After the announcement that Korn bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu would be stepping aside to deal with some “personal issues" while Suicidal Tendencies bassist Roberto "Ra" Diaz, fills in during his absence, guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has revealed that he doesn't expect his bandmate to be out of the picture for very long.
"Fieldy is good, man. He's at home, and he's with his kids," he said during a recent interview with Tommy Carroll. "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." Welch added. "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."
"No judgment at all to anyone," Welch said. "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... I think [Fieldy] and Jonathan [Davis] and [guitarist] Munky have gone 26 years with hardly any breaks with a record cycle and a tour. I got eight years off, so I’m rested... I’m hopefully looking at Fieldy like he’s just gonna take a break and get recharged. So, we’ll see."
Welch also spoke about how Suicidal Tendencies' Ra Diaz came into the fold, saying "We need the slap, we need the slap bass, we need the finger playing, we need someone, because Fieldy is unique, very unique. So, it just kind of happened that way, man, where Ra, he was open because Suicidal is not going out until next year. I think [singer] Mike Muir has a back surgery or something this year. So, it just worked out."
Korn and Staind will be doing their part to bring music back to the seething masses post-COVID as the two bands embark on a massive North American tour that kicks off on August 5 in Florida, and wraps up several weeks later on September 23 at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, KY.