• Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory performs for Soldiers during a concert March 5 at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain, 15th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

    Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan...

    Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory performs for Soldiers during a concert March 5 at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain, 15th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

  • Five Finger Death Punch, a heavy metal band from Los Angeles, performs for service members at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq, March 5. This tour is the band's first visit to Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain, 15th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

    Five Finger Death Punch, a heavy metal band...

    Five Finger Death Punch, a heavy metal band from Los Angeles, performs for service members at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq, March 5. This tour is the band's first visit to Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain, 15th Sustainment...

  • Five Finger Death Punch, a heavy metal band from Los Angeles, performs for service members at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq, March 5. This tour is the band's first visit to Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain, 15th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

    Five Finger Death Punch, a heavy metal band...

    Five Finger Death Punch, a heavy metal band from Los Angeles, performs for service members at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq, March 5. This tour is the band's first visit to Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain, 15th Sustainment...

  • Five Finger Death Punch, a heavy metal band from Los Angeles, performs for service members at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq, March 5. This tour is the band's first visit to Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain, 15th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

    Five Finger Death Punch, a heavy metal band...

    Five Finger Death Punch, a heavy metal band from Los Angeles, performs for service members at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq, March 5. This tour is the band's first visit to Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain, 15th Sustainment...

  • Members of heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch met with Soldiers from the 15th Sustainment Brigade during the band's visit to Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq, March 5. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain, 15th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

    Members of heavy metal band Five Finger Death...

    Members of heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch met with Soldiers from the 15th Sustainment Brigade during the band's visit to Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq, March 5. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain, 15th Sustainment Brigade...

  • Col. Larry Phelps, the commander of the 15th Sustainment Brigade, explains the brigade's mission to members of the heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch during a tour of Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq, March 5. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain, 15th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

    Col. Larry Phelps, the commander of the 15th...

    Col. Larry Phelps, the commander of the 15th Sustainment Brigade, explains the brigade's mission to members of the heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch during a tour of Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq, March 5. (U.S. Army photo by Staff...

  • Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook plays a guitar solo for cheering Soldiers during a concert March 5 at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain, 15th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

    Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook...

    Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook plays a guitar solo for cheering Soldiers during a concert March 5 at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain, 15th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

  • Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan Moody performs for Soldiers during a concert March 5 at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain, 15th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

    Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan Moody...

    Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan Moody performs for Soldiers during a concert March 5 at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain, 15th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

  • Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan Moody performs for Soldiers during a concert March 5 at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain, 15th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

    Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan Moody...

    Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan Moody performs for Soldiers during a concert March 5 at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain, 15th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

  • Five Finger Death Punch bassist Matt Snell performs for Soldiers during a concert March 5 at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain, 15th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

    Five Finger Death Punch bassist Matt Snell...

    Five Finger Death Punch bassist Matt Snell performs for Soldiers during a concert March 5 at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain, 15th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

  • Five Finger Death Punch, a heavy metal band from Los Angeles, performs for service members at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq, March 5. This tour is the band's first visit to Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain, 15th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

    Five Finger Death Punch, a heavy metal band...

    Five Finger Death Punch, a heavy metal band from Los Angeles, performs for service members at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq, March 5. This tour is the band's first visit to Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rob Strain, 15th Sustainment...

CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq - Five Finger Death Punch, a heavy metal band from Los Angeles, met with Soldiers and played a live show March 5 at the outdoor theater on Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq.

The band was honored to have the privilege to come to Iraq and play for Soldiers, said Ivan Moody, the band's singer.

The tour is their first visit to Iraq, but they had been to Kuwait to perform for Soldiers before, Moody said.

"We don't get a lot of visitors up here," said Col. Larry Phelps, the commander of the 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). "Every now and then, we get an opportunity to get some folks that are really dedicated to America's Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines."

Soldiers often ask the band how the flight or food was, but on tours like this, it isn't about the band, explained bassist Matt Snell.

"We're here for you guys," Snell said. "Don't worry about us - we're fine."

The concert did more than just give Soldiers something to do on a Friday night.

"I think the morale of the Soldiers is boosted tremendously," said Lt. Col. Paula Lodi, the commander of the Special Troops Battalion, 15th Sust. Bde. "They come all the way from the states, donate their time, donate their talent, and show the troops they have the support of the troops back home."

A few of the Soldiers even became new fans of the band.

"I never heard of them before," said Spc. Jeffrey Stewart, an intelligence analyst with the 15th Sust. Bde. "But now, I'm a fan - now, I'm definitely a big fan of them."

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