Korn drummer says David Lee Roth taught him to be a performer
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Before he joined Korn as their permanent drummer in 2007, Ray Luzier spent eight years behind the kit in Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth‘s solo band. Asked about his memories of playing with Roth, Luzier told the Working Drummer podcast, “I love the guy to death, and he taught me so much about the entertainment business — not just being a drummer, but being a performer in a band.”
Luzier continued, “He was, like, ‘Luzier, people pay good money to see you. Don’t just sit back there like you’re waiting for the bus. Give ’em a show.’ He would say stuff like that. He would always give me little pointers here and there. He’s the one that kind of got me more into the visual aspect of playing. And people do watch the drummer.”
- Luzier got the gig with Roth in 1997, saying that he asked the singer if he wanted Luzier to play the drum parts for Van Halen songs and his own solo tracks exactly like they sounded on the records.
- Luzier recalled, “Dave was really cool. He says, ‘Hey, man, of course honor the record and the parts, but I want Ray Luzier in the band.’ And that’s a really flattering thing, because I have some friends out there who are playing arenas right now that have to play exactly note for note like the record . . . So that was pretty cool of Dave, letting me do what I want.”
- Luzier has been a member of Korn since early 2008, playing his first show with the band in January of that month. He joined the group following the departure of founding drummer David Silveria and a string of touring stickmen, becoming a full-time member in 2009.
- He has played on the last four studio albums from the group, including 2016’s The Serenity Of Suffering.
DID YOU KNOW? Luzier also played in the band Army Of Anyone with Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo, plus Filter frontman Richard Patrick.