Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan Moody has credited Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis for his newfound control over alcohol. While the frontman explains he hasn’t totally quit drinking, it was advice from Davis that gave him the motivation to dodge a curse that had plagued his family for generations.
In an interview with the UK’s Metal Hammer magazine, Moody said that alcoholism is not uncommon in his family, with both grandfathers suffering from the condition and ultimately leading to their deaths.
He explained that his own struggle had started getting pretty heavy, saying, “I got tired of waking up and not knowing how I got to my room, or where my shoes were, or why I had a black eye and my bandmates wouldn’t talk to me.”
The situation grew worse, until one day while on tour he was approached by Davis, who apparently hasn’t touched a drink since 2008 and recently overcame his own struggle with substance abuse. As Moody recalls:
“It started interfering with my every day life. The guy who talked me out of drinking so much was Jonathan Davis from Korn. He pulled me up on his bus one night and basically told me that I had the opportunity to be something bigger and that there were millions of people listening to me, so now was the moment to get it together. He told me that he loved what I did with music and onstage, and that was really an honour, but he told me to quit the sauce.”
Davis has been very vocal on the subject of moderation since returning from rehab, explaining that he is in a position to help those who are facing similar challenges. Said Davis of his own mission:
“Hopefully now I can help a lot of kids, our fans that are going through things like this. Lots of kids suffer from these conditions and I like to help out, that’s a big thing for me. It’s just who I am. I have no problem talking about anything and if I can help others, then great.”
Korn dropped their latest album The Paradigm Shift earlier this month, and both bands will be making the way Down Under for Soundwave 2014