Five Finger Death Punch Guitarist: 'If I Could Drive a Ferrari, Why Wouldn't I?'
Today Five Finger Death Punch releases 'American Capitalist,' the band's 3rd studio album and the follow up to 2009's Gold selling 'War Is the Answer.' Produced by Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne), the record will most likely premiere in the top 10 of the Billboard Album Charts, another success for a band few people people counted on when they first emerged in 2005.
Featuring veteran musicians from bands like UPO and Motograter, Five Finger Death Punch appeared on the metal scene with very little fanfare, but their debut album, 2007's 'The Way of the Fist,' sold well over 500,000 copies, stunning many music industry insiders.
Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory recently visited Noisecreep's West Coast offices for a chat about the group. One of the topics discussed was their partying public persona. We asked him if it was all just publicist-spun hyperbole or true. "I could answer that question a million different ways. In the very beginning of the band, we had an unwritten agreement that there would be no quote "rock stars" in this band. We didn't want anyone in the group to ever be like, "Hey bro, do you know who I am?" or anything like that. We don't stand for that in this band," said Bathory.
"Our fans are family and we'll sign anything they want us to and we always take time to hang with them. You always try and stay humble like that. But at the same time, you start getting successful and nice things come your way. It's like, "Didn't we all dream for these cool things to happen?" If I could drive a Ferrari, why wouldn't I? Weren't we all kids dreaming that one day we would become rock stars? We imagined chicks everywhere, fast cars and that whole lifestyle. And yes, a lot of those things came true for us," the guitarist revealed.
Noisecreep asked Bathory how he's managed to stay grounded amidst Five Finger Death Punch's fame. "Success hasn't been an overnight thing for us. It hasn't taken five years for it to happen. It's been more like 25 years. We've played our instruments for decades, trying to get somewhere. So now that 5FDP has made it, f--- yeah I'm going to buy that cool car! And yes, sometimes things get excessive, but we're doing fine."
These days Bathory just wants to keep putting money back into 5FDP. "What really excites me these days is making what the band does bigger. I mean our live shows. I want to put on a bigger show. Can we make our pyro bigger? Those kinds of things will give people a better experience when they come see us. We owe it to them."
Five Finger Death Punch's 'American Capitalist' is out today via Prospect Park.
Share the Welt Tour: Five Finger Death Punch w/ All That Remains and Hatebreed:
10/16 San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
10/17 Medford, OR @ Medford Armory
10/19 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Slat Air
10/22 Denver, CO @ First Bank Center
10/25 Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
10/26 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
10/28 El Paso, TX @ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center (not SHARE THE WELT)
10/29 San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Garden
11/1 Little Rock, AR @ Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center
11/2 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
11/04 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
11/05 Grand Rapids, MI @ Delta Plex Arena Conference Center
11/06 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room/ Old National Centre
11/08 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
11/09 Corpus Christi, TX @ The Pavilion at Concrete Street
11/11 Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Pavilion
11/12 Dallas, TX @ The Palladium Ballroom
11/14 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
11/15 Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex
11/16 Greenville, SC @ Bi-Lo Center - Pepsi Pavilion
11/18 St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live!
11/19 Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
11/21 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
11/22 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/23 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
11/25 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
11/26 Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Mohegan Sun Arena
11/27 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
11/29 Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theater
11/30 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
12/02 Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Presents The Oakdale Theater
12/03 Lewiston, ME @ The Colisee
12/04 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
12/06 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
12/13 Fargo, ND @ The Venue
12/14 St. Paul, MN @ Myth