Five Finger Death Punch shuts down Utah show after accident causes power outage
A drunk driver reportedly hit a pole, damaging a transformer and ending the concert early.
A smashed transformer – believed to have been shot when a drunk driver hit a utility pole – knocked out power to the Usana Amphitheater in West Valley City on Saturday night, forcing heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch to end their show earlier to the disappointment of around 20,000 musicians. Fans.
According to two music websites — Loudwire and Metal Injection — the Las Vegas-based band had seven or eight songs in their set when the power went out. Both venues blamed the outage on a transformer that was damaged when a drunk driver hit a utility pole near the amphitheater.
West Valley City police did not return a request for comment Monday.
Video posted to Reddit captured the moment. The stage lights glow blue, a row of lights aimed at the audience come on – then, suddenly, the whole stage goes black and frontman Ivan Moody’s microphone cuts out.
It “started off as an amazing show with 20,000 fans,” said Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory. wrote in a tweet late Saturday night.
The show, Bathory wrote, “was in the making” – he inserted a rocket emoji – “when a drunk driver hit a transformer in the road and knocked out power to the entire area”, followed by a swearing red face emoji.
“One more reason not to drink and drive,” Bathory added, “you screwed up 20,000 people’s day.”
Commenters on the Usana Amphitheater’s Facebook page said the band tried to make up for the shortened set, with Moody coming out to sign autographs for fans.
Also playing supporting acts Megadeth, The Hu and Fire From the Gods. Viewers told The Tribune that performance suffered from technical issues and was cut short.
Saturday’s show was the last concert of the Usana Amphitheater’s summer season.
It may also have been Five Finger Death Punch’s last gig in Utah. The night before, at a concert in Denver, Moody announced that he would be “retiring from heavy metal” after recording another album with his band, Loudwire reported. A set of late fall tour dates listed on the band’s website do not include any in-state stops.