Five Finger Death Punch’s Jason Hook to sit out remainder of the band’s European tour

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Back in December, Five Finger Death Punch canceled a series of dates on their U.S. headlining tour in order for guitarist Jason Hook to undergo emergency surgery to remove his gall bladder.

Now the electric guitar player has opted to sit out the rest of the band’s current European run with Megadeth and Bad Wolves in order to have additional time to recover. He’ll be replaced by UK shredder Andy James for the remaining dates.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.