Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch spoke to Kerrang! Radio about the status of the band’s bassist, Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu.
Fieldy announced in June 2021 that he would sit out Korn’s ongoing tour in order to “heal” after “falling back” on some of his “bad habits.”
Welch said about Fieldy:
“We’ve been in contact with him. I just e-mailed him the other day. So we’re gonna get together and talk to him, see how he’s doing, see where his head is at, after this tour. Me and Munk [guitarist James ‘Munky’ Shaffer] were just talking about it. We love him, we’ve been in communication with him, and we’ll see.”
Recently, Korn drummer Ray Luzier said in an interview, that Fieldy is
“…doing good. He’s our brother. We love him. We support him 110 percent,” he said. “Bands are like marriages. Sometimes you need to step away a little bit to look at the picture and see what’s going on with your individual life, and I think that’s where we’re all at now with Reggie. He’s such a great dude and he’s one of my best buds, so we support him in everything he does. No one has a crystal ball — I don’t know what’s gonna happen in the future — but we definitely miss him out here.”
Welch said that Fieldy was “just taking a little time to be with his family. He is a great dad,” Welch said. “He has so many kids. He has adult kids, teenagers and young kids. He is just taking time, and we are giving him the time. We want everyone to be healthy and happy.
Frontman Jonathan Davis expressed a more serious take on Fieldy’s situation, saying:
“I love him; he’s my brother. But I watched somebody I care about die and I’m not going to fucking do that again. I refuse to. I will feel guilt for the rest of my fucking life because of that. I tried my hardest but perhaps if I’d been a little bit tougher there’d have been a different outcome. I pray that he can figure it out and get better and come back and be a huge part of this band again.”
A year ago, Fieldy broke the news of his absence from Korn’s summer trek, writing in a social media update:
“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.”
A short time later, Korn’s social media shared Fieldy’s statement, and the following message: “We love and support our brother, Fieldy. Health and family always comes first.”
Korn’s Requiem was released on February 4 via Loma Vista Recordings.