Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Five Finger Death Punch's Zoltan Bathory: "Memphis onstage meltdown had to happen"


Five Finger Death Punch's Zoltan Bathory was recently interviewed by "SiriusXM Fight Club", you can read some excerpts below.

About band's onstage meltdown at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee, Bathory said: "The band is composed of very strong personalities and very strong entities. Every single person in this band has their own… you know, alpha personality. And Ivan, our lead singer, he's a party animal, or used to be a party animal. Right now, he's much better than he used to be. He used to have problems with alcohol, because it's just so easy. Every town we go to, every concert we put on, every party we go to, people are like, 'Hey, let's come and party.' They don't realize that this happened yesterday, and the day before that, and four years before that every day. So sooner or later, that will catch up to you. And Ivan was pretty much down on that slope at the time, and I saw that happening. Add a little alcohol, add a little bit of technical difficulties, which happens all the time, in festival settings especially, and things were going sideways."

He continued: "I could have stepped in to say, 'Guys, stop the crazy stuff.' But I kind of just wanted to see the slow-motion car crash myself. I just stood on the side of the stage and was like, 'Okay, let's see where this is going.' And I think it had to happen. I think he had to sort of wake up, sort of hit the wall. And it wasn't lethal; it wasn't something like… If he was jumping in a car, trying to drive, I would have stopped him. But this wasn't something that was gonna hurt him. It was something that I felt… It had to happen in order to avoid a bigger catastrophe later. So this whole thing unfolded, and then finally he pissed off everybody in the band and everybody walked off stage and he was up there alone. I think, at that moment, he realized this is band. Without your band, without your unit, without your team, you're nothing. Nobody's bigger than the band. The band is bigger than any of us separately. That's what makes a good band. And the sum of all of us is something more than we are individually."