Original Korn drummer David Silveria is suing his former bandmates, according to TMZ.com. Silveria claims that his 2006 exit from the group was merely a hiatus and that he was rebuffed when he tried to return to the band in 2013. Silveria says he still has ownership interest in Korn and is asking a judge to force the band to reveal how much money they've made since he left so that he can get his rightful share.
Silveria is said to be especially upset over the fact that Korn welcomed back guitarist Brian "Head" Welch two years ago but wouldn't do the same for him. Welch left the group in 2005 and continued as a solo artist before rejoining in 2013.
- Silveria told Rolling Stone magazine in December that he felt it was "wrong" for Korn to play its self-titled debut album without him on its current tour, saying that he had "just as much of a creative input as any of (the other) guys while writing and making (the) record."
- Korn has been celebrating the 20th anniversary of its first CD by performing the record in its entirety at select gigs.
- After his departure from Korn, Silveria retired to Huntington Beach, California and opened a restaurant.
- Korn singer Jonathan Davis told us that he believed Silveria had lost his passion for playing music, saying, "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 told fans in 2013 that Korn was not the same since he left, saying, "Until they have the real 'funky drummer' it's just not gonna groove the way it could. I've made it clear that I would come back and restore the groove."