CEREAL guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer spoke with host “Loudwire Nights”. Toni Gonzalez about the current status of the band’s bassist, Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu. Fieldy announced in June that he would be sitting outside CEREAL‘s recent tour to “cure” after “falling back” on some of his “bad habits”.
“Right now he’s taking some time to figure out what makes him happy and find out his happiness, and what he wants to do with his life, I think is the best way to say it.” Munky said. “And make sure his mental health is best, because if your mental health is not good or you are not ready, you will make bad choices.
“I’m making an example,” he continued. “I’ve had my own challenges over the years, and once you get clarity, your life becomes a lot easier to manage. We just give him time for such 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 be just healthy.”
Despite the fact that he did not join his CEREAL bandmates on their latest tour, Fieldy played on the group’s upcoming album, “Requiem”, including the first single “Start healings”, which was released earlier this week.
Back in July, CEREAL guitarist Brian “Hoved” Welch told 97.9 GRD radio station that Fieldy had it “good” and spent time with his children. “I would say that FieldyHe’s a good dad, “Welch said.” He’s a good guy, and he’s structured his life. The bad habits he talked about in the press – everyone has their problems in life. But he wants to work on them in his own way. But that guy is – I actually look up to him as a father. He has had five children. He always says, ‘I have two thousand children’ because it feels like it some days. But he is a good father. He’s been through a lot, man, personally, and he just needs a little free time to reflect on himself and his family. That is it.”
Which went on to say that everyone in CEREAL the camp is still on good terms with Fieldy and they are all looking forward to him returning to the band in the not too distant future.
“Dude, no verdict at all to anyone,” he said. “I was the worst with addiction. So it’s not like that. It’s all good vibes. There are no negative vibes, as far as no hard feelings on either side. So it’s all good, man.
“I think [Fieldy] and Jonathan [Davis, vocals] and Munky has gone 26 years with almost no breaks, man – with a record cycle and a tour. I have eight years off, so I am rested. And I’ll be back. I’m hopefully looking at Fieldy as if he’s just taking a break, man, and getting charged. So we’ll see. “
In terms of how CEREAL ended up recruiting Roberto “Ra” Diaz (SUICIDE TENDENCIES) to fill in for Fieldy, Which told 97.9 GRD: “Well, there is COVID and everything, so when we started talking about it, it was one thing where we still wanted to be careful and what was not. Because it was a couple, a few months ago or whatever preferably. So we just started brainstorming and beating friends and stuff. We need the slap – we need the slap bass, we need finger play, we need someone, for Fieldy is unique – very unique. So it just happened like that, man, where Out, he was open due to Suicide must not go out until next year. I think Mike Muir have a back operation or something this year. So it just went, man. He came down, we jammed. He is a really humble guy, and just very talented. He can play everything – from jazz to slap to anything. He played all the songs with three errors out of 10 songs or something – small errors. I mean, not even wrong – it was just, “I thought I heard it that way.” They were not even wrong. So we were like, ‘Okay. You got it down. ‘”
June 21st Fieldy told the news of his absence from the trip and wrote in an update on social media: “To all CEREAL fans worldwide. For the last 6 years I have been dealing with some personal issues which at times have made me fall back on some of my bad habits and have caused some tension with people around me. It has been suggested to me to take some time off to heal. I will respect what was asked of me and take that time. Unfortunately, you will not see me on stage with my band. I want to work on getting the bad habits out of my system. In the meantime, I want to stay creative to keep my mind and soul in a good place.
“I’m grateful for all your support, patience and understanding as we all have something to do.
“Jonathan, Munky, Ray and Main“I love you and I do not want to bring any tension or bad vibes to the circle.”
Shortly afterwards, CEREAL‘s official social media shared Fieldys statement, along with the following message: “We love and support our brother, Fieldy. Health and family always come first. “
Back in 2017, METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillohis then 12-year-old son Tye trujillo filled in on bass for CEREAL‘s South American tour after Fieldy was unable to do the shows due to “unforeseen circumstances.”
Fieldymemories from 2009, “Got The Life: My Journey Of Addiction, Faith, Recovery And Korn”, detailed his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction below CEREALs early years, and how he became a born-again Christian to help bring his life together and become sober.
Fieldy‘s STILL GOOD side project released their third album, “Supernatural Miracle”, in September 2020.
“Requiem” will be released on February 4, 2022 via Loma Vista Recordings.