Korn have found the replacement for guitarist James "Munky"Shaffer who announced his time out from the band earlier this week. According to HardDrive Radio, the nu metal band that have just started their European tour, hired Rob Patterson as their guitarist and opted Ray Luzier as their drummer, sitting for David Silveria who took an indefinite hiatus in 2006.
"Yeah, I'm the new drummer for Korn now," Luzier told Ultimate-Guitar.com. "We start in Dublin, Ireland on the 13th of this month and we have a big world tour coming up right now. We're going everywhere, all over the U.K. and we're going to go to Dubai, South Africa, Russia. It's a crazy tour." Patterson was the band's supporting guitarist during Family Value Tour 2006 while Luzier was formerly in Army of Anyone. Their status is limited to being the touring members, not the official ones. After all there is still possibility that Munky will return to the band.
On Wednesday, January 16, Korn's official website announced that Munky had to leave the band due to "personal and family reason". Reports suggested that his father is ill and that he had to be home but according to vocalist Jonathan Davis, Munky wanted the world tour that has been kicked off to go on.
Korn are up for a performance in Manchester tonight (January 19) and will conclude their tour on March 24 in Cape Town, South Africa. Davis said in an interview that the band are not considering to extend the tour after that . "After the world tour, I think we're gonna just take four months off," he said before adding "We're done and we're gonna do another record, because we've been going solid 14 years and I think me, Fieldy (bassist) and Munky really want to just take that time, get together and regroup, and do an amazing record together."