Drummer Jeremy Spencer is leaving Five Finger Death Punch after being in the band for 14 years. Spencer previously sat out the band’s recent tour to recover from back surgery and now he’s leaving for good saying he’s physically unable to continue his duties in the band.
This decision has been weighing on me for months; and now the time has finally come,” explained Spencer in a statement. “I started to play when I was 6 years old, and I feel fortunate that my body has provided me with several decades of doing what I love most: drumming. However, the rigorous physical wear and tear has got me to the point where I feel I can no longer deliver a performance that brings me satisfaction and joy. I feel the band deserves to get someone with the fire and energy, capable of delivering the performance that the fans deserve. Like you, I will be cheering them on to continue making great music as they tour the world and bring exciting shows to all our cherished fans.
So far, Five Finger Death Punch have yet to release their statement or name a replacement for Spencer. Charlie Engen, drummer for Scale the Summit, filled in for Spencer on the band’s latest tour.
Recently, Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin donated portions of their fall tour ticket sales to charity. Five Finger Death Punch donated $30,000 to VETPAW (Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife). Their mission is to end the illegal poaching of endangered species, like rhinos and elephants.
Breaking Benjamin donated $30,000 to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, a charity they’ve supported for many years. Their mission is to help further research to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. In total, both bands have donated over $250,000 to charities this year.