Exclusive: Five Finger Death Punch's Ivan Moody Discusses "Mayhem"
Tue, 01 Jun 2010 08:44:48
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Five Finger Death Punch will definitely be putting the "Mayhem" Rockstar's Mayhem Festival this summer.
The band are no strangers to the tour, having served on the inaugural run back in 2008 and devastating crowds all over the country as part of the traveling summer circus.
As part of our Mayhem coverage, Five Finger Death Punch's Ivan Moody sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor for this exclusive interview about what FFDP has planned for Mayhem, life-changing concerts that he attended and so much more!
Do you have any surprises in store for Mayhem?
I'm absolutely thrilled! We've worked our entire lives for this moment; we have a whole bunch of tricks up our sleeves that we'll pull out. I don't want to give anything away yet though [Laughs]. When we're up there, we're trying to make a name for ourselves to make sure people stamp us in their brains. We're up there playing with Korn and Rob Zombie—two of the greatest bands of all time. You've got Lamb of God on the main stage too. We really want to make a statement; and we're going to do everything we can to make sure the world doesn't forget us.
Do you have a favorite summer tour memory?
Every day is a new story when you're out on tour [Laughs]. There's so much going on. There's chaos at one moment and then sedated points at another. It would take a book to run through any of them. I haven't really been able to see concerts in a long time because we're so involved with our own. When we went to Japan, that was the first time that I ever got to see Limp Bizkit. They'd just gotten Wes Borland back. In fact, we recently played with them at Rock On the Range. Getting to hang out with Wes and Fred Durst was great; they're just stellar guys. I've got to tell you, those dudes throw down live as well! Getting to stand on stage with Seether and do a song was awesome. Having the opportunity to sit down and eat lunch with Rob Zombie and pick his brain about movies and stuff was incredible. There are a thousand different stories out there.
When you were a kid, did you always go to a lot of concerts during the summer?
Oh yeah! You'd have a hard time keeping me away from a concert venue [Laughs]. I lived in Colorado all my life. We had Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the smaller clubs like The Ogden and The Gothic. Then there's The Fillmore. I've been a huge music buff my whole life so anytime I got to see a band I was there—whether it was local or anything major. The first time I saw Tool at Red Rocks was phenomenal. There was point there where I had literally had to look down at the ground and make sure I was still standing. It was such a spiritual moment for me. Everything a band should be live came out. I was awed. When they left the stage, I had to stand there and take it in that they were done. I almost cried; I wanted more. There's no fake anything about it; it's pure brilliance. That was probably one of my favorite concerts of all time.
White Zombie and Pantera was another amazing concert. I loved watching Primus; they were just off the Richter. They had Mr. Bungle and The Melvins opening for them so that was really cool. I actually got to see The Grateful Dead with Jerry Garcia at the Nichols Arena before they tour it down. That, to me, was a real eye-opening concert because I never got into the Grateful Dead. A couple friends of mine took me to the show—they were all hippie-d out. I was like, "Yeah, whatever, I'll go for it." I was just blown away. I couldn't believe it. It was like one beautiful ceremony. I also got to see Pink Floyd on their last run, and I saw Metallica on the GN'R tour. Tattoo the Earth with Slipknot and Sevendust was great. I remember the first time I saw Slipknot opening for Coal Chamber at The Ogden Theater. Clown started moshing with the crowd, and he literally had the crowd throwing his keg around at each other. It was chaos, and it was so cool.
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