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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.

The band announced the news in a social media post prior to their February 4 show in Hamburg, Germany.

"Hamburg Knuckleheads,” the band wrote, “due to unforeseen circumstances, our brother Jason Hook will not be able to perform tonight. He needs additional time for his recovery and must step back from the current tour in order to have the opportunity to do so. We discussed this as a band and Jason's well-being is our priority – health comes first.

"It was Jason's express wish that we continue the tour so with Jason's blessing we have invited our friend Andy James who has agreed to step in and finish the tour for Jason.

"We are grateful for Andy stepping up and will continue to deliver the great show the fans deserve every night.

“We've been having an incredible run with our friends in Megadeth and Bad Wolves so far, and the vibe of the tour has been amazing. We look forward to seeing all the German fans next and appreciate all of you joining us in wishing Jason a speedy recovery.”

Five Finger Death Punch’s European tour with Megadeth and Bad Wolves continues February 8 in Oberhausen, Germany.

At a recent London tour stop Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine took time during his band’s set to address his battle with throat cancer, telling the audience that he is “100 percent” cancer-free."

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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.