In story we are following at Ghost Cult, Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody told a radio station The Morning Show on KBPI Rocks that he will be leaving Five Finger Death Punch. Now Moody has backtracked on that statement and clarified he is only launching a side project, Villain, with members of Gemini Syndrome and Coal Chamber.
Moody’s statement on not quitting FFDP:
“It is true that FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has come to a crossroads — and that crossroads is we’re all at a place where we will never again let someone or something hold us back from making music for our fans.
“The lawsuit by Prospect Park holding our new album hostage has taken a toll on me. I was in a rehabilitation facility when Prospect Park decided to sue the band last year, and that was very difficult for me to handle all at once.
“Yesterday I made a statement that was taken out of context by the media — a media always looking to create headlines that will make people click them. The truth is, I want to start a side-project like Corey Taylor has with STONE SOUR or Maynard has with A PERFECT CIRCLE and I want to do it when FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH’s deal with Prospect Park is over and we are out of this lawsuit.
“THIS DOES NOT MEAN I PLAN ON LEAVING FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH!
“The great thing about being a musician today is that you can explore your creativity in multiple ways without compromising your primary focus. I learned this watching people like Corey and Maynard and I think their fans are glad they’ve put more music out into the world. I hope my fans are, too.
“All that said, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH fans can expect our next album via Prospect Park and we are geared up to tour all throughout 2017. We are about to leave for South America and Europe and we have other dates [to be announced].
“All of us in the band have worked incredibly hard over the last ten years to build this band and none of us are going to let that go just because our record company is trying to sabotage us. I am sorry if the media took my statement as a resignation, but I assure you it wasn’t.”
Moody’s original quote is a follows:
“To be completely honest with you, Death Punch and I have kind of come to a crossroads. We’re very proud of what we’ve done – years and years and years of work… It’s time for us to take our way and go do something else, so after this year… my new band, Villain… I’m so excited.”
FFDP is still engaged in a lawsuit against its former label Prospect Park for release of their old contract, while the label has counter-sued. In the meantime the band is working on a new album for their new label Rise Records, expected later this year.
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