The official Instagram page of Five Finger Death Punch recently announced the departure of the band’s guitarist Jason Hook back in February and in the caption section revealed the reason behind it alongside his bandmates’ reaction to the incident.

Jason Hook has been working with Five Finger Death Punch as the guitarist since he replaced Darrel Roberts in 2009. Their first album together named War Is the Answer was released on September 22, 2009, which was a huge success.

Jason Hook went through a gallbladder surgery in late 2019. The official Instagram page of 5FDP recently revealed that while he is still in the recovery process the band started touring again in Europe at the beginning of the year and Hook had to leave the tour early in order to have additional time for his recovery.

Here is what Jason Hook said about his departure:

“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 as 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.”

The official Instagram page of Five Finger Death Punch also revealed what his former bandmates think about his departure after working together for 13 years, releasing 8 studio albums, two greatest hits compilations, and touring endlessly.

The rhythm guitarist Zoltan Bathory stated that Jason is an incredible guitar player and Andy James, who replaced Hook for the rest of the tour, was an obvious choice.

Here is what Bathory said:

Jason is an incredible guitar player so we had to find someone on the absolute top of their game. Someone like Andy James who was already a well-known virtuoso and had the chops to step into Jason’s shoes.

Andy completed our European Tour with us back in February so he was already tried by fire. We instantly clicked both musically and personally so he was the obvious choice. We even have the same birthday… Some things are just meant to be.

The lead vocalist of 5FDP, Ivan L. Moody also shared his opinions on Hook’s departure and stated that he wants Hook to find peace and happiness and he is excited to keep working with Andy after COVID-19 ends.

Here is what Moody said:

“I just congratulated Jason on his recent wedding, and I hope he finds peace and happiness. As for us, I’m really excited to keep working with Andy and I just can’t wait for this Covid madness to be over so we can go back out on the road.”

You can see the Instagram post below.

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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” – Says Jason about his departure 5FDP have released 8 studio albums and two greatest hits compilations in 13 years and toured relentlessly. They are often called the “hardest working band in the industry” with very little personal time left outside of the band. At Jason’s suggestion, all parties came to a mutual agreement, that it’s best if he steps away from his rigorous band duties altogether. Consequently, Jason handed over the torch to the band's new lead guitarist, renowned British virtuoso ANDY JAMES who is featured on “Broken World”, one of the five previously unreleased tracks on Decade of Destruction, Volume 2. “Jason is an incredible guitar player so we had to find someone on the absolute top of their game. Someone like Andy James who was already a well-known virtuoso and had the chops to step into Jason’s shoes. Andy completed our European Tour with us back in February so he was already tried by fire. We instantly clicked both musically and personally so he was the obvious choice. We even have the same birthday… Some things are just meant to be,” explains Zoltan. “I just congratulated Jason on his recent wedding, and I hope he finds peace and happiness. As for us, I’m really excited to keep working with Andy and I just can’t wait for this Covid madness to be over so we can go back out on the road,” adds Ivan

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