May 3, 2016


Five Finger Death Punch’s Jason Hook Describes How KISS Inspired Their Arena Show

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This fall, hard rock will be taking over dozens of arenas as Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown blaze through North America on a recently announced co-headlining tour. Also featuring Sixx:A.M. and As Lion, the arena trek will allow Five Finger Death Punch to play songs from last year’s Got Your Six album to some of its biggest audiences to date.

“There’s no anxiety—it’s a very comfortable place for us,” guitarist Jason Hook tells Fuse. Hook says that he’s extremely excited for the tour to commence on Oct. 18, and for Five Finger Death Punch to show off some of the arena moves that they’ve worked their entire careers to hone.

“I grew up a KISS fan, so my roots are deep as far as what I’d like to do in the arena context,” he explains. “An arena is a different animal—you’ve got a lot of people shifting their focus into one spot. So you kind of have to exaggerate everything to stimulate the eyes. I think that’s one thing that a lot of younger bands may not appreciate. We grew up with arena bands where everything was big and bombastic and exciting visually. Being a KISS fan, I can certainly appreciate that.

“When it comes to being your turn, I’m like, ‘I know I have to have things that light up and explode and move around,’” Hook continues. “Alice Cooper has made a touring career out of being interesting and visual. Having a bunch of guys come out and stare at their feet while wearing a bunch of jeans and t-shirts is just not as interesting as… well, KISS.”

Hook says that he and the rest of FFDP are pumped to unfurl more of Got Your Six onstage, as well as share the stage with Shinedown, who also released a winning full-length, Threat to Survival, last year.

“I think it’s going to be great, because they’re a powerhouse,” Hook says of Shinedown. “They have an undeniable, extensive catalog of hit songs. Whenever you get somebody like that on the bill, it makes for a larger turnout and we can squeeze into bigger venues. They’re a huge draw, so the fact that we’re packaged means we’ll be able to break through another venue size and go to the extra-big places. Mentally and emotionally, that always feels good.”

Check out Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown’s tour dates below, with more to be announced at a later date:

Oct. 18 - Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena
Oct. 22 - Wichita, KS - Intrust Bank Arena
Oct. 23 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
Oct. 25 - West Valley City, UT - Maverik Center
Oct. 27 - Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Resort Arena
Oct. 28 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena
Oct. 29 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
Oct. 31 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center
Nov. 02 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
Nov. 03 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena
Nov. 05 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
Nov. 07 - Boise, ID - Taco Bell Arena
Nov. 09 - Billings, MT - MetraPark Fairgrounds
Nov. 11 - Bismarck, ND - Bismarck Civic Center
Nov. 17 - Cincinnati, OH -U.S. Bank Arena
Nov. 18 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center

Watch members of Five Finger Death Punch and more get all rock 'n roll from this archival video from the Fuse treasure chest: