In a new interview with Rocking With Jam Man, longtime SOULFLY guitarist Marc Rizzo has shared some more details about his exit from the group.
Regarding SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera‘s recent comment that Marc didn’t leave the band but was actually fired “due to personal reasons,” Rizzo said: “I don’t think he really brought up dirt. It’s just history of the band; there’s always been a lot of drama. I don’t like to get into all that stuff. I like to just be honest about what the situation was and move forward, which is what I plan on doing, and letting my guitar playing and the music of my bands do all the speaking. But a thank you to the fans.
“I think the fans realized what was going on all these years. And the support towards me leaving has been very overwhelming. I’m very much blown away by all the love I’ve gotten from the news. So I’m moving forward. I’m a positive person. I can’t wait to get out there and hang out with all the fans and talk to everybody in person. So, a big thank you for all the love and support from the fans out there.”
When asked if he could ever see himself working with SOULFLY again, Marc responded: “You never know what the future will hold. But everything would have to change. I don’t see there being any change. So it is what it is. With [my new band] HAIL THE HORNS, we will be playing a lot of those SOULFLY songs that I’m known for. Also, with my solo project, I’ve always played SOULFLY songs in my setlist. So the fans are still gonna get that. So it’s all good.”
On FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazeres stepping in for upcoming SOULFLY tour, Rizzo said: “I’ve known Dino for a long time, and I think he’s a great guitar player. He obviously has done amazing things with his career with FEAR FACTORY. He was a big influence on me. I like Dino. I think he was the obvious choice, ’cause he’s always [gotten up on stage to jam with] SOULFLY. So, good for him. I know he’s had some downtime too. So I hope he does good. I wish him the best.”