Metallica bassist's 12-year-old son goes on tour with Korn

Tye Trujillo, son of Metallica's bassist Robert Trujillo, will play with Korn on Latin American dates in April.
Tye Trujillo, son of Metallica's bassist Robert Trujillo, will play with Korn on Latin American dates in April.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM METALLICA TV/YOUTUBE

NEW YORK (AFP) - Rock music has long centred around youth but metal band Korn are going to a new extreme - the 12-year-old son of Metallica's bassist is joining them on tour.

Korn said that Tye Trujillo, a bassist like his father, Robert Trujillo, will play with the band on Latin American dates this month.

The preteen will fill in for Korn's bassist, Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, 47. The band said Arvizu could not travel due to "unforeseen circumstances" but would return for United States shows next month.

"We are bummed Fieldy can't join us on this run but excited to do a few gigs with a young player like Tye," Korn said in a weekend Facebook post.

Tye Trujillo is no stranger to the stage. With flowing hair that flies as he is headbanging, he has been playing since the tender age of eight in The Helmets, a children's heavy metal band in northern California.

The elder Trujillo joined his son as a guest last year when The Helmets rocked the BottleRock Festival in California's wine-growing Napa County.

Korn, a leading force in the 1990s nu metal movement, are known for hip-hop elements and for frontman Jonathan Davis' despairing lyricism.

They kick off their Latin America tour on April 17 in Bogota and will play three dates in Brazil and one each in Buenos Aires, Santiago and Lima.

Robert Trujillo is the newest member of Metallica. He joined the legends in 2003 after a career that included playing with thrash metal group Suicidal Tendencies.