You may have remembered hearing the news back in 2005 that one of the world's most popular rock bands, Korn, was losing one of its members--to Jesus. Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch" decided that he wanted to make some major changes in his life--to get off drugs and embrace his Christian faith. Unfortunately for Korn fans, he also decided he could no longer stay in the band if he wanted to stay sober and live his faith.
Now, another member of the band, bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu has come out publically as a Christian and has co-authored a book, "Got the Life: My Journey of Addiction, Faith, Recovery, and Korn," (you can browse the book on Harper Collins' website) which was released earlier this month. However, unlike Head, Fieldy is determined to remain with the band.
In this interview with Beliefnet entertainment editor Dena Ross, Fieldy talks about what brought him to embrace Christianity, how he plans to stay sober, and Korn's response to his conversion.
Your new book begins with a vivid recounting of a night when you were drunk and physically abusive to your wife. Was that your breaking point--when you knew you had to make a really big change?
That was the beginning of my breaking point. I think it all started coming down when after seven days a week, 20 years straight of partying, my body not being able to take it anymore. And then, to top it off, things like that were happening all the time. That's one of many stories in the book. And then to really top it off, my dad goes into the hospital and dies.
Your dad was a Christian?
He walked with the Lord for 18 years.
Did you grow up in a Christian household?
Actually, we never had anything like that. Back in the day if people would even mention the name Jesus, I was like, "What? What's that?" I didn't even know. I didn't know anything.
So he became a Christian when you were older?
Yeah. I already lived on my own. But when we did hang out together, there was something about him—he had so much peace; he was just content. I liked that about him.
Now that you're a Christian, do you experience that same peace that you saw in him?
Yeah. I think I do. It's somewhat like peace, but it's not like you become a Christian and [your] problems go away. I still have my everyday struggles of life and situations that come my way. But I found the difference now is when difficult situations come my way, I'm on a strong foundation and I know how to handle the situation. I don't know how, but following and walking with Christ, He shows me how.
When exactly was the point when you decided to become a Christian?
It was probably after my dad's death. It was a slow process [that] changed me. Actually, it seems really slow, but it goes really fast—it's been three-and-a-half years. But, it was real casual and slow, and it still is today.
The only thing that really works for people is loving them where they're at. To love somebody equals time. You've got to give people time and actually hang out [with them]. I guess that's where my patience comes in. [Some people] dive in so strong and heavy that it's almost like they're using it [to] push people away. And I didn't want to do that. I wasn't trying to push people away.
Did Brian "Head" Welch [former guitarist for Korn who left the band in 2005 after becoming a Christian] play a role in your embracing Christianity?
I guess he did play a role, in a way, of me almost learning from… not really his mistakes, because that's his choices of what he wanted to do. But I don't want to have to quit Korn or do this or do that. I didn't follow his ways, and I'm glad, because I'm following the way that I've been called to follow, and he's going the way he's been called to follow. But who knows what tomorrow will bring. Head may be back rocking out with Korn [one day].
So you're still with the band, and you plan on staying with them?
Yeah. Korn's actually in the studio right now with the producer that did the first two Korn albums, Ross Robinson. We've been in for about a month—me, [guitarist] Munky and [drummer] Ray Luzier and [singer] Jonathan Davis, and we're working on a new album. We have a tour coming up April 25th, a U.S. tour. Then we take off to Europe in June for a couple of weeks.
Like I said, I was real humble, and changed by action, not by words. And action speaks louder than words, so I kind of just [became a Christian] and really never said anything.
It's funny, because Jonathan Davis would say something to somebody and he's, like, "Oh yeah, Fieldy's a Christian now," and I'm like, "I never even told you that." My actions were speaking for me. I've had a few friends do that, where I've never really said [I became a Christian].