In a pretty sudden and shocking turn of events, Five Finger Death Punch singer, Ivan Moody, has announced his retirement.
While onstage in Denver, CO last night, Moody broke the unexpected news to fans.
While he has often displayed erratic behavior during his 15-year tenure with the band, this news is particularly shocking because of both his current successful stint with sobriety and the recent announcement that Five Finger Death Punch is the second most popular metal band in the world behind Metallica.
Ivan said that the motivation for retiring now is to spend more time with his children; apparently, he made this decision and promise to his kids just yesterday before the evening’s performance.
Interestingly, he specifically says he plans to retire from heavy metal, which begs the question: will he be fully leaving music or just pivoting to a new genre or role? In terms of a timeline, Moody asserts he’ll complete one more Five Finger Death Punch album before bowing out. You can read a transcription of Moody’s retirement news below:
“I wanted to tell you this. And nobody else in the world knows, Denver, so this is where it’s going to start. And what you do with it is up to you.
The last 15 years of my life I have toured the world, I have seen every country, every city on this planet at least twice. That’s a fact.
And through that time as many of you parents know … I have missed a lot of time with my kiddos. So I made them a deal today, and I’m going to stick to it. After this year, I am going to make one more Five Finger Death Punch album and then I am retiring from heavy metal.
But I wanted to start that here and tell all of you, from day one when I decided to be a singer playing places like … the Bluebird Theater, the Ogden, and we were supposed to play Red Rocks, we’ll have to do that one more time. Can I play Red Rocks one more time? … I owe you everything, Colorado, Five Finger Death Punch and every knucklehead on this planet, thank you.”