no time for bullshit, man, and I ain’t tryna make anyone popular by giving them my fucking yes or no. Suck it.”
Check out the video below:
Words by Chris Krovatin