Zyon Cavalera Says Soulfly Paid Marc Rizzo “A Large Sum of Money in February 2021”

  • Axl Rosenberg

Soulfly drummer Zyon Cavalera (who is also, as you may have guessed from his last name, the son of Soulfly mastermind Max Cavalera and Soulfly manager Gloria Cavalera) has weighed in on the band’s recent split with longtime guitarist Marc Rizzo, alleging that despite Rizzo’s claims, the band did, indeed, offer him support during the pandemic. Furthermore, Zyon says, Rizzo’s anger largely stems from the guitarist’s own failure to take advantage of the governmental programs created to aid people financially during the lockdown.

Writing on Instagram Stories yesterday (August 18), Zyon said:

“This is for anyone who doesn’t understand how the music business works. During the pandemic, independent contractors [most musicians] were able to receive grants and such thru the govt. My band’s guitar player didn’t file that paperwork for some reason and now is trying to drag my family name thru the mud and play the victim. There’s alot of people buying into that.

“Now that the dust is settled if anyone has any questions feel free to DM me LOL.

“Dude got salty cuz he didn’t fill out the paperwork and blamed us for it. And we paid him a large sum of money in February 2021 to record a new record. So how did we not help him thru the pandemic?”

That’s… a valid point. Although whether it was Rizzo’s responsibility to file that paperwork or someone in the Soulfly camp’s comes down to how the guitarist was being designated and paid within the band, until Rizzo says otherwise, we can assume that Zyon is correct and that Rizzo dropped the ball.

Still, Zyon is obviously bothered by all the negative press surrounding the split, because he later wrote “This media shit is not for me, I’m going back into hiding,” and shared this clip from Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back “for all you lil keyboard warriors”:

Zyon Cavalera Says Soulfly Paid Marc Rizzo “A Large Sum of Money in February 2021”

While we wait for the next exciting development in this month’s most captivating metal drama, here are Soulfly’s upcoming tour dates, which will feature Fear Factory’s Dinzo Cazares on guitar in place of Rizzo:

8/20/2021  Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM ** [tickets]
8/21/2021  Marquis Theater – Denver, CO ** [tickets]
8/22/2021  Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO ** [tickets]
8/24/2021  Wave Outdoors – Wichita, KS ** [tickets]
8/25/2021  The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS ** [tickets]
8/26/2021  Red Flag – St. Louis, MO ** [tickets]
8/27/2021  Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN ** [tickets]
8/28/2021  Metal In The Mountains @ Pipestem Event Center – Pipestem, WV ** [tickets]
8/29/2021  Skully’s – Columbus, OH ** [tickets]
8/30/2021  Rec Room – Buffalo, NY ** [tickets]
8/31/2021  Crafthouse – Pittsburgh, PA ** [tickets]
9/01/2021  Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY ** [tickets]
9/02/2021  Alchemy – Providence, RI ** [tickets]
9/03/2021  Alchemy – Providence, RI ** [tickets]
9/04/2021  The Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY ^ [tickets]
9/05/2021  Diesel Concert Lounge – Chesterfield, MI ^ [tickets]
9/06/2021  WC Social Club – West Chicago, IL ^ [tickets]
9/07/2021  Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN ^ [tickets]
9/08/2021  Diamond Pub Concert Hall – Louisville, KY ^ [tickets]
9/09/2021  Zydeco – Birmingham, AL ^ [tickets]
9/11/2021  Warlando Festival – Orlando, FL * [tickets]
9/12/2021  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA ^ [tickets]
9/14/2021  Scout Bar – Houston, TX ^ [tickets]
9/15/2021  Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX ^ [tickets]
9/16/2021  Trees – Dallas, TX ^ [tickets]
9/17/2021  Country River Club – Tyler, TX ^ [tickets]
9/18/2021  Vibes Event Center – San Antonio, TX ^ [tickets]
9/19/2021  Rockhouse Bar & Grill – El Paso, TX^ [tickets]
9/21/2021  Encore – Tucson, AZ * [tickets]
9/22/2021  Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA * [tickets]
9/23/2021  Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA * [tickets]
9/24/2021 The Whisky – Los Angeles, CA  * [tickets]
9/25/2021 Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ+ [tickets]
* = No Support
** – 8/20 – 9/3 – Niviane
^ – 9/4 – 9/19 – Suicide Puppets


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