Soulfly Part Ways With Guitarist Marc Rizzo ‘Due to Personal Reasons’
Soulfly have parted ways with guitarist Marc Rizzo after 18 years. According to Max Cavalera, Soulfly let Rizzo go from the band for “personal reasons.”
Last week, it was announced that Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares would be playing guitar for Soulfly on their upcoming U.S. tour. An official statement regarding Rizzo’s role in the band wasn’t made until yesterday (Aug. 8) when Max Cavalera spoke about his longtime guitarist on a Facebook livestream.
"Right now, for the tribe, I wanna address something that is going on with Soulfly,” Cavalera began. “Of course, it's about Marc Rizzo. He did not leave the band. We decided to part ways with him due to personal reasons. I wish Marc the best on his career. I wanna thank Marc for the 18 years with Soulfly."
On Aug. 6, Rizzo spoke about his future plans in music. “I’m just going full forward with my solo project. It's just better for me. It's more of a healthier environment for me and my family. And being home more, and do my solo project, which I'm super stoked about. I've also got [my new band] Hail the Horns. We're releasing the video that we did for a KISS cover today. I've got Revenge Beast. I've got Acoustic Vendetta. Things are good. And I'm doing a lot of good shit. I'm going full forward with my solo project. That's really where my heart is at, where I get my writing credit, where I get credit for my work and all my hard work gets proper credit. It's a healthier environment." [via Blabbermouth]
Soulfly’s 2021 tour is currently scheduled to begin Aug. 20 in Albuquerque, N.M. Due to a spike in COVID-19 delta variant cases in the United States, various tours have been canceled. Stay tuned for updates as concert news continues to get announced.