Five Finger Death Punchin Ivan Moody avautuu alkoholismistaan: yhtye ei uskaltanut käyttää pyroja lavalla

Yhdysvaltalainen metalliyhtye Five Finger Death Punch konsertoi parhaillaan Helsingin Hartwall Areenalla yhdessä Of Mice & Menin sekä In Flamesin kanssa. Yhtyeen laulaja Ivan Moody on kärsinyt pitkään alkoholismista ja yhtye joutui perumaan jopa keikkoja Ivanin jouduttua vieroitukseen. Nyt Ivan on ensimmäistä kertaa kertonut Metal Hammerille taistelustaan alkoholismia vastaan ja on kertonut ajastaan vieroituksessa seuraavaa:

“I learned a lot about myself. Things that I had forgotten. I learned what it was like to not battle myself anymore, which is really difficult to admit, because at the end of the day–and I’m sure anyone can agree with this–you’re your own worst enemy.

I just got to a point where I was lying to myself constantly, so I had to face up to that. It was a lot of, I don’t want to use the words ‘self sacrifice’, but that’s what it felt like. It was giving up who I thought I was and starting over from scratch and realizing the man that I am was good enough.”

Bändin kitaristi Zoltan Bathory on kertonut saman haastattelun yhteydessä yhtyeen joutuneen rajoittamaan myös pyrojen käyttöä Ivanin juomisen takia, jotta tämä ei polttaisi itseään lavalla:

“Ivan was a functioning alcoholic – this guy could probably fly the space shuttle drunk and you wouldn’t even know. You wouldn’t notice that he was drunk until he’d say something really bizarre, and then you were like, ‘Oh shit, you’re drunk!’”

“Now we go out and the machine is absolutely precise, to the minute. He’s actually where he’s supposed to be, meaning that if we wanted to use pyro, now we can. Before, you couldn’t tell him, ‘Don’t stand there,’ because he will.”