Five Finger Death Punch have confirmed the departure of guitarist Jason Hook and announced his replacement. In a lengthy message on Instagram the band reveal that they parted ways with Jason back in February on their European tour after he had to miss some shows for emergency gall bladder surgery. He has been replaced by Andy James, who played those shows that Jason missed and also plays on ‘Broken World’, one of the previously unreleased songs that appears on the band’s latest greatest hits compilation ‘A Decade of Destruction, Volume 2’.
The full statement reads in part: “FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH confirms it parted ways with guitarist Jason Hook back in February 2020, during the band’s sold out European arena tour. After his recovery from emergency gallbladder surgery at the end of last year, Jason 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. 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”
Editorial credit: yakub88 / Shutterstock.com