Korn bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu took to Facebook on Monday to let fans know he’s taking a break from the band to work on some “bad habits.”
In a letter addressed “To all Korn fans worldwide,” Fieldy said he was asked to “take some time off to heal” and said he’s going to “respect what was asked of me and take that time.”
“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,” Fieldy wrote. “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.”
He thanked fans for their “support, patience & understanding” and told his bandmates Jonathan Davis, James “Munky” Shaffer, Ray Luzier and Brian “Head” Welch: “I love you and I don’t want to bring any tension or bad vibes to the circle.”
Arvizu is a founding member of the California nu-metal band, appearing on every album starting with Korn’s 1993 debut.
Korn have tour dates lined up starting July 16 in Grand Rapids, Michigan — including a stint with Staind through the fall — as well as European festival appearances scheduled as far out as summer 2022. There’s no word yet on who will replace Fieldy on bass for the tour dates.
Read Fieldy’s full message below: