Five Finger Death Punch's Jeremy Spencer is doing more than just drumming these days.
During September Spencer published a memoir, "Death Punch'd: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem," detailing his musical career as well as his history of drug addiction and recovery -- in harrowing detail. It was cleaning up, Spencer says, that inspired him to write the book in the first place.
"The day I got out of rehab a couple of years ago I was like, 'Man, I need something to do with my energy now,' " recalls the 41-year-old Indiana native. "I was in a raw and vulnerable place and just wanted to try writing my life down and seeing if I could get some stuff out that maybe I've never deal with and process some stuff, for therapeutic reasons."
The original version of "Death Punch'd" was "brutal, there was no filter," according to Spencer, who enlisted his father -- country music songwriter Gary Heyde (aka novelist Austin Gary) -- to help him craft something more accessible. "No father wants to read that kind of stuff about his son," Spencer notes, "but he said, 'I think you might have something here that might be of benefit to people. If you release it in this form you're probably going to be hated, so let me help you with some revisions."
Spencer is donating a portion of the proceeds from the book to the Association for Addiction Professionals, NAADAC. And he says that writing the book and having it to refer to helps him stay clean moving forward.
"I just feel motivated now," Spencer says. "I have a lot of energy,. I like to grind out stuff and be creative and enjoy the process rather than waking up feeling rotted and mangled from the night before and dreading every day. Now it's exciting to see what I can tackle.
"I just feel alive, man. It's different, but better."
Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Hellyeah and Nothing More
Wednesday, Oct. 8. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Compuware Arena, 14900 Beck Road, Plymouth
Tickets are $45 floor general admission, $39.75 seated general admission
Call 734-453-8400 or visit www.compuwarearena.com
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