Five Finger Death Punch has tapped All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte to fill in for vocalist Ivan Moody after Moody suffered what he called a “mental moment” on stage at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts appearing to claim that his mother was dying. He was led off stage and has since dropped off the tour, with the band saying he’s “fallen ill” and they will complete their live commitments with All That Remains singer Phil Labonte instead.
Says Zoltan Bathory, guitarist of Five Finger Death Punch: “Ivan is our brother and we fully and wholeheartedly support him taking care of himself so he can get well as soon as possible. We discussed possibly canceling the remaining shows but the responses from the other bands on the tour were so overwhelmingly supportive that we decided to move forward and deliver the great night to the fans that they expect.”
Adds James Michael, vocalist for Sixx:A.M.: “All of our hearts are with Ivan right now hoping for a speedy recovery. Phil is an excellent frontman and vocalist who stepped forward in solidarity to Ivan without a moment of hesitation. Fans are in for some special treats and surprises. I’m really excited about the show tonight.”
Phil Labonte, the vocalist of All That Remains, a former Marine and close friend of Moody once before saved the day for Killswitch Engage in 2010 when their singer at the time, Howard Jones, left the band mid-tour. Says Phil Labonte: “I got their six and stepped up right away. I’m honored to be able to help Five Finger Death Punch to finish their tour and give Ivan a chance to take care of himself. I did the same for Killswitch Engage years ago. I was humbled to get the call and get a chance to play in front of such a great audience.”