Ivan Moody Counts Rob Halford, Jon Davis Among His Sober Supporters

By David Konow 06/05/19

"No matter where he was in the world, he picked up, left me messages, he sent me cards," Moody said of the Judas Priest singer.

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Ivan Moody From Five Finger Death Punch

Ivan Moody, the lead singer of the metal band Five Finger Death Punch, has had a hard road to achieving sobriety, but he currently counts metal legend Rob Halford as one of his sober supporters, as well as Jonathan Davis from Korn.

As Moody explained on The Jasta Show, “Rob is actually one of my—and I hate to put it this way—sober coaches. He’s been sober now for almost forty years. And when I went through recovery, and even my bandmates and I weren’t talking, Halford was on the phone with me. I got two 10-minute phone calls a day, and Halford was one of them every single day. No matter where he was in the world, he picked up, left me messages, he sent me cards.”

Moody added that "Jonathan Davis was the same way—he was very supportive of me.”

Halford is considered one of the best in the genre. Moody said, “This was coming from a kid who grew up on Judas Priest and I’m turning around and this guy is a father to me in certain ways, and very much a piece of who I am now.”

Moody went on to tell Jasta he was “never very orthodox with [my] sobriety. Neither was J.D. or Rob, which, again, that’s what I really appreciate. I don’t go to a lot of meetings. I respect it, and I understand why other people used [them] and benefitted from [it], but for me personally, it’s just not what I need. So that was something I always looked to with guys like J.D. and Rob… that wasn’t my path and I didn’t need it.”

Moody has reportedly been to rehab five times, and came close to death from an alcohol-related seizure. After that experience, Moody recalled, “I knew I was done during my detox. It took me seven and a half days just to detox. I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t go to the bathroom by myself, I couldn’t smoke a cigarette. I had a staff member actually sleep in the room with me for the first 28 hours just to make sure I didn’t go under. I blew a .36 when I went in, which anyone who knows anything knows means that was basically death. And I didn’t want to come out of it. I woke up the next day and I [was] pissed that I was still alive.”

Moody ultimately realized he didn’t want his legacy to be dying from substance abuse.

“I listen to a Linkin Park song now and I can hear [Chester Bennington] crying for help. Why did it take us so long to hear that? I want people to hear my lyrics or my melodies and say ‘that dude’s in pain.’ Or ‘that guy’s victorious over something—he overcame that substance.’”

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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