Life is precious and it occasionally takes some jarring events to make you reflect on how you’re living your own life. During a recent appearance on the Let There Be Talk With Dean Delray podcast, Five Finger Death Punch bassist Chris Kael revealed that he’s been sober since the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
Five Finger Death Punch were on tour in Europe at the time of the attack and even had to cancel a few dates while on tour under the threat that some of their shows were not completely secure and could be a possible terrorist target.
Kael revealed that he’s never battled serious drug addiction, but did state that his dabbling with excess stopped right after the attack. “I’m recently sober. Actually, Paris… when the Paris thing happened, I cut everything off. I’ve been sober since then,” said the bassist, who added, “Alcohol is one of those things where … I don’t really consider myself an alcoholic, but I do make some f–king stupid decisions once the alcohol hits me. My wife certainly never liked it. A lot of it was for her too. She’s much smarter than me, much more disciplined than me, and was trying to get me to do it for a long time. And then finally, 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. 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.”
The bassist went on to state that he’s not one to abuse prescription pills, but that his heavy drinking was starting to affect him negatively. He noticed it whenever he went to work out. “That was always my thing. I was, like, ‘F–k, if I’m still making the gym, I’m doing okay.’ And then there were days … I have a trainer here in Vegas. I’d be out drinking whisky the night before and go do heavy chest and back the next day, and as he spotted me doing bench presses, I’d just see his face. I’m, like, ‘I know I smell like a bar right now.’ So that kind of did it too. I was putting so much work into working out and then putting all those empty calories in at the end of the night. It wasn’t making any sense for me. It just wasn’t working anymore.”
Kael says he’s tried to quit in the past, but this time he feels like he’s “turning that corner,” and doesn’t have the cravings that he did before.
Check out the bassist’s comments on the Let There Be Talk With Dean Delray show in the player below.
Hear FFDP’s Chris Kael on Let There Be Talk With Dean Delray