Chris Kael says Paris attacks were wake up call

Five Finger Death Punch bassist Chris KaelChris Kael says Paris attacks were wake up call

Tragedy led Five Finger Death Punch bassist to sobriety

By David Sands
December 24, 2015

Last month’s terrorist attacks in Paris, which involved a mass shooting at a popular French music venue, were deeply unsettling for many in the rock and roll world. For Chris Kael of Five Finger Death Punch, however, they also served as a catalyst for a new beginning.

In an interview with Dean Delray on the Let Their Be Talk podcast (SEE BELOW), the bassist confided that the Nov. 13 tragedy was a wake up call that caused him to give up drugs and alcohol.
“I’m recently sober. Actually, Paris… when the Paris thing happened, I cut everything off. I’ve been sober since then,” he told Delray.


“When Paris happened, I basically had a breakdown that night. I mean, it hit me hard. I was drinking, I’d done a couple of Adderalls and pffft … spiraled that night,” he continued. “Anybody that knows me from social media would have no idea that I did any of that stuff. They’d know me as kind of a drinker, but I put up a good front.”

During the interview, the bassist stressed that he wasn’t an alcoholic or pill addict, but wanted to take his life in a different direction.

Terrorists killed 130 people in the French capital last month, including 89 people attending an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan theatre. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the violence.

Five Finger Death Punch was one of several bands to call off European tour dates last month in the wake of the attacks. Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Marilyn Manson and others also called of shows due to security concerns.


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