Five Finger Death Punch is currently in the market for a new a drummer now that they’ve announced longtime member Jeremy Spencer is amicably parting ways with the popular hard rock band after 14 hard-hitting years of service. Spencer has been one of the two original members along with Zoltan Bathory who have been with the group since forming in Las Vegas back in 2005. The band confirmed Spencer’s departure on Tuesday, stating he is unable to physically continue as a member after undergoing recent back surgery.
Spencer shared a personal statement through his Instagram to go with the band’s announcement earlier this week.
“This decision has been weighing on me for months, and now the time has finally come,” Spencer said in the statement, which can be read in full here. “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.”
Spencer goes on to explain that his lack of physical abilities, especially the wear and tear that comes from lengthy concert tours and recording projects, are the driving force behind making him feel like his band deserves someone with fresh fire and energy.
“Like you,” Spencer continued, “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.”
The report goes on to state that the band has no certain replacement at the moment, even though Charlie “The Engine” Engen filled in for Spencer during their recent fall arena tour while their original drummer recovered from surgery.
Since forming in 2005, Spencer has helped lead the band into becoming one of the more bankable acts in commercial hard rock music. Six out of the band’s last seven studio albums have cracked the top 10 on Billboard’s “200 Album Sales Chart” in the U.S., an impressive feat considering rock music’s fall from popularity amongst the mainstream over the last two decades.