Earlier this month, Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody shared that he would be retiring from metal. During one of the band’s shows, Moody said that after he makes one more album with the band, he is walking away from metal. This caught many of us in the community by surprise… HOWEVER, Moody has once again caught us by surprise, because now he is saying that he is NOT retiring!
Via a two and a half hour video statement (holy shit) uploaded by Ivan, the Five Finger Death Punch frontman provides an apology to his fans regarding that initial statement. In this video, Ivan speaks to some of the struggles he has been dealing with in his personal life, and shares that he will not be retiring from metal.
As transcribed by Loudwire, Ivan shares, “I really sat back the last few days and took it all in. And I first off want to apologize. I do. I apologize. I apologize because music’s all I’ve got, and I don’t think, for one, my kids would respect me in the long run if I quit doing what got me here. I don’t think my friends would talk to me. Obviously they didn’t text me, not the ones I was hoping for.”
Ivan Moody continues, “I can’t quit. I can’t. I’m not. To be quite honest with you, I think I’d die. Maybe not physically die, my but soul would fucking definitely fade, and I didn’t come here for that. There is a fucking fire inside of me that will never go out. Music and heavy metal are all I’ve ever had, all I’ve ever known. I was designed by it. When all the rest of the world kept betting against me — underdog, day after day after day — I found solace and sanctuary in bands like Metallica and Pantera, Alice in Chains, Danzig. The list goes on and on.”
He also adds, “I ain’t going anywhere. I’m not… Maybe I was a little bit impulsive… I hope you all will forgive me.”
You can watch the entire video statement from Ivan Moody below. We wish you all the best with everything Ivan.