Soulfly’s Max Cavalera has officially confirmed that Marc Rizzo is no longer a member of the band. The frontman says the guitarist was fired “due to personal reasons.”
Cavalera said the following during a new episode of his “Max Trax” series:
“Right now, for the tribe, I wanna address something that is going on with SOULFLY. 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.”
He also added the following about recruiting Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares for their upcoming tour:
“I’m very excited that we’re bringing our friend Dino to play guitar with us for the next U.S. tour,” he said. “The show must go on. Dino is an O.G riffmaster. One of my favorite riff [writers]… He’s on ‘Eye For An Eye’ [a song from the first SOULFLY album]; that’s how long me and Dino go back. I got them signed; FEAR FACTORY, I got them signed [to Roadrunner Records], because I loved their demo so much and I showed it to Monte [Conner, former Roadrunner A&R executive].
Dino’s gonna come here [to Phoenix, Arizona to rehearse with the band]. We’re gonna start practicing. We might even throw a couple of Dino classics in there for the set for you guys. And we’re playing a brand new SOULFLY song for the future for the next record; we’re gonna play it on this next tour. So be there to watch two legends, Max Cavalera and Dino Cazares, on a stage together. It’s gonna be a sick tour starting August 20th.”
As previously reported, Rizzo will now be focusing on several other projects.