Five Finger Death Punch Bow Out of Australian Tour Dates With Black Sabbath
Five Finger Death Punch were set to open for Black Sabbath on the band's tour dates for "The End" run, but it looks like that will not happen. A statement from promoter Live Nation to fans revealed that the group has bowed out of the run, citing a recent hospitalization for singer Ivan Moody that led to the canceled dates.
The trek was scheduled to start April 15 in Perth, with shows at Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to follow. The band also had shows booked separate from Black Sabbath in Melbourne and Sydney on April 20 and 22. Those are also affected.
According to Noise 11, the statement released by Live Nation reads as follows:
Last Thursday, Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody was hospitalized in his hometown of Denver. He is expected to make a full recovery but it is with deep regret that Five Finger Death Punch will be forced to cancel their appearances in Australia, both with Black Sabbath and as headliners in Sydney and in Melbourne.
It is especially disappointing to Five Finger Death Punch that they will not be able to play before Black Sabbath, a band Five Finger Death Punch has deep reverence for, on Black Sabbath’s last ever shows in Australia.
Ivan and Five Finger Death Punch express their sincere apologies to both their fans and to the fans of Black Sabbath.
Ticket holders for Five Finger Death Punch's headlining dates at The Forum in Melbourne on April 20 and Luna Park in Sydney on April 22 will be contacted by relevant ticketing outlets to advise on refunds.
Though Five Finger Death Punch will not be part of the run, Black Sabbath will still play the scheduled April shows. No announcement has been made as to whether Sabbath will have another act open their dates.
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