KORN‘s touring bassist Roberto “Ra” Díaz celebrated his thirty eighth birthday onstage through the band’s headlining live performance Tuesday evening (March 15) at Large Heart in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Video footage and images of the celebration — which included Díaz getting pied within the face — might be discovered beneath.
A member of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES since 2016, Díaz is filling in for KORN‘s authentic bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu who introduced final June that he would sit out the band’s tour dates in an effort to “heal” after “falling again” on a few of his “dangerous habits.”
Concerning how KORN ended up recruiting Díaz to fill in for Fieldy, guitarist Brian “Head” Welch informed 97.9 GRD: “Properly, there’s COVID and every part, so once we began speaking about it, it was a factor the place we wished to watch out nonetheless and whatnot. ‘Trigger it was a pair, a couple of months in the past or no matter. So we simply began brainstorming and hitting up pals and whatnot. We want the slap — we’d like the slap bass, we’d like the finger taking part in, we’d like 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 isn’t going out till . I believe Mike Muir has a again surgical procedure or one thing this 12 months. So it simply labored out, man. He got here down, we jammed. He is a very 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.'”
Along with taking part in with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, Díaz has been a part of a number of recording tasks, together with a RUSH covers EP that he recorded through the pandemic with Charlie Benante, Brandon Yeagley and Alex Skolnick. Díaz was additionally concerned within the making of Benante‘s covers album “Silver Linings” which was accomplished absolutely remotely through the pandemic in 2020.
Final month, KORN guitarist Brian “Head” Welch informed Highlight Report that Fieldy was “simply taking a bit time to be along with his household. He is a good dad,” Welch stated. “He has so many children. He has grownup children, youngsters and younger children. He’s simply taking time, and we’re giving him the time. We wish everybody to be wholesome and completely happy.
“I suppose we are going to go and tour this file,” Head continued, referencing KORN‘s not too long ago launched album “Requiem”. “I do not know much more apart from that. We love him very a lot and we hope to speak with him through the 12 months 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.Okay.’s Kerrang! journal. On the time, he acknowledged: “The most effective factor to do is keep at house, be with your loved ones, and begin processing. He is obtained to search out that therapeutic. I nonetheless battle with it. I had a couple of slip-ups with my ‘dangerous 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’ll be okay.”
KORN singer Jonathan Davis expressed a extra nervous outlook on Fieldy‘s predicament, saying: “I like him; he is my brother. However I watched someone I care about die and I am not going to fucking do 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 bit bit harder there’d have been a special consequence. 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.”
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