Former SOULFLY guitarist Marc Rizzo has commented on his recent split with the band, saying fans have been “overwhelming” in their support following his departure from the metal act.
Rizzo’s departure from SOULFLY wasn’t officially announced until Saturday (August 7), two days after it was revealed that FEAR FACTORY’s Dino Cazares would be playing guitar for the Max Cavalera fronted band on their upcoming U.S. tour.
Rizzo spoke about his split with SOULFLY in a new interview with “Rocking With Jam Man” which can be seen below.
Regarding SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera’s comment that Marc was actually fired from the band “due to personal reasons,” Rizzo said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I don’t think he really brought up dirt. It’s just history of the band; there’s always been a lot of drama. I don’t like to get into all that stuff. I like to just be honest about what the situation was and move forward, which is what I plan on doing, and letting my guitar playing and the music of my bands do all the speaking. But a thank you to the fans. I think the fans realized what was going on all these years. And the support towards me leaving has been very overwhelming. I’m very much blown away by all the love I’ve gotten from the news. So I’m moving forward. I’m a positive person. I can’t wait to get out there and hang out with all the fans and talk to everybody in person. So, a big thank you for all the love and support from the fans out there.”
Asked if he could ever see himself working with SOULFLY again, Marc replied: “You never know what the future will hold. But everything would have to change. I don’t see there being any change. So it is what it is. With [my new band] HAIL THE HORNS, we will be playing a lot of those SOULFLY songs that I’m known for. Also, with my solo project, I’ve always played SOULFLY songs in my setlist. So the fans are still gonna get that. So it’s all good.”
As for how he feels about Dino stepping in for the upcoming SOULFLY tour, Marc said: “I’ve known Dino for a long time, and I think he’s a great guitar player. He obviously has done amazing things with his career with FEAR FACTORY. He was a big influence on me. I like Dino. I think he was the obvious choice, ’cause he’s always [gotten up on stage to jam with] SOULFLY. So, good for him. I know he’s had some downtime too. So I hope he does good. I wish him the best.”