|Five Finger Death Punch & Alter Bridge||Peoria Civic Center – Arena
|Steel Panther, Five Finger Death Punch & Hellyeah||Gexa Energy Pavilion (Formerly Superpages.com Center)
Five Finger Death Punch popularly known as FFDP or 5FDP is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California.
The group was founded in 2005 by Zoltan Bathory and Jeremy Spencer, who derived the band’s name from classic martial arts cinema. During the initial years, the band comprised of vocalist Ivan Moody, guitarist Zoltan Bathory, guitarist Caleb Andrew Bingham, bassist Matt Snell, and drummer Jeremy Spencer. The band went through a few shake ups when Bingham was replaced by guitarist Darrell Roberts, who in turn was replaced by Jason Hook in 2009. Also, bassist Matt Snell left the band in 2010 and he was replaced by Chris Kael in 2011. Since then, the band members have remained unchanged.
In 2007, the band released their first album, The Way of the Fist. The album led to them achieving commercial success and the second album War Is the Answer consolidated their popularity even further. Both albums were such huge successes that they were certified gold by the RIAA. Enthused by the success of their two albums, they released their third one entitled American Capitalist on October 11, 2011. This one also quickly achieved the Gold status. The band is a regular at the prominent international music festivals such as Mayhem Festival in 2008, 2010 and 2013, and Download Festival in 2009, 2010 and 2013.
The band has received much recognition and are the recipients of the Radio Contraband Rock Radio Awards for “Indie Artist of the Year” in both 2011 and 2012. They have also been honored with the Radio Contraband Rock Radio Award for Album American Capitalist and Song of the Year “Coming Down” in 2012.