Last Monday, 12th June 2017, American metallers Five Finger Death Punch (often shortened to ‘Death Punch’, ‘5FDP’ or ‘FFDP’) returned to the stage in the Netherlands at 013 in Tilburg. And things were far from normal. For starters, the band went on without lead singer Ivan Moody and had former Divine Heresy vocalist Tommy Vext fill in for two songs.
Shortly after Moody came on stage, it continued to be a unusual performance consisting of the band not playing in sync with each other and the numerous extended breaks band members took between songs. To cap it all, onstage arguments between band members ensured that their set lasted no longer than forty minutes. This is further backed by footage of guitarist Jason Hook throwing his guitar onstage and leaving during “Burn MF.”
During “The Bleeding”, which would unfortunately be the last song the guys played this evening, Ivan was constantly holding his ear and looked as if he was hurt. After the song finished he immediately went offstage. The rest of the band dropped their instruments, threw some picks and sticks in the audience, said ‘Thank you’ and they were gone too, leaving everyone, including light and sound crew, confused. According to the time schedule this was about an hour and a half to early.
I guess, like almost all other 2.999 metalheads who visited this strange concert, I am kind of disappointed in their show too. I’ve seen them do such a better performance last year at Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. That show was just absofuckinglutely amazing!
Nevertheless, I still had a great evening with good bearded company. And, despite the abbreviated concert, I got to rock on some my favorite Five Finger Death Punch songs, like “Wash It All Away”, “Bad Company”, “Jekyll And Hyde” and “Under And Over It”… hell yeah!
It seems the guys of Five Finger Death Punch really had a bad case of the Mondays. Just hoping Saturday’s show on Graspop Metal Meeting will be great again.
1. Lift Me Up
2. Never Enough
3. Wash It All Away
4. Got Your Six
5. Bad Company
6. Jekyll And Hyde
7. Burn MF
8. The Agony Of Regret
9. Wrong Side Of Heaven
10. Remember Everything
11. Coming Down
12. Under And Over It
13. The Bleeding
Pictures (excluding selfie): Dorien Goetschalckx – FrontView Magazine