Five Finger Death Punch recently proclaimed themselves the second biggest metal in the world. But they may soon be without a singer, as front man Ivan Moody has announced that he is “retiring from heavy metal.”
The 5FDP singer made the proclamation during the band’s show at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado on October 14, saying he’ll make one more record with the group and then he’s out.
Appearing onstage with two of his children, Moody, who grew up in the Denver area, said:
"I wanted to tell you this. And nobody else in the world knows, Denver, so this is where it's going to start. And what you do with it is up to you. The last 15 years of my life I have toured the world, I have seen every country, every city on this planet at least twice. That's a fact. And through that time as many of you parents know, I have missed a lot of time with my kiddos.
“So I made them a deal today and I'm going to stick to it. After this year, I am going to make one more Five Finger Death Punch album and then I am retiring from heavy metal."
He continued, "But I wanted to start that here and tell all of you, from day one when I decided to be a singer playing places like [Denver venues] the Bluebird Theater, the Ogden, and we were supposed to play Red Rocks, we'll have to do that one more time. Can I play Red Rocks one more time? I owe you everything, Colorado, Five Finger Death Punch and every knucklehead on this planet, thank you."
Moody also shook hands with each of his children, and after one of them asked if he could have his dad's mic stand, jokingly responded, "Get out of here."
It’s worth noting that while Moody said he’ll soon be done with heavy metal, he didn’t say he’s out of music entirely. As for what might be in his post-5FDP future? That remains to be seen… and heard.