Management say advert for new bassist isn’t real – but don’t deny the band is looking for Matt Snell replacement
Five Finger Death Punch’s management have said a flier advertising for a new bassist is fake – but have stopped short of denying the band are looking for someone to replace Matt Snell.
Rumours have been rife in recent weeks that Snell has parted company with the band he helped form in 2005. Nothing has been confirmed, although guitarist Jason Hook last week said: “There is something going on, but I’d rather keep my mouth shut so I don’t get into trouble.”
Earlier this month a flier appeared at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, calling for interested parties to arrange an audition in the venue’s concert hall on April 13.
The paperwork put six points of image above musical ability, saying candidates required a “Hard rock / alternative metal look, image compatible with the band, under 35, athletic build, not over six feet tall, tattoos a plus,” before adding, “Some vocal ability preferred, five-string ability a must, non-smokers preferred, no alcoholics or drug addicts.”
But 5FDP’s management say they had nothing to do with the ad, pointing out the photo used is three years out of date and features former guitarist Darryl Roberts.
A band official comments: “I think it was an honest mistake on someone’s behalf – but nothing about the flier was approved in any way. Its existence was not made known to the band or management. The list of criteria are not from us.”
However, no comment was made on the auditions taking place, or whether Snell has left the LA-based fife-piece.