FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Jason Hook spoke to HMV.com about the band's current Canadian tour for which the routing was determined by fan vote. Asked where the initial on-demand idea came from, Jason said: "We were all sitting around with the agents and managers trying to figure out how to route a tour. To some degree, it's just guesswork knowing which cities will be most receptive to your show. At some point, it occurred to us to ask the public where they'd want us to play, therefore eliminating the guesswork. So we set up an online voting poll and started analyzing data. And in some cases there was demand in cities we might not have played otherwise. Pretty simple stuff, but highly effective, so it made sense to repeat the process for Canada — 13 shows from coast to coast from B.C. to Nova Scotia."
Hook admitted that FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH had to trust that those who voted would follow through and buy tickets for the tour, but added that "if there was a swell of votes for a certain area and then tickets didn't sell, there, we always had the option to either move the show or further promote it. It did feel there was a safety net there. And look, the public is cool. I don't think they want to confuse us or play games. They just want their favorite band to come to their city, which is ultimately a lot less work for them. Plus, this inspired confidence in promoters. And if the tour does well, we can come back sooner. So it's in everyone's interest to make this work."
Joining FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH on the Canadian tour are PAPA ROACH alongside guests SIXX:A.M. and up-and-comers FROM ASHES TO NEW.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's latest album, "Got Your Six", was officially certified gold on August 8 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales in excess of 500,000 copies.
The band recently signed a North American deal with Rise Records. Their first album with Rise, the BMG-owned rock label, will be released following the completion of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's obligation to its current label, Prospect Park.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's U.S. co-headlining arena tour with SHINEDOWN will kick off on October 18 in Little Rock, Arkansas and run into December. SIXX A.M. and AS LIONS will be along as support.