Korn‘s co-founder and guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not play at their upcoming shows, the band announced on Thursday (Sept. 9).
“Unfortunately, Munky has tested positive for COVID. He is doing OK, but he will not be playing some of our upcoming shows,” the band’s statement read. “The tour is going on as scheduled despite these circumstances, and we are anticipating a speedy recovery. We’ll see you tonight, Utah.”
The nu metal band has recently dealt with multiple coronavirus cases in their camp, as singer Jonathan Davis tested positive in August, which caused Korn to reschedule six shows and cancel two. Guitarist Brian “Head” Welch shared an update on Davis’ health a week ago, saying the singer was still suffering from “the COVID after-effects” and is “physically weak and having a mental battle.” Korn nixed another concert hours before showtime after an unnamed individual “within the Korn camp” had tested positive.
While Davis’ positive test required Korn’s tour to juggle some dates around, this does not seem to be the case after Shaffer’s diagnosis. Korn’s scheduled stop at West Valley City, Utah, on Thursday night will go on as planned. But some fans pleaded in the comments section of Korn’s Instagram post to stop touring, and sent the musician well wishes for a speedy recovery.
See Korn’s latest update below.