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Korn’s Head Says Fieldy “Needs Some Time Off to Reflect on Himself and His Family”

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Korn bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu announced in June that he’d be sitting out the band’s summer tour, citing “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.” The band’s guitarist, Brian “Head” Welch, has now explained a bit more about what Fieldy is dealing with, although only in general terms.

Speaking to radio station WGRD in Grand Rapids, MI, Head explained that the primary purpose of Fieldy’s hiatus is so the bassist can focus on his family:

“Fieldy is good, man. He’s at home, and he’s with his kids. I wanna say that Fieldy’s a good dad. He’s a good dude, and he has his life structured. The bad habits he talked about in the press — everyone has their issues in life. But those he’ll work on in his own way. But that dude is — I look up to him as a dad, actually. He’s had five kids. He always says, ‘I’ve got two thousand kids,’ ’cause it feels like it some days. But he’s a good dad. He’s gone through a lot, man, personally, and he just needs some time off to reflect on himself and his family. That’s it.”

Welch added to Fieldy’s own claim that “bad habits” were to blame, implying that some sort of “addiction” might be a factor:

“Dude, no judgment at all to anyone. I was the worst with addiction. So, it’s nothing like that. It’s all good vibes. There’s no negative vibes as far as no hard feelings on either side. So it’s all good, man.

“I think [Fieldy] and Jonathan [Davis, vocals] and Munky [James Shaffer, guitar] have gone 26 years with hardly any breaks, man — with a record cycle and a tour. I got eight years off, so I’m rested. And I come back. I’m hopefully looking at Fieldy like he’s just gonna take a break, man, and get recharged. So we’ll see.”

Here is Fieldy’s full initial statement in June:

“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.

The band responded in kind, saying simply:

“We love and support our brother, Fieldy. Health and family always comes first.⁣”

You can watch the new interview with Head below.

Here are the band’s upcoming tour dates:

Aug. 05 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre [tickets]
Aug. 07 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds [tickets]
Aug. 08 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre [tickets]
Aug. 10 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek [tickets]
Aug. 11 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live [tickets]
Aug. 13 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion [tickets]
Aug. 14 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain [tickets]
Aug. 17 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater [tickets]
Aug. 18 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center [tickets]
Aug. 20 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre [tickets]
Aug. 21 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center [tickets]
Aug. 24 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater [tickets]
Aug. 25 – Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview [tickets]
Aug. 27 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL [tickets]
Aug. 28 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center [tickets]
Aug. 31 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre [tickets]
Sep. 02 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center [tickets]
Sep. 03 – Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake [tickets]
Sep. 05 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO [tickets]
Sep. 06 – Bonner Springs, KS – Azura Amphitheater [tickets]
Sep. 09 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre [tickets]
Sep. 11 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre [tickets]
Sep. 12 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre [tickets]
Sep. 14 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion [tickets]
Sep. 15 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater [tickets]
Sep. 18 – Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater [tickets]
Sep. 19 – Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman [tickets]
Sep. 21 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion [tickets]
Sep. 23 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life* [tickets]

* Festival date

[via Blabbermouth]

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