Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch on Fieldy’s Hiatus: “He Just Needs Some Time Off to Reflect on Himself and His Family”

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Last month, it was announced that Korn bassist Fieldy would be stepping away from the band to focus on “getting the bad habits out of my system.” Now, in a new interview, Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch has spoken about Fieldy’s leave of absence, and made it clear that there are no hard feelings between the band and their founding bassist.

“Fieldy is good, man,” Head told Grand Rapids’ 97.9 WGRD. “He’s at home, and he’s with his kids…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…I look up to him as a dad, actually. He’s had five kids. He always says, ‘I’ve got two thousand kids,’ ’cause it feels like it some days. But he’s a good dad. 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.”

“Dude, no judgment at all to anyone,” he continued. “I was the worst with addiction…It’s all good vibes. There’s no negative vibes as far as no hard feelings on either side. So it’s all good, man.”

Check out the interview below:

Subbing in for Fieldy on Korn’s upcoming tour with Staind will be Suicidal Tendencies bassist Ra Diaz. Catch the band live at one of the following dates:

8/5 – West Palm Beach, FL @ iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
8/7 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
8/8 – Alpharetta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
8/10 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
8/11 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
8/13 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
8/14 – Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
8/17 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
8/18 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
8/20 – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
8/21 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
8/24 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater
8/25 – Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
8/27 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago
8/28 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Music Center
8/31 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/2 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
9/3 – Burgettstown, PA @ The Pavilion at Star Lake
9/5 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis
9/6 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Azura Amphitheater
9/9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
9/11 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/12 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
9/14 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
9/15 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
9/18 – Austin, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater
9/19 – Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
9/21 – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion
9/23 – Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life *
10/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Banc of California Stadium ^
10/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Banc of California Stadium ^

* = Festival date
^ = Korn with System of a Down and Faith No More (no Staind)

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Words by Chris Krovatin