Former Soulfly Bassist Bashes Max’s Kith

Bobby Burns says the Cavalera family is not at all inclusive

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Bobby Burns, who plays in Primer 55 but once played bass for Soulfly, has slammed Max Cavalera, his brother, and pretty much everyone Max calls family in a new interview available at this location.

Burns said that he “had a very different vision of what Soulfly is in the beginning. But like with everything you soon realize what you’ve stepped in to. I honestly and would have argued that they were ‘all about family,’ ‘tribe,’ etc., etc., and all that bullshit. And they are. They truly are, if it only involves their family. I thought they were happy for me when I got married. To my face they were. I thought they were happy when my son Ryder was born. To my face, they were.”

But things weren’t kosher, Burns adds.

“In that band, there’s only one family. Theirs. It is really sad and hurtful, honestly. They had me fooled. Their old bass player had a baby and what happened? Backs were turned on him. He was accused of a bunch of bullshit that wasn’t true and all that, only to make them feel better about themselves. If you had about 900 hours, I could tell stories. But my last straw was my last show with the band.”

That happened at the Grasspop festival.

“I had my wife and son out with me for the last week of a 9-and-a-half week tour of Europe. We headlined. Shoulda been fun, right? No. [Max’s wife and manager] Gloria had me, my wife and my 5-month-old removed from the band’s two full-sized dressing rooms to a guitar tuning room so she could smoke dope with her friends and her kids. A tuning room is a small room that you can’t stretch your arms across in with no food or drinks, etc. Basically, just a chair and a fan.”

That’s when Slash stepped in.

“His dressing room was across from our ‘new’ dressing room. He was like, ‘You play in Soulfly?’ I was like, ‘Yea, man.’ ‘You rock!’ He was like, ‘Why are you guys in here?’ and I told him. He said ‘Welcome to Guns N’ Roses.’ That stuck with me and burned into my brain. It was simply the truth. But he only had one Axl to deal with. Soulfly has a wife, a husband and 9 million kids to deal with — 90-percent, with the same attitude.”

In summation, Burn said that “there’s only one family allowed in that organization and it’s not yours. They only have people play for them that are single and have no kids. Do the math. It’s there for you in black and white. Look at the history. Or read the lies they feed people. Doesn’t matter to me. I quit the day I got home from that tour and offered to do whatever shows they had booked because I didn’t want to fuck them. To retaliate they FedEx’d me a letter saying I was fired.”

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