Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch Officially Announce New Guitarist


Five Finger Death Punch have officially confirmed the previously rumored departure of their guitarist Jason Hook. Andy James, who had filled in for Hook on tour earlier this year, has been confirmed as his replacement in the outfit. Addressing his departure, Hook stated:

“I have had the pleasure of meeting so many of you in person. Thank you for the endless stories of how our music has touched your heart in some way! But the best part of being on tour the last 12 years, by far, has been playing my guitar and seeing the joy on your faces every night. I will miss that more than anything.

As far the reason I’m leaving… well, there really isn’t just one. I’ve been in bands my entire life and I feel like I’ve done all the good that I can here. It’s time to pass the baton and move on to new challenges.”

A press release stated in part that Hook requested his exit from the band due to a lack of personal time with his departure being the result of a mutual agreement. Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory added:

Jason is an incredible guitar player so we had to find someone on the absolute top of their game. Someone like Andy James who was already a well-known virtuoso and had the chops to step into Jason‘s shoes.

Andy completed our European tour with us back in February so he was already tried by fire. We instantly clicked both musically and personally so he was the obvious choice. We even have the same birthday… Some things are just meant to be.”

Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody also addressed the matter, offering:

“I just congratulated Jason on his recent wedding, and I hope he finds peace and happiness. As for us, I’m really excited to keep working with Andy and I just can’t wait for this COVID madness to be over so we can go back out on the road.”

In a since-deleted social media post shared this past weekend, Hook stated that he had some eight projects in the works for future release.

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