KORN drummer Ray Luzier spoke to Germany’s MoreCore concerning the present standing of the band’s bassist, Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu. Fieldy introduced in June 2021 that he would sit out KORN‘s ongoing tour with a view to “heal” after “falling again” on a few of his “unhealthy habits.”
Ray mentioned about Fieldy (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “He is doing good. He is our brother. We love him. We help him 110 %. Bands are like marriages. Typically you want to step away a little bit bit to have a look at the image and see what is going on on together with your particular person life, and I believe that is the place we’re all at now with Reggie. He is such an awesome dude and he is one in every of my greatest buds, so we help him in all the things he does. Nobody has a crystal ball — I do not know what’s gonna occur sooner or later — however we positively miss him out right here.”
Based on Luzier, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES bassist Roberto “Ra” Díaz, who’s filling in for Fieldy, is “doing an awesome job. He is doing a hell of a job. However there is a sound about Fieldy that isKORN,” he mentioned. “There’s that signature factor that not many bass gamers can say that. Simply that sound — you pop a KORN album on, and also you’re, like, ‘Woah.’ That bass, you are taking that out and it would not sound regular, as a result of [guitarists] Munky [James Shaffer] and Head [Brian Welch] do not sound regular, and neither does Jon [singer Jonathan Davis]. However that bass, man, it is simply main lots of these older data.”
This previous February, Welch advised Highlight Report that Fieldy was “simply taking a little bit time to be together with his household. He is a superb dad,” Welch mentioned. “He has so many youngsters. He has grownup youngsters, youngsters and younger youngsters. He’s simply taking time, and we’re giving him the time. We wish everybody to be wholesome and pleased.
“I assume we are going to go and tour this document,” Head continued, referencing KORN‘s just lately launched album “Requiem”. “I do not know much more aside from that. We love him very a lot and we hope to speak with him throughout the yr at some stage, to see the place everyone seems to be at.”
Welch beforehand addressed Fieldy‘s place in KORN throughout a November 2021 interview with U.Ok.’s Kerrang! journal. On the time, he said: “One of the best factor to do is keep at dwelling, be with your loved ones, and begin processing. He is received to seek out that therapeutic. I nonetheless wrestle with it. I had just a few slip-ups with my ‘unhealthy habits’ three to 4 years in the past, so I perceive it, however I handled it by hitting it head-on and stopping it from changing into an issue. I am not involved as a result of I do know he will be okay.”
Davis expressed a extra fearful outlook on Fieldy‘s predicament, saying: “I really like him; he is my brother. However I watched any individual I care about die and I am not going to fucking try this once more. I refuse to. I’ll really feel guilt for the remainder of my fucking life due to that. I attempted my hardest however maybe if I would been a little bit bit more durable there’d have been a special end result. I pray that he can determine it out and get higher and are available again and be an enormous a part of this band once more.”
Even though he isn’t becoming a member of his KORN bandmates on their present tour, Fieldy did play on “Requiem”.
Earlier in November, Shaffer advised “Loudwire Nights” host Toni Gonzalez about Fieldy: “Proper now he is simply taking a while to kinda determine what makes him pleased and determine his happiness and what he needs to do together with his life, I assume is one of the best ways to place it. And ensure his psychological well being is at its greatest, as a result of in case your psychological well being is not good, otherwise you’re not clear, you are gonna make unhealthy selections.
“I make an instance,” he continued. “I had my very own challenges by the years, and when you get readability, your life turns into quite a bit simpler to handle. We’re simply giving him time to, like, no stress, simply determine what you wish to do as a result of we are able to nonetheless work and we are able to nonetheless exit and tour. However we miss him. We love the man, and we would like him to only be wholesome.”
Concerning how KORN ended up recruiting Díaz to fill in for Fieldy, Welch advised 97.9 GRD: “Effectively, there’s COVID and all the things, so once we began speaking about it, it was a factor the place we needed to watch out nonetheless and whatnot. So we simply began brainstorming and hitting up pals and whatnot. We’d like the slap — we want the slap bass, we want the finger taking part in, we want somebody, ‘trigger Fieldy is exclusive — very distinctive. So it simply sort of occurred that means, man, the place Ra, he was open as a result of SUICIDAL [was] not going out [on tour] till [the following] yr. So it simply labored out, man. He got here down, we jammed. He is a extremely humble man, and simply very proficient. He can play something — from jazz to slap to something. He performed all of the songs with, like, three errors out of 10 songs or one thing — little errors. I imply, not even errors — it was simply, like, ‘I believed I heard it that means.’ They weren’t even errors. So we have been, like, ‘Okay. You bought it down.'”
A yr in the past, Fieldy broke the information of his absence from KORN‘s summer time trek, writing in a social media replace: “To all KORN followers worldwide. The previous 6 years I have been coping with some private points that at occasions have triggered me to fall again on a few of my unhealthy habits and has triggered some pressure with the folks round me. It has been recommended to me to take a while off to heal. I’ll respect what was requested of me and take that point. Sadly you’ll not see me on stage with my band. I shall be working in direction of getting the unhealthy habits out of my system. Within the meantime I shall be staying inventive to maintain my thoughts & soul in a superb place.
“I am grateful for your whole help, persistence & understanding as all of us have one thing that we cope with.
“Jonathan, Munky, Ray and Head, I really like you and I do not wish to carry any pressure or unhealthy vibes to the circle.”
A short while later, KORN‘s official social media shared Fieldy‘s assertion, together with the next message: “We love and help our brother, Fieldy. Well being and household at all times comes first.”
Again in 2017, METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo‘s then-12-year-old son Tye Trujillo crammed in on bass for KORN‘s South American tour after Fieldy was unable to make the exhibits on account of “unexpected circumstances.”
Fieldy‘s 2009 memoir, “Bought The Life: My Journey Of Habit, Religion, Restoration And Korn”, detailed his struggles with drug and alcohol dependancy throughout KORN‘s early years and the way he turned a born-again Christian to assist get his life collectively and get sober.
Fieldy‘s STILLWELL facet venture launched its third album, “Supernatural Miracle”, in September 2020.
“Requiem” was launched on February 4 by way of Loma Vista Recordings.