Five Finger Death Punch have officially announced the departure of long time guitarist Jason Hook in February of this year.
Late last year, Jason Hook had to have emergency gall bladder surgery, while Five Finger Death Punch were on tour. This resulted in them having to postpone a few tour dates. When they began the European leg of the tour in early 2020, Hook again had to leave early for “additional time for his recovery”.
Hook was replaced by British guitarist Andy James to finish out the rest of the European tour. The chemistry was there and they have now announced James as the newest member of Five Finger Death Punch.
“Jason is an incredible guitar player, so we had to find someone on the absolute top of their game. Someone like Andy James who was already a well-known virtuoso and had the chops to step into Jason’s shoes,” guitarist Zoltan Bathory stated. “Andy completed our European Tour with us back in February so he was already tried by fire. We instantly clicked both musically and personally so he was the obvious choice. We even have the same birthday… Some things are just meant to be.”
Hook released a statement yesterday, addressing the rumors that he had left the band and announced the news to the world while on his honeymoon.
“I have had the pleasure of meeting so many of you in person. Thank you for the endless stories of how our music has touched your heart in some way! But the best part of being on tour the last 12 years, by far, has been playing my guitar and seeing the joy on your faces every night,” Hook said. “I will miss that more than anything. As far the reason I’m leaving…well, there really isn’t just one. I’ve been in bands my entire life and I feel like I’ve done all the good that I can here. It’s time to pass the baton and move on to new challenges.”
Vocalist Ivan Moody also released a statement saying, “I just congratulated Jason on his recent wedding, and I hope he finds peace and happiness,” Moody said. “As for us, I’m really excited to keep working with Andy and I just can’t wait for this Covid madness to be over so we can go back out on the road.”
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