Ivan Moody

Ivan Moody has a shocking announcement for the fans. He’s “retiring from heavy metal.” This is his last year fronting FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, but it won’t be immediate. He’ll make one more album with the band before he steps down.

He made an announcement during band’s show in Denver Friday night, October 14.

Moody appeared with two of his kids on stage to deliver his speech, in which he said: “I wanted to tell you this. And nobody else in the world knows, Denver, so this is where it’s going to start. And what you do with it is up to you. The last 15 years of my life I have toured the world, I have seen every country, every city on this planet at least twice. That’s a fact.

“And through that time as many of you parents know… I have missed a lot of time with my kiddos. So I made them a deal today, and I’m going to stick to it. After this year, I am going to make one more FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH album and then I am retiring from heavy metal.” Moody then shakes each kids’ hand and jokes they cannot have his mic stand.

He continued: “But I wanted to start that here and tell all of you, from day one when I decided to be a singer playing places like… the Bluebird Theater, the Ogden, and we were supposed to play Red Rocks, we’ll have to do that one more time. Can I play Red Rocks one more time?… I owe you everything, Colorado, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and every knucklehead on this planet, thank you.”

You can watch Ivan‘s speech below.