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Jeremy Spencer Heyde,[1] known simply as Jeremy Spencer, is an American musician, songwriter, author, record producer, director, writer, producer and pornographic actor.[2] He is the former drummer for the metal band, Five Finger Death Punch. In 2012, he was named Golden God's "Best Drummer" by Revolver Magazine,[3] and was voted Best Drummer of 2015 by Loudwire.[4] His autobiography, Death Punch'd—Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem, was published on September 2, 2014 by HarperCollins imprint Dey St,[5] and named a New York Times Celebrity Bestseller.[6] He was also voted Best Drummer at the 5th Annual Loudwire Music Awards.[7]

Jeremy Spencer
Jeremy Spencer 2014.jpg
Spencer performing with Five Finger Death Punch in 2014
Background information
Birth nameJeremy Spencer Heyde
BornOakland City, Indiana, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • producer
  • author
  • TV creator & producer
Instruments
  • Drums
  • percussion
Years active2005–2018
Labels
Associated actsFive Finger Death Punch
Websitefivefingerdeathpunch.com

CareerEdit

Spencer started playing drums at age six on a drum set his grandmother purchased at Sears. Spencer's musical influences include a lot of 1980s metal. Growing up in Boonville, Indiana, he was a member of several local bands, one of which (Cornucopia of Death) opened in Indianapolis for Pantera, when he was seventeen. After high school, he moved to Los Angeles, where he met BulletBoys guitarist, Mick Sweda. In L.A., he became friends with future 5FDP guitarist, Jason Hook. Spencer played in a number of bands, with the typical frustration of unreleased material and shelved projects—while working a variety of odd jobs—including recording tracks with heavy metal band W.A.S.P.

Five Finger Death Punch (2005-2018)Edit

In 2005, Spencer and former U.P.O. bassist, Zoltán Báthory, formed the heavy metal band, Five Finger Death Punch, with vocalist Ivan Moody, bassist Matt Snell (replaced by Chris Kael in 2011), and guitarist, Caleb Bingham, (replaced by Darrell Roberts in 2006, then by Jason Hook in 2009).

5FDP recorded its first album in 2006. The band signed a record deal with Firm Music and on July 10, 2007, released an EP, Pre-Emptive Strike[8] from their debut album, The Way of the Fist, followed by the album's lead single, "The Bleeding." The album was certified Gold[9] and spawned 3 top 10 singles.[10] The band's second album, War is the Answer, debuted at #7 on Billboard Top 200[11]—staying in the Top 100 for 89 weeks and selling over 500,000 units.[12] American Capitalist, debuted at #3 on the Billboard Album charts[13] (October 2011) and achieved Gold status (September 2012). "Coming Down" is the band's first #1 single (2012). In 2013 5FDP released The Wrong Side of Heaven/The Righteous Side of Hell Vol I & II. Both volumes debuted at #2 on Billboard's Hot 200 Album Chart. The first single, Lift Me Up (with Rob Halford of Judas Priest), reached #1 on the Active Rock Chart and won the Revolver Golden Gods Award for Song of the Year. In 2015, "Got Your Six" debuted at #1 on the Billboard top album charts. Currently, the band has garnered 10 Gold albums and one Platinum.

For a fall 2018 tour with Breaking Benjamin, Spencer was replaced by Charlie Engen in order to undergo surgery on his back. On December 18, it was announced that Spencer would not be returning to the band due to the damage in his back. [14]

Post-drummer careerEdit

On December 18, it was announced that Spencer had departed the band permanently.[15] In June 2019, it was announced that Jeremy Spencer has continued the band's support of 1st responders and was sworn in as a reserve police officer in Indiana.[16]

On September 17, 2019, it was announced that Spencer would be acting, co-directing, writing and providing the music for the erotic horror parody series Lady Killer TV, which he also created. In the announcement, he stated: "I've had this idea in my head for a long time, and it was now or never in terms of pulling the trigger and making this series happen." The series features several prominent pornographic actors and actresses, such as Tori Black, Adriana Chechik and Tommy Pistol.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Jeremy Spencer is the son of novelist Austin Gary, and actress Glory Heyde (née Kissel).[18] His sister Rachel Rockwell was an acclaimed stage director before her death in 2018.[19] He currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Loudwire (October 8, 2014). "Five Finger Death Punch's Jeremy Spencer - Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?" – via YouTube.
  2. ^ HARTMANN, GRAHAM. "Jeremy Spencer (Ex-FFDP) Is a Softcore Porn Star Now". Loudwire. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ 2012 Golden Gods Award: Best Drummer. RevolverMag.com. Retrieved July 2012, from http://www.revolvermag.com/goldengods2014/2012-golden-gods-winners/
  5. ^ "Death Punch'd - Jeremy Spencer - Paperback". HarperCollins Publishers: World-Leading Book Publisher.
  6. ^ New York Times" Celebrities Bestseller. Retrieved October 2014, from https://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/2014-10-26/celebrities/list.html?date=2014-10-26&category=celebrities&pagewanted=print/
  7. ^ 5th Annual Loudwire Music Awards (2015). Loudwire.com. Retrieved December 2015, from http://loudwire.com/5th-annual-loudwire-music-awards-vote-now/
  8. ^ Pre-Emptive Strike EP. Billboard.com. Retrieve July 2012, from https://www.billboard.com/music/five-finger-death-punch/chart-history/
  9. ^ FFDP Certified Gold. 93x.com Retrieve July 2012, from http://www.93x.com/Article.asp?id=2165446
  10. ^ FFDP 3 Top 1910s. Myspace.com Retrieve July 2012, from http://www.myspace.com/ffdp
  11. ^ 2009 War Is The Answer Album. Billboard.com. Retrieved July 2012, from https://www.billboard.com/music/five-finger-death-punch/chart-history/
  12. ^ Fiver Finger Death Punch Sales. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved July 2012, from http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=153514
  13. ^ American Capitalist #3. Rougemag.co.uk. Retrieve July 2012, from http://www.roguemag.co.uk/five-finger-death-punch%E2%80%99s-new-album-american-capitalist-has-charted-at-3-on-the-us-billboard-top-200-chart/
  14. ^ Blabbermouth (December 18, 2018). "FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Parts Ways With Drummer JEREMY SPENCER". BLABBERMOUTH.NET.
  15. ^ Blabbermouth (December 18, 2018). "FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Parts Ways With Drummer JEREMY SPENCER". BLABBERMOUTH.NET.
  16. ^ "Jeremy Spencer Sworn In to be a Police Officer".
  17. ^ "Ex-FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Drummer JEREMY SPENCER Spoofs Classic Slasher Films With Adult Film Stars In 'LadyKiller TV'". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. September 17, 2019. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  18. ^ Artist Bios: Glory Kissel. GoodmanTheatre.org Retrieve July 2012, from https://www.goodmantheatre.org/Artists-Archive/creative-partners/actors/Glory-Kissel/
  19. ^ Jeff Award Winning Director Rachel Rockwell. fearnoartchicago.com Retrieve July 2012, from http://fearnoartchicago.com/jeff-award-winning-director-rachel-rockwell/

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