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Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody shared he suffered an eye injury from a laser beam during the band’s set at Welcome to Rockville in Daytona Beach, Fla. on May 19.

In a since-deleted Instagram video that was transcribed by Blabbermouth, Moody explains, “During the set I got overheated, and I walked back and I passed out… I was grabbing towards [drummer] Charlie’s [Engen] kit. And the heat — it was exhausting. Charlie almost passed out too. And I reached for a cymbal and I felt myself going under. And so I ran back. And I was okay. My [guys] helped me out. And as I’m coming back onstage, one of the lasers kicked backwards, ’cause I tripped basically over it, and it shot me in the eye. And these things are like… they basically have the power of a minor supernova; they’re really bad. If you put your phone up to one of ’em, it’ll actually black out your screen.”

Moody added, “So, anyway, I’ve gotta go back [home] to [Las] Vegas and I’ve gotta see a real eye doctor, and hopefully it’s okay. I can’t see out of it right now. It’s, like, have you ever stared at the sun or a lightbulb and you get that green light — it blackens it out. Imagine that times, like, a thousand. They thought my retina was separated. That’s how bad it was.”

Fortunately, FFDP have a bit of a break before returning to the road. The band is heading to Europe next month to play a number of festival dates kicking off June 12 in Austria at the Nova Rock Festival.

We send our well-wishes to Moody and hope his eye will heal up soon!


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