Bobby Burns (PRIMER 55, BEAUTIFUL) has confirmed via on online posting that he is currently rehearsing with SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera as the group's temporary bassist following the sudden departure of Marcello D. Rapp, drummer Roy Mayorga, and guitarist Mike Doling. The revamped band, who are completed by guitarist Marc Rizzo (ex-ILL NINO) and drummer Joe Nunez (who played on the group's "Primitive" release and subsequent world tour), are expected to make their live debut this Thursday (September 25) at the Whiskey A-Go Go in Hollywood, California.
"Although I'm really not sure of the reasons why the other guys aren't in the band anymore, I've been friends with Max and [wife/manager] Gloria [Cavalera] for a long time now and I can't say anything bad about them," Burns writes. "Very, very nice folks, very down to earth, very loving, very caring. I just got out to [Phoenix, Arizona] yesterday [September 22] and we started rehearsing for the upcoming show and it's going great.. (the new SOULFLY songs rock ass, by the way). It makes me laugh when people think they know about someone when they don't. Max has NO ego and he's far from being stuck up. He's just very shy around people he doesn't know. That's all. He's a great guy and doesn't deserve a bad rap from anyone."
As previously reported, SOULFLY are scheduled to make the following live appearances this week:
Sep. 25 – Whiskey A-Go Go - Hollywood, CA
Sep. 26 - La Luna/Gotham - San Bernardino, CA
Sep. 27 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
The group's performance in Tempe will be part of the 7th annual D-Low (Dana Wells) Memorial Show, which has been held every year since Dana's (stepson of Max) death in August 1996. SOULFLY are also working on an on October 18 show on the Navajo Indian Reservation on for their yearly fair. Several thousand people are expected to attend. More information will be made available soon.
Cavalera is expected to begin pre-production for the group's fourth album this fall for a tentative mid-2004 release through Roadrunner Records.