FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Joined By ALL THAT REMAINS Frontman For 'Wash It All Away' Performance In Corpus Christi
May 22, 2017
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH was joined by Phil Labonte of ALL THAT REMAINS on stage on May 17 at Concrete Street Amphitheater in Corpus Christi, Texas for a performance of the DEATH PUNCH song "Wash It All Away". Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.
Labonte fronted FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH for eight concerts during the band's fall 2016 U.S. co-headlining arena tour with SHINEDOWN after DEATH PUNCH's regular singer, Ivan Moody, "fell ill" and stepped away from the road to receive treatment.
Prior to the "Wash It All" performance in Corpus Christi, Moody addressed the crowd, telling them: "This is the first show I play with DEATH PUNCH in six months in America. And about six months ago, I had a complete meltdown, and I'm willing to admit it. And luckily for me, my band understood and they told me to take some time to myself. Now here's the best part. They asked me, if there was one person that they would pick to front this band if I was dead, I picked one of my oldest, greatest friends and one of the greatest fucking singers in heavy metal today, Phil from ALL THAT REMAINS. Now while I was taking my vacation, I realized something. DEATH PUNCH isn't just about us — it's about you motherfuckers. So I'm gonna give credit where credit is due. Make some noise for my best friend and one of the greatest of all time. Phil, come on out here."
Labonte recently said that he was surprised by overwhelmingly positive reaction he got from FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH fans when he filled in for Moody. Speaking to Revolver magazine, Labonte explained how he came to be asked to sing for FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH as a temporary replacement for his longtime friend. He said: "[Around the] holidays, [I] usually kind of chill out. But right after Thanksgiving, I got a phone call, [saying], 'Hey, can you get on an airplane?' So I got the opportunity to help those guys out.
"We've known the guys in FIVE FINGER since before they were even a band — I've known Ivan since he was in MOTOGRATER — so the fact that I could jump in and help out my friends, it was really cool. It was a lot of fun — a really good experience."
Labonte went on to say that he was "a little surprised at how well the fans responded" to his addition to FIVE FINGER's touring lineup. He explained: "Especially with a band like FIVE FINGER, with a frontman like Ivan, I kind of expected some people to be, like, 'If it's not Ivan, I don't wanna hear about it,' and I didn't get that at all. It was nothing but love and message of support and messages from people saying, 'Thanks' and 'Good job,' pat-on the-back stuff, which is always really, really nice to hear that you're doing a good job for your friends. So it was a great experience."
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