Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook revealed that alcohol was to blame for the band's onstage meltdown at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee on May 1st. According to multiple reports, the group performed half a dozen songs before the entire band, except vocalist Ivan Moody, walked off stage, leaving the singer seemingly confused and talking to fans in rambling fashion.
Although Moody later blamed technical problems for the incident, Hook now told the Three Sides Of The Coin webcast, "You know, we have little schisms amongst each other, as all bands do, having to do with lifestyle choices . . . what happened, in my estimation, was that, for whatever reason, Ivan decided to get s**tfaced drunk -- I'm probably not supposed to be talking about this -- but he started to lose his temper onstage towards, basically, the rest of us, being the band. And, you know, there's only so much of that we can handle."
- Hook added, "He was upset with Jeremy (Spencer), the drummer, for something . . . Jeremy released a book, or I don't know what the problem was . . . But, anyway, Jeremy decided that he had enough and he got up and left. Well, it's hard to play a concert without the drummer."
- The guitarist continued, "That's the first time that's ever happened, and that will be the last time that ever happens, because we've talked about it quite a bit, and that's just unacceptable, and I think everyone understands that it's never to happen again."
- Hook said that the band is "getting a lot better" at handling personal issues, but added, "One thing that f**ks everything up is alcohol. I don't drink. I've certainly had my experiences with alcohol, but I just found that it tears everything apart . . . three of us don't drink, and some of the band take it way too far and we're always trying to figure that out, you know."
- Five Finger Death Punch will release its sixth full-length studio album, Got Your Six, on August 28th. The album's first single, "Jekyll And Hyde," which will be made available at radio in the coming weeks.