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Seemingly against all odds, another Korn co-founder turns to Jesus

click to enlarge So far, only one of these three men will get into heaven.
  • So far, only one of these three men will get into heaven.

Not long ago, going on tour with Korn meant that bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu would be living the kind of existence that is the stuff of rock 'n roll lifestyle legend.

"I was the party," he says. "I was that guy."

In his newly published Got the Life: My Journey of Addiction, Faith, Recovery and Korn, Fieldy describes — in sometimes brutally honest terms — his life of drinking, drugging, sex and general excess as a member of one of the biggest bands in hard rock.

It's all changed now. He's quit drinking and doing drugs, become a Christian and gotten married, and now enjoys a stable and happy family life. The book follows in the path of Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch's 2008 memoir, Washed by Blood: Lessons from My Time with Korn and My Journey to Christ.

Welch left the band; Fieldy is staying the course. And with Korn going on tour this spring and summer, he'll be a far different person from the one whose career was launched after the band's 1993 formation in Bakersfield, Calif.

"Most of the people who come clean haven't partied as hard as I have," says Fieldy. "I'm talking 20 years, seven days a week, not a day off, from the second I wake up to going to bed."

Now Fieldy's daily routine involves a morning workout, going for a run and taking time to see the sights of whatever city Korn is visiting that day.

For Fieldy, 39, the turning point came in 2005, when his father died. Fieldy's dad had been a musician himself and was no stranger to the vices of that profession. But he had found religion and tried to get his son to do the same. Just before his death, Fieldy's father shared a final wish: that his son find salvation and leave behind his life of debauchery.

This time, the message took. Fieldy quit drinking cold turkey right after his father's funeral, embraced spirituality and in general stopped behaving like a jerk — something that was, by his own account, common when he was drunk or high.

Today, Fieldy's relationships with his bandmates, singer Jonathan Davis and guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer, seem as solid as ever. The group began work on a new CD before heading out on the current tour.

With no new CD to promote, Korn promises a career-spanning show that's low on visual flash but big on energy.

"We put together a set which is pretty much all classic songs," says Fieldy, "just because it's one of those tours where it seems perfect to play all of the classic songs everybody wants to hear."

Once the tour wraps up, Korn will return to work on the new studio album, which is being produced by Ross Robinson, the man who handled those duties on the 1994 self-titled debut and 1996's Life is Peachy. Fieldy says the new music recalls the blend of twisted, grooving metal, funk and hip-hop that characterized those first two CDs.

"We're actually doing it really raw, like down and dirty," he says. "We're doing some stuff in my garage. So it's really cool, really old school."

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