Fan-filmed video footage of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH‘s November 9 concert at Stadium Live in Moscow, Russia can be seen below.
As previously reported, lyrics from the FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH song “Wash It All Away” were used to criticize the United States in an op-ed essay written by a top aide to Russian president Vladimir Putin. In the piece, penned by Putin adviser Vladislav Surkov for the state-run news channel RT, Surkov writes, “The line ‘Done with all your hypocrisy’ sounds like a prophecy, a verdict, and as the motto of a new era.”
According to The Moscow Times, Surkov linked the 2016 presidential election that led to U.S. president Donald Trump‘s victory and an ongoing sexual harassment scandal in the U.S. with a widespread desire among Americans to “wash it all away.” He quoted the song a second time, writing that a “strong hand” will lead the confused crowds from “all of the chaos and all of the lies.”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Zoltan Bathory responded to news reports of his group’s lyrics being used in Surkov‘s editorial by first noting that the band happened to be touring Russia at the time, then speaking fondly of the group’s Russian fans. He added, “I can tell you, between the people there is NO hate, there is NO cold war here. So let’s NOT make one.”
He continued, “I grew up on this side of the Iron Curtain in communism . . . so I have ACTUAL memories of the cold war. Even back then, though we were told by the communist media that America was the ‘enemy,’ nobody, and I mean nobody sane, actually believed that.”
Bathory, who came to the U.S. from Hungary, told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that he’s a strong proponent of the capitalist system. “I came to this country without speaking English and I didn’t have anything, and here I’m sitting with you, doing this interview today,” he said. “So I have the right to say, like, hey, you know, doesn’t matter what circumstance you were born in, you have a shot in this system. The capitalist system will give you a fair shot.”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has confirmed a December 1 release date for its greatest-hits collection, “A Decade Of Destruction”, and has released one of two new tracks included on the album, a song called “Trouble”.
The hits collection and an already completed new studio album are part of a deal to settle a legal dispute and close out the band’s contract with its label, Prospect Park. The new studio LP will be released in spring 2018.