When you think of artists getting injured from elaborate stage productions, fire usually comes to mind. But in the case of Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody, it was lasers. The frontman was performing his band's set at Welcome to Rockville fest on Thursday night when he took a massive laser beam to the face and injured his eye so bad that he was hospitalized and now needs an eye patch.
In a video posted to his Instagram, Moody explained the odd circumstance that led to his eye getting shot with a laser, and how dire the situation is from a medical standpoint.
"During the set I got overheated, and I walked back and I passed out," he said, as transcribed by Blabbermouth. "I was grabbing towards Charlie's [Engen, Five Finger Death Punch drummer] kit. And the heat — it was exhausting. Charlie almost passed out too. And I reached for a cymbal and I felt myself going under. And so I ran back. And I was okay. My [guys] helped me out. And as I'm coming back onstage, one of the lasers kicked backwards, 'cause I tripped basically over it, and it shot me in the eye. And these things are like… they basically have the power of a minor supernova; they're really bad. If you put your phone up to one of 'em, it'll actually black out your screen.
"So, anyway, I've gotta go back [home] to [Las] Vegas and I've gotta see a real eye doctor," he continued. "And hopefully it's okay. I can't see out of it right now. It's, like, have you ever stared at the sun or a lightbulb and you get that green light — it blackens it out. Imagine that times, like, a thousand. They thought my retina was separated; that's how bad it was.
"So when I go to Europe here in a couple of weeks, you all might be seeing me with a fucking patch on my eye. Go ahead. Make fun. Don't care. But it is what it is. I had a blast. Like I said, I'm really sorry. I felt like I got exhausted [during the Welcome To Rockville set] — the weight of the humidity. 85 percent humidity in 90-degree weather, it takes a toll. And I saw a lot of you falling down. And when I went to the E.R., there were a lot of you out there."
You can see footage of Moody's E.R. stay below via his Instagram. Here's to hoping his recovery is smooth and painless.