The founding member of the band has cited a fall into “bad habits” and a need for time to heal as reasons for the extended break.
As a founding member of one of heavy music’s most revolutionary bands, Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu has only twice taken a short break during his tenure as the bassist of Korn. Back in 2012, Ryan Martinie of Mudvayne took up the low end for the band and in 2017, Tye Trujillo served briefly in Fieldy’s spot.
For the first time in the band’s near three decades dominance, Fieldy has announced that he will be taking an extended hiatus from the band. In a very personal social media post, the game-changing bassist revealed that his “falling back into bad habits” have resulted in friction among his bandmates and inner circle.
The official statement from Fieldy read as follows,
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.-Fieldy
The news arrives as the band have confirmed a slew of live dates throughout the remainder of 2021 including a collection of major festival appearances at destinations like Upheaval, Rock Fest and Louder Than Life Festival. The band also has a confirmed headlining run criss-crossing the country along with Staind, ’68 and Fire From The Gods. No replacement has been announced thus far.