Five Finger Death Punch has welcomed British guitarist Andy James into the band as a replacement for guitarist Jason Hook, who departed in February during their European arena tour.
After his recovery from emergency gallbladder surgery at the end of last year, Hook had to leave midway from the band’s tour of Europe to address further complications.
“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,” Hook said about his departure.
He added, “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
Meanwhile, James had previously featured on “Broken World,” one of the five previously unreleased tracks on Decade of Destruction, Volume 2.
“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,” explained FFDP founder and rhythm guitarist Zoltan Bathory.
He added, “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.”
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