FFDP Singer Suffers Scary Injury On Stage In Florida

FFDP Singer Suffers Scary Injury On Stage In Florida
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Five Finger Death Punch performed May 19 at the Welcome To Rockville festival in Daytona Beach, Florida. The band is getting set to release its ninth studio album, “AfterLife,” on Aug. 19. The album will mark the first with British guitarist Andy James, who previously appeared on Five Finger Death Punch’s “Broken World,” from their 2020 best-of compilation, “A Decade Of Destruction — Volume 2.” 

Singer Ivan Moody injured his right eye during the band’s Florida concert, and he took to Instagram to share a video explaining what happened. “During the set I got overheated, and I walked back and I passed out… I was grabbing towards Charlie’s [Engen, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH drummer] kit,” he said. “And the heat — it was exhausting. Charlie almost passed out too. And I reached for a cymbal, and I felt myself going under. And so I ran back. And I was okay. My [guys] helped me out. And as I’m coming back onstage, one of the lasers kicked backwards, ’cause I tripped basically over it, and it shot me in the eye. And these things are like… they basically have the power of a minor supernova; they’re really bad. If you put your phone up to one of ’em, it’ll actually black out your screen.”

Moody also shared that he can’t see out of his right eye. “So, anyway, I’ve gotta go back [home] to [Las] Vegas and I’ve gotta see a real eye doctor,” he continued. “And hopefully it’s okay. I can’t see out of it right now. It’s, like, have you ever stared at the sun or a lightbulb and you get that green light — it blackens it out. Imagine that times, like, a thousand. They thought my retina was separated; that’s how bad it was.”

FFDP will begin its European tour on June 12. “So when I go to Europe here in a couple of weeks, you all might be seeing me with a f*cking patch on my eye,” Moody said.  “Go ahead. Make fun. Don’t care. But it is what it is. I had a blast. Like I said, I’m really sorry. I felt like I got exhausted [during the Welcome To Rockville set] — the weight of the humidity. 85 percent humidity in 90-degree weather, it takes a toll. And I saw a lot of you falling down. And when I went to the E.R., there were a lot of you out there.”

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