FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH drummer Jeremy Spencer says that his next book will be “just as crazy” as his autobiography, “Death Punch’d: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch’s Metal Mayhem”, which came out in 2014.
Speaking to Tina Smash and Big Ric of “Big Smash Radio” at last weekend’s Carolina Rebellion festival, Jeremy said about his next book (hear audio below): “I’m halfway done with the first draft, so it’s in the infant stages. And it’s just about from the day I got out of rehab up until now.”
Even though Spencer has been sober for more than four years now, he says that fans shouldn’t expect his next book to be a toned down follow-up to his autobiography. “It’s just as crazy as the other book,” he said. “[‘Death Punch’d’] was a lot of using and partying, but this is sober. But it’s still crazy. I mean, there’s been a lot of life that’s happened.”
“Death Punch’d: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch’s Metal Mayhem” hit the Top 10 on the New York Times Celebrities Best Sellers list upon its release on September 2, 2014 via HarperCollins. Spencer issued a statement at the time in which he said: “I’ve received dozens of messages sharing how my story has inspired others to seek help or stay clean. Had it even been just one person who was affected positively, that would have been reason enough to write it. Believe me, the last thing I ever thought was that I would be a best-selling author. I’m humbled and truly grateful.”
Spencer told The Pulse Of Radio that he started writing “Death Punch’d” almost immediately after completing rehab, and that working on it helped him stay on track. “I had to shift my whole way of life, basically, you know,” he said. “It was just some place to put my energy that was positive. You know, I was pretty raw when I got out of rehab, and I was angry. I mean, you can ask the rest of the guys in the band, they’d never really seen that side of me ’cause I was always just the party guy that was laughing all the time. But then whenever that went away, I turned into this angry monster guy that nobody really knew, so I was glad that I could vent it in this book.”
Spencer said in another interview that one especially bad episode with drugs and alcohol convinced him that it was time to finally get clean and sober.
He explained: “It had been about two days. I was just doing coke and meth and drinking the whole time. I think I had a straw in one hand and a bottle of Jack in the other for about the past 20 hours. All of a sudden my body just went, ‘Enough.’ And I started convulsing, and my heart was kind of starting to skip beats. It was really scary.”
Spencer committed a percentage of his personal income from the book to support NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, which represents more than 75,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada and abroad.