Ivan Moody Says He Doesn’t Want To End Up Like Scott Weiland And Layne Staley


Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody recently joined an interview with Loudwire and stated that he has fought to stay sober since he doesn’t want his life to end like Scott Weiland and Layne Staley.

Ivan Moody has been among the musicians battling alcoholism for years. His struggle even caused him to go through some rough nights resulting in onstage meltdowns, leaving the stage numerous times, arguing with his bandmates, and a near-death experience. Luckily, the singer has succeeded in turning his life around by staying sober since early 2018.

During a recent conversation, Moody opened up about the full story of his recovery. The musicians said that his days under the influence of alcohol were exhausting. When he woke up in the mornings, he couldn’t remember anything about the night before. Thus, he would observe other people’s attitudes toward him to find clues about how he behaved.

Then, he revealed that leaving behind a worth-remembering legacy was one of his primary concerns regarding his battle with addiction. He would constantly think about his counterparts who struggled with addiction, including Chester Bennington, Scott Weiland, and Layne Staley. Ultimately, he decided that he didn’t want his life to end like them. He wanted to be remembered in the way that he chose and wished for his children to be proud of their father.

Ivan Moody speaking on his struggle with alcoholism:

The biggest part of it is my legacy. Just seeing peers of mine, Chester included, people that fought with addiction — Scott Weiland, Layne Staley… The list goes on and on. I didn’t want to be one of those headstones where people walked by and took pictures in front of it and had some lost f*cking idea of who they thought I should be or was.

It really came down to legacy. How did I want to be remembered? How did I want my kids to go through the rest of their lives answering for me? Not being proud of who their father was.”

You can watch the full interview below.