Korn Guitarist Forced to Miss Upcoming Tour Stops Over Health-Related Issue

by Anna Dunn

James “Munky” Shaffer, a guitarist for Korn, will have to miss multiple tour stops after contracting COVID-19. This comes after their tour has faced multiple bumps in the road. The Instagram page for the band says he is doing alright.

“Unfortunately, Munkey has tested positive for COVID,” Korn shared in a statement on their Instagram. “He is doing ok, but will not be playing some of our upcoming shows. The tour is going on as scheduled despite these circumstances, and we are anticipating a speedy recovery.”

The further health and safety protocols made to ensure none of the band members could potentially have COVID are unclear, but another band member tested positive for the virus three weeks ago.

Shaffer is not the First Member of Korn to Contract COVID-19

Singer Jonathan Davis came down with the virus, which caused multiple tour dates to get rescheduled.

“Unfortunately, there has been a confirmed COVID-19 case within the Korn camp,” the band wrote in another Instagram post.

“The safety of our artists, crew, venue staff, and fans are our top priority, so we must postpone the show tonight.” The statement said, “We’re deeply sorry for this unfortunate last-minute news, but please hold on to your tickets while we work to get your rescheduled date sorted ASAP with Live Nation and the Pavilion at Montage Mountain.” 

They concluded by telling fans to “stay safe out there” and that they’ll “be back soon.”

Davis is reportedly fully vaccinated and is a part of a concerning trend of “breakthrough cases” that are occurring due to the Delta variant. According to the CDC, The Delta variant is up to 2x more contagious than previous variants of the virus.

Apparently, the Korn singer still struggles with some of the after-effects. According to Blabbermouth, Davis came back with a bang.

“It feels so good to be back, y’all. Some of you might know, some of you don’t, but I’m recovering. I got COVID, and that s—- kicked my motherf—— ass,” he told a crowd at a September 3rd concert. “But I decided I’m not gonna f—— cancel. … So I might be standing up, I might be sitting in my chair, but I’m gonna give you a hundred motherf—— percent. So let’s scream and have a good motherf——- time tonight.”

During his first concert back, he reportedly took hits from an oxygen tank between songs.

Korn’s next planned tour dates are Saturday, September 11th in Mountain View, California, and on September 18th in Austin, Texas.