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Phil Labonte to front Five Finger Death Punch for 8 shows

Thursday, December 1, 2016 4:29 PM PT / 11,627 views

Official press release: With only 8 shows to go on their current US co-headlining arena tour with Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch announced today that they have decided to honor their commitment to the fans and finish out the current tour with All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte filling in for Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody who has fallen ill. Says Zoltan Bathory, guitarist of Five Finger Death Punch: "Ivan is our brother and we fully and wholeheartedly support him taking care of himself so he can get well as soon as possible. We discussed possibly canceling the remaining shows but the responses from the other bands on the tour were so overwhelmingly supportive that we decided to move forward and deliver the great night to the fans that they expect." Adds James Michael, vocalist for Sixx:A.M.: "All of our hearts are with Ivan right now hoping for a speedy recovery. Phil is an excellent frontman and vocalist who stepped forward in solidarity to Ivan without a moment of hesitation. Fans are in for some special treats and surprises. I'm really excited about the show tonight." Phil Labonte, the vocalist of All That Remains, a former Marine and close friend of Moody once before saved the day for Killswitch Engage in 2010 when their singer at the time, Howard Jones, left the band mid-tour. Says Phil Labonte: "I got their six and stepped up right away. I'm honored to be able to help Five Finger Death Punch to finish their tour and give Ivan a chance to take care of himself. I did the same for Killswitch Engage years ago. I was humbled to get the call and get a chance to play in front of such a great audience." In an unprecedented move of solidarity, artists from the four-band bill of the tour have vowed to finish the dates on a high note and stand behind Ivan in his endeavor to get well. Tonight's Five Finger Death Punch show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia will feature guest performances by Phil Labonte of All That Remains, James Michael, vocalist of Sixx:A.M. and As Lions, the U.K. newcomers fronted by Austin Dickinson. The remaining dates of the tour are as follows: Thu - 12/1 - Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center Fri - 12/2 - Hershey, PA Giant Center Sat - 12/3 - Huntington, WV Big Sandy Superstore Arena Mon - 12/5 - Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena Tue - 12/6 - Charleston, SC N. Charleston Civic Center Thu - 12/8 - Orlando, FL Amway Arena Fri - 12/9 - Tampa, FL Amalie Arena Sat - 12/10 - Duluth, GA Infinite Energy Center


anonymous 12/1/2016 4:40:35 PM

This bands pretty badass. Riff lines and drum lines are very similar to the average screamo song, but these guys aren't emotional, they are just kick ass. That's why theyve earned a pretty intense fan?base

anonymous 12/1/2016 5:12:24 PM

Someone's "moody"

anonymous 12/1/2016 5:17:38 PM

The "It Started With Hello [A Zayn Malik Love Story]" fan fiction reference previously posted above should be nominated for the lambgoat comments hall of fame

anonymous 12/1/2016 5:23:29 PM

Awesome venues. These bands are doing well.

anonymous 12/1/2016 5:32:17 PM

Is Stone D. Easley still in this band?

anonymous 12/1/2016 5:33:00 PM

M.I.L.F = Music I'd Like to Forget

anonymous 12/1/2016 6:56:59 PM

i would have like to be the replacement vocal :( need to replace your drummer? i can help tryouts? i have songs i can send you i am a multi-instrumentalist called dylan howell. i'll play any instrument for you guys. if you are interested contact me https://www.facebook.com/c ollectthehowells (please no space between the c and the o)

anonymous 12/1/2016 7:05:37 PM

^ singer of this band writing new lyrics in real time

anonymous 12/1/2016 8:09:33 PM

im sure phil and zoltan will shoot plenty of guns and do lots of tryhard alpha male shit

anonymous 12/1/2016 8:12:13 PM

^Lad, you're a little too invested in these people's lives; you sound like a stalker. Get a life of your own.

anonymous 12/1/2016 8:14:18 PM

Dude, Phil Labonte is such a fcking douchebag. He magically disappears at load in and makes every one else set up his guitar equipment, then reappears with an attitude that noonr let him know it was soundcheck

anonymous 12/1/2016 9:38:07 PM

trump rally esque atmospheres guaranteed at all dates

anonymous 12/1/2016 10:12:46 PM

This is a very solid choice as a fill-in vocalist for this band. Phil is a good dude, as he has shown in many similar occasions in the past. I recently got the chance to speak with him while they were breaking their set down and shared a much needed clove afterwards.

anonymous 12/1/2016 11:11:49 PM

It was pretty cool went I went into Best Buy many years ago and stumbled upon a Five Finger Death Punch CD with a Lambgoat quote on its packaging.

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anonymous 12/2/2016 5:11:18 AM

One douchebag leaves, another one enters.

anonymous 12/2/2016 5:55:57 AM


anonymous 12/2/2016 6:24:36 AM

"Labonte, a former Marine..." Very relevant. Probably because he said, "I got their six."

anonymous 12/2/2016 6:58:10 AM

Good choice to Phil in on vocals, ya dig?

anonymous 12/2/2016 8:05:38 AM

FYI: The angry birds movie and black snake moan are both now on Netflix. Gather up the family and enjoy these two family classics.

anonymous 12/2/2016 5:38:12 PM

I also remember when Phil fronted Killswitch. He blew out his voice after a couple of shows and they cancelled the tour!

genghisjohn 12/2/2016 7:00:28 PM

Because when you're a marine, it's illegal for anyone to forget at any time

genghisjohn 12/2/2016 7:04:07 PM

Which is why one must remind people by using military jargon in everyday situations

anonymous 12/2/2016 11:09:53 PM

Hey Ivan - Can you please upgrade your long shorts to a new pair and retire those shitkickers you've been wearing since the Motograter days? Much appreciated.

anonymous 12/3/2016 3:43:51 AM

Always a bridesmaid never a bride

anonymous 12/3/2016 4:11:47 AM

Circle jerk tour 2016 fvcking pos'd

anonymous 12/3/2016 9:50:28 AM

well goddamn boys i always said bobby labonte was the fastest one in the family but phil's a good fit ooooooooo rah

anonymous 12/4/2016 5:08:25 AM

Phil was alright in Hersey. But the show sucked.They should have given refunds.

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