It appears that life is far from peachy for former KoRn drummer David Silveria. According to a report by TMZ on Thursday, Silveria is now suing his former bandmates.
The issues appear to stem from the band’s decision to play their debut album “KoRn” in its entirety while on tour last year to coincide with the 20th anniversary of its release. Having gone on what was described at the time as a “temporary hiatus” from the band in 2006, Silveria was not invited to play on the tour.
“I feel like it was wrong to go play this record without me, because I was just as much of a creative input as any of these guys while writing and making this record,” Silveria said in an interview with Rolling Stone in December. “So I think it was wrong to do it without me…I just think they should’ve asked me to come play the tour.”
In his lawsuit, Silveria claims that his departure was, in fact, a hiatus. When he attempted to rejoin the band, he says that he was denied. He feels that he still has an ownership stake in KoRn; and is asking a judge to force the band to disclose their profits since he left, so that he can get his rightful share.
After seeing several drummer behind the skins including Terry Bozzio from Frank Zappa’s band, Brooks Wackerman of Bad Religion and former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison; KoRn found long-term replacement for Silveria in the form of David Lee Roth’s former drummer Ray Luzier, who was named a permanent member of the group in 2009.
Guitarist Brian “Head” Welch, another founding member, rejoined KoRn in 2013 after eight years away. Apparently, Silveria was hoping to follow the leader with a similar reconciliation; but was rebuffed as the band made it clear that Luzier was “Here to Stay.”
In 2013, Silveria was critical of his former band, saying that KoRn had “lost their groove.”
“I am a funky groove drummer and Ray [Luzier] is a heavy metal drummer,” explained Silveria. “That’s why KoRn will never sound as unique as we used to.”
KoRn lead singer Jonathan Davis however, believes it was Silveria that lost something: His passion for his instrument.
“He really didn’t like playing drums,” Davis said of Silveria in an interview with The Pulse of the Radio. “The first two albums, I think, he really enjoyed playing drums and then after that he just lost his love for playing drums. It happens.”
Silveria has since resurfaced in a band called Infinika, who released their debut album “Echoes And Traces” in Sept. 2014. The band announced their breakup on their Facebook page in January. Since Silveria’s departure, KoRn has released four studio albums, as well as one live record as a part of the “MTV Unplugged” series.