LA Rock of the Rock 105 radio station conducted an interview with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Zoltan Bathory at this year's Rock On The Range festival, which was held May 20-22 in Columbus, Ohio. You can now watch the chat below.
Speaking about FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's upcoming co-headlining U.S. tour with SHINEDOWN, Zoltan said: "When you put together a lineup [for a tour], there are many factors: who's available, who's not, who's in the studio, who's not, and who's committed to other tours. So a tour is being planned, like, a year in advance. And we have to look at their timeline; like, what is SHINEDOWN doing?"
He continued: "SHINEDOWN, [they are an] awesome band. Actually, I listen to those guys a lot. I think they write awesome fricking songs. Great voice… That band is a great band, in my opinion. And they have their own fanbase, and it's a huge fanbase. You put these two bands together, and we're gonna fill up massive arenas. And everybody gets equal opportunity; we never limit anybody's sound. It's a co-headline; they bring whatever they want. This is not a competition for who's louder, who's not; it's about bringing back that hard rock family, what it used to be. Whoever comes out to the show should have a good time, basically. And an arena tour means we are inside, so even the first band, it doesn't matter that they go on first; they have lights, they have whatever they want."
Support on FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's tour with SHINEDOWN will come from SIXX A.M. and AS LIONS.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH recently signed a North American deal with Rise Records. The first album with Rise Records, the BMG-owned rock label, will be released following the completion of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's obligation to its current label, Prospect Park.
It was revealed last month that FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's label, Prospect Park, filed a lawsuit against the band, accusing it of allegedly trying to violate its recording contract by rushing to make a new album despite the addiction problems of Ivan Moody.
The group fired back, calling the suit "the latest in a long line of exploitative and abusive bullying tactics used by our former manager and current label CEO Jeff Kwatinetz to extract money from and wield power against the band."