FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH played its first show with new bassist Chris Kael on July 1 at Boonstock in Gibbons, Alberta, Canada. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. Check out photos at this location.
Kael replaced Matt Snell, who left the group late last year for reasons that have not been disclosed. Originally from Kentucky, Kael moved to FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH‘s home base of Las Vegas to pursue playing music full-time. He said in a statement about landing the job, “Never give up on your dreams — I’m living proof that with hard work and a little bit of luck, they can come true.”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Zoltan Bathory confirmed to HardDrive Radio in April that Snell was let go back in December, but was unable to speak about the reason for Snell‘s exit for contractual reasons.
Bathory told The Pulse Of Radio at the time that Snell‘s exit would not affect the band’s sound. “He wasn’t a writing member, so it doesn’t really affect how we sound like or how the songs are coming out, and especially [since] we were about to embark on the third record, it didn’t matter really if the bass was gonna sound the same,” he said.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is currently putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to 2009’s “War Is The Answer”, which is expected to include 14 songs. The new album is tentatively due in early September.