Max Cavalera Doesn’t Know Who Will Play Second Guitar On Soulfly’s Upcoming US Tour

MAX CAVALERA Doesn't Know Who Will Play Second Guitar On SOULFLY's Upcoming US Tour

POOR chieftain Max Cavalera says he doesn’t know yet who will play second guitar for the band when it launches its US tour next month. The 35-day trek begins on February 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada, making stops in Seattle, Minneapolis, Nashville, and Baton Rouge, among others, before concluding in Gallup, New Mexico on March 19. POOR will be on selected dates 200 STITCHES.

In August, POOR said goodbye to old guitarist Marc Rizzo due to personal differences. A permanent replacement guitarist has not yet been announced. FEAR FACTORY‘s Dino Cazares played guitar for POOR on the band’s final US tour which took place in August and September.

Earlier today (Friday 14 January) Max participated in Weather Zippo‘s “Art of the Rock” livestream series and talked about POORupcoming tour. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “At the moment we don’t know who will play guitar for POOR. So I think we’ll just keep doing that – just invite some really cool friends like [Dino]. It’s so cool that we have such amazing friends in the industry. that you can call dinosaur on and it is available. So [it’s] just really great.

“We don’t know who we’ll be using for this next tour – we’re still working on that – but that was so much fun, man, because dinosaur… We grew up together,” Max continued. “I was a huge” FEAR FACTORY fan. I helped them draw [to Roadrunner]. And then of course he continues ‘An eye for an eye’ on the first POOR [album]; he plays guitar on it. So when we invited him to do that tour, it was a perfect match. And the fans, they lost their shit. It was so cool. Sometimes I stayed on the bus and watched dinosaur get off the bus and he would just be harassed; 10 kids would just surround him. I was like, ‘Oh, this is cool, man. Here’s what’s going on. This is some real metal shit in here.'”

Rizzo spoke his split with POOR in an interview with “The ex-husband” podcast hosted by Doc Coyle (BAD WOLVES). Speaking of the circumstances that led to his departure from the band, Rizzo said: “There’s obviously a lot of confusion there. Everyone knows the history of the band – a lot of confusion. That’s all right – there’s confusion everywhere in this world. But I definitely did more than what I [was] get off, of course, and I think the fans recognized that. They see that the live show changed in that, the records in that. It’s pretty obvious what was going on. I have hundreds of fans who understand me here online every day. It is what it is. It’s the politics of the band. Are Max‘s [Cavalera, SOULFLY frontman] band – that’s definitely his thing. Did I do more as the years went on? Absolute. And of course you can see that in live shows. The live show is right in front of you – in black and white – what was going on. So, when this whole [pandemic] hit it was just 18 yrs later and i’m working a day job now, and i wasn’t really getting good advice, per se, as to what to do, as far as certain things and how to get loans [from the government] or whatever it was. I’ve been trying to request those things. I took the information that was given to me, and none of it made sense. I couldn’t think of anything. I tried to request some of these things, but I couldn’t figure it out. So the other two guys in the band – Max and Zyon [Cavalera, SOULFLY drummer] – have any loan [to help them financially during the pandemic] is beyond me. If I can’t figure it out, I’m sure they couldn’t figure it out. So there must have been some sort of band accountant or someone who did things [for them].”

Marc went on to say that his working relationship with POOR just “walked its course. Honestly, I think I stayed too long,” he said. “I probably should have stopped – I wanted to stop for about five hours” [or] six years ago. Then it started to go downhill in my opinion. There’s a lot of things that are just plain, again, when you watch the live show that I’m not even whining about – the fans are talking about it. When you go to a message board, the fans are always talking about the same things about the live show. I think I probably should have split five or six years ago. But I felt bad, and I felt I had some loyalty to everyone and I didn’t want to leave anyone hanging. Obviously I had a big part in the riffs in the live show and on the records. But luckily everything went as it went. COVID has opened my eyes to a lot of things and I’m in a much better place now.”

In August, Max told Metal Kaoz that Marc has spewed “lies and nonsense” in some of his recent interviews about his departure from POOR. “All these accusations – it hurts,” he said. “It hurts to hear. After all we’ve done for him, which was a lot – we put him on all the records and we’ve always looked after him really well, always treated him very, very well. To hear him bully us like that it’s just no fun he’s obviously trying to get fans to be against me and make him a victim… it just sucks to hear all that it sure hurts me when i see all these accusations hear what I know to be lies and bullshit; it’s all made up by his crazy mind. I don’t know. It’s a strange situation.”

He added: “I don’t want to make it ugly. I don’t want to talk bad about him; I really don’t. Of course I don’t like those accusations, and it’s bullshit, but he has the right to say anything But I think we’ve treated him really well all these years. We’ve put him on the map quite a bit. When he joined the band, not many people knew him. A little bit of gratitude would have been nice, Because even on ‘Max Trax’ [Cavalera‘s twice-weekly Internet video series in which he discusses the inspiration for many of the songs spanning his nearly 40-year music career], when I said I fired him, I thanked him for the 18 years of POOR, and I said good luck with his projects. I am not bitter. I don’t want to be a bitter man.”

Rizzo joined POOR in 2004, and has since appeared on all of the band’s subsequent records, including: “Prophecy” (2004), “Middle Ages” (2005), “To transport” (2008), “omen” (2010), “slaved” (2012), “wild ones” (2013), “Archangel” (2015) and “Ritual” (2018). 2007, Rizzo joined CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, the side project of GRAF co-founders, brothers Max and Igor Cavalera, and has performed on all CAVALERA CONSPIRACY releases including: “inflicted”, “blunt force trauma”, “Pandemonium” and the critically acclaimed LP from 2017 “Psychosis”.

Max and his bandmates have been working on the 2018 successor for the past few months “Ritual” Bee Platinum underground in Phoenix, Arizona with producer Arthur Rizko, who has previously worked with CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, POWER TRIP and CODE AMBER.

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