Bummer news for those hoping to see Five Finger Death Punch with Metallica: the groove metal heavyweights have announced more cancelations due to singer Ivan Moody's recovery from hernia surgery.
According to Moody, he has been advised by his doctor to not perform until at least June 12. Five Finger Death Punch's next show with Metallica is tentatively confirmed for June 14, but obviously that can change; Moody previously vowed to not miss more shows.
"Ivan went to the emergency room a few days ago with some complications from his recent hernia surgery," Five Finger Death Punch posted in a statement. "While he is in the best possible medical care, his doctors have advised he must not perform any strenuous activity until, at the minimum, June 12, 2023. As a result, we won't be able to proceed as planned with the European shows prior to that date. He is being followed closely by his medical team who will continue to monitor his progress and will advise as to when he can return to performing.
"We were genuinely looking forward to the dates and the decision to cancel was not made lightly but Ivan's health & well-being are our utmost priority. We apologize for any inconvenience and are grateful for your understanding and support during this time. We are all looking forward to returning to the stage as soon as Ivan has made a full recovery."
Last month, Moody explained how he sustained the injury.
"I was in a video shoot," he said in a video message. "I was jumping around a little bit and I felt something pop. I didn't think much of it. The next day I went to rehearsal, and again, something was a little off, so I took myself to the doctor and he sat me down and he told me that he was surprised I was still walking. He informed me that I had three hernias and offered to do them right then and there. It was quick.
"I thought it would have been easy. However, having all three done at the same time was a shock to my system, to say the least, using of course my diaphragm and my stomach to sing, and you can hear it in my voice, I can't really talk that heavy right now. To be honest, it feels excruciating sitting upright."