Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory Discusses Return to ShipRocked Cruise
After what should be a huge year for Five Finger Death Punch, the band members will kick off 2014 by going on a cruise. But this is no ordinary vacation, as the group has signed on to headline the 2014 ShipRocked Cruise, where they will join Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Device, Sevendust, In This Moment and more in rocking out for their fans on the high seas.
Loudwire recently caught up with Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory, who spoke briefly about their past experience with the ShipRocked Cruise, which they played in 2012, and the lure for them to do it again in 2014.
What brings you back to ShipRocked this time and how cool does it feel to be headlining?
It was one of those things where we’ve never done it before. We never went to sea so we had no idea. We were just coming off the road and it was late in the winter. So, when it came up, ShipRocked, we were like you know what? That’s kind of our downtime when we’re done touring and we’re already writing the record and music and its relaxation time. But, it’s in the Caribbean. It sounds like a vacation to me. So that’s how we were like, yeah let’s go and do this. Then we went and realized, holy s— this is no joke! You have a ship full of crazy mother—-ers. Like, 3000 or 4,000 metalheads going at it. Party all day, Caribbean sun on the ship. You got to play music and listen to music, you know what? We’ll do this again.
You’ve had meet and greets, but when you’re on a boatm you are right there with them …
We’ve always been a band, if you asked me where Ivan [Moody] is — he’s probably out there. That’s him. This band was always close to the fans. We know where we came from still to this day. We understand. I can’t even have a tribal experience like we were just talking about if we have no connection to these fans. So many guys, guys I know from like Michigan and Oklahoma. People who were there for the first shows we played for 3, 4, 500 people. I remember them by first name still to this day. They were there and we have — now it’s a big body of people so it’s harder but as much as we can. We still do that; pull the kids up from the audience. We put them on stage because that’s an experience they never forget. If I was a kid and I got to stand on the stage of Metallica or Megadeth, or whoever I was into back in the day, holy s—! We’re doing that to these kids. You can’t take that away from them.
Five Finger Death Punch will headline the 2014 ShipRocked Cruise. The voyage runs from Jan. 26-30, leaving from Miami and docking at the Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. To learn more about the cruise and to book your reservations, check out the ShipRocked 2014 website.