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KORN’s MUNKY On TAYLOR HAWKINS’s Death: ‘I Feel So Bad For His Family’

KORN guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer spoke to a TMZ photographer in regards to the latest revelation that FOO FIGHTERS drummer Taylor Hawkins was struggling along with his band’s grueling touring schedule within the months main as much as his tragic loss of life.

“It is so unhappy,” Munky mentioned. “I really feel so dangerous for his household, man, and his associates and [FOO FIGHTERS leader] Dave [Grohl]. I wanna ship my like to Dave, if he is watching in any respect. They’re such nice guys.”

Munky mentioned that musicians normally “are so delicate… You have gotta be, to create artwork,” he defined.

Touching upon his personal battles with substance abuse, Munky mentioned: “I’ve struggled with my very own addictions and psychological well being. It is fucking laborious. You get on the market and also you get a number of enablers — those who simply provide you with stuff. ‘You wanna occasion? Let’s hang around and occasion.’ It is laborious, particularly in the event you take care of habit — you may have that tendency to wanna go and do this. Like me, I have been sober 12 years. It is laborious to say no nonetheless. Even like [when people say], ‘Let’s go. We’re gonna go to the resort. We’re having a celebration.’ ‘Man, I am gonna go to mattress.'”

He added that there is temptation throughout “of all types. It depends upon what your vice is,” he mentioned.

As for a way touring musicians can higher deal with these points going ahead, Munky mentioned: “Stability. Train. Assist. I really feel like there needs to be some form of factor for excursions and touring musicians that we are able to create a neighborhood and discuss these things and make every really feel higher.”

Earlier this yr, Munky advised Metallic Hammer journal that he “had severely slipped into dangerous drug use and alcoholism” across the time of his father’s loss of life. “I had misplaced each my mother and father now… and I did not wish to face it,” he mentioned. “I had a phenomenal home by the seashore, and I mainly barricaded myself in, with all of the home windows blacked out, and turned the music up actually loud in each room. It was a really quiet neighborhood till I moved in, so my neighbors will need to have been like, ‘This motherfucker, we will not take this anymore…'”

Munky continued: “Sooner or later this policeman knocked on my door… because the solar was rising. He requested if I had any weapons in the home, and I responded, ‘If I do have any weapons, you may be the primary to know,’ and slammed the door in his face. About quarter-hour later, I had a SWAT group outdoors my home. They bought me out and arrested me, they usually knew I used to be not okay; they might clearly see, like, ‘Okay, not solely is he excessive, and drunk, however he is mentally unstable.’ I wakened handcuffed to a hospital mattress in a psychiatric ward, on maintain for 72 hours. And that was the second the place I used to be like, ‘I am unable to go on like this…'”

Munky went on to say that “within the ’90s, our angle was, ‘Fuck tomorrow, we’re residing at present.’ Generally I am unable to imagine we’re alive. If my neighbors hadn’t known as the cops on me that day, or possibly if I would been residing out alone in acres of land as an alternative of by the seashore, I would in all probability be lifeless.”

Again in 2007, Shaffer spoke brazenly about his battles with substance abuse, telling Bakersfield.com: “We have all had our battles with alcohol and different medicine and people kinds of demons, not simply individuals in bands … however you realize, residing this way of life will result in drug habit, alcoholism. It is a robust battle for anyone, however while you’re on this trade, it truly is, as a result of it is all over the place you flip. It is a occasion each evening.”

On the time, Shaffer referred to himself as “an alcoholic.” He defined: “I take care of it — I attempt to take care of it on daily basis. I’ve carried out 12 steps, I have been on the wagon, off the wagon for a few years. It is tough. It is only a laborious, laborious factor to kick.”

Hawkins was discovered lifeless on March 25 on the 4 Seasons Casa Medina resort in Bogota, Colombia whereas FOO FIGHTERS had been on tour. An official explanation for loss of life for Hawkins hasn’t but been launched, however on March 26, Colombia’s lawyer common’s workplace issued a preliminary toxicology report, saying that health workers discovered proof of 10 kinds of substances in Hawkins‘s physique, together with opioids, benzodiazepines, marijuana and antidepressants.

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