Back in June, Korn bassist Fieldy revealed that he would be taking some time away from the band to get “the bad habits out of [his] system.” Now, in a recent interview, guitarist Brian “Head” Welch and James “Munky” Shaffer have given an update on their bandmate, saying that though they miss him, his mental health is their #1 priority.
“I mean, right now he’s just taking some time to kinda figure out what makes him happy and figure out his happiness and what he wants to do with his life, I guess is the best way to put it,” said Munky while speaking to Loudwire Nights. “And make sure his mental health is at its best, because if your mental health isn’t good, or you’re not clear, you’re gonna make bad choices.”
“I make an example. I had my own challenges through the years, and once you get clarity, your life becomes a lot easier to manage,” he continued. “We’re just giving him time to like, no pressure, just figure out what you want to do because we can still work and we can still go out and tour. But we miss him. We love the guy, and we want him to just be healthy.”
Earlier this week, Korn dropped a new single titled “Start the Healing,” which could easily be seen as a response or reference to Fieldy’s time off. But Munky made it clear that while the track and its message could definitely apply to Fieldy, it has a broader appeal across the board.
“I think that the title of the song is so appropriate for the time we’re all in,” said Munky. “Because everybody just needs a little healing right now, whether it’s mental health or physical health. And hey, we’re not getting any younger.”
Listen to “Start the Healing” below:
Korn’s new album Reqiuem drops February 4th, 2022, and is available for preorder. Check out the cover art and tracklisting below:
2. Let the Dark Do the Rest
3. Start The Healing
4. Lost in the Grandeur
6. Hopeless and Beaten
7. Penance to Sorrow
8. My Confession
9. Worst Is On Its Way
Words by Chris Krovatin