KORN’s Brian “Head” Welch and Jonathan Davis recently spoke with Kerrang! magazine about the status of bassist, Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu.
Fieldy announced back in June that he would be sitting out of KORN’s recent tour in order to “heal” after “falling back” on some of his “bad habits.”
“The best thing to do is stay at home, be with your family, and start processing,” Head said. “He’s got to find that healing. I still struggle with it. I had a few slip-ups with my ‘bad habits’ three to four years ago, so I understand it, but I dealt with it by hitting it head-on and stopping it from becoming a problem. I’m not concerned because I know he’s going to be okay.”
Jonathan commented: “I love him; he’s my brother. But I watched somebody I care about die and I’m not going to fucking do that again. I refuse to. I will feel guilt for the rest of my fucking life because of that. I tried my hardest but perhaps if I’d been a little bit tougher there’d have been a different outcome. I pray that he can figure it out and get better and come back and be a huge part of this band again.”
Despite the fact that he didn’t join his KORN bandmates on their recent tour, Fieldy did play on the group’s upcoming album, “Requiem”, including the record’s first single “Start The Healing”, which was released earlier this month.
On June 21, Fieldy broke the news of his sitting out the band’s tour, posting to social media: “To all KORN fans worldwide. The past 6 years I’ve been dealing with some personal issues that at times have caused me to fall back on some of my bad habits and has caused some tension with the people around me. It’s been suggested to me to take some time off to heal. I’m going to respect what was asked of me and take that time. Unfortunately you will not see me on stage with my band. I will be working towards getting the bad habits out of my system. In the meantime I will be staying creative to keep my mind & soul in a good place.
“I’m thankful for all of your support, patience & understanding as we all have something that we deal with.
“Jonathan, Munky, Ray and Head, I love you and I don’t want to bring any tension or bad vibes to the circle.”
A short time later, KORN’s official social media shared Fieldy’s statement, along with the following message: “We love and support our brother, Fieldy. Health and family always comes first.”