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Watch 12-year-old Tye Trujillo’s debut as Korn’s new bassist

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Tom Mendelsohn
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Remember Korn? Their weird, terrible dreadlocks? The bagpipes? Nu-metal might have fallen off the radar as the greebos grew up, but it never truly went away, and apparently nor did Korn, a band who have somehow sold more than 35 million records since 1994 and won two separate Grammys.

Amazingly, even though, like white dogshit, you never really see moshers in town any more, bands like Korn are still selling out arenas across the world.

The vicissitudes of age are beginning to catch up with them, however. They’ve been forced to kick off their new South American tour this week without their longtime bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, picking a surprising candidate to replace him: Tye Trujillo, the 12-year-old son of Metallica’s Robert Trujillo.

Now, footage has emerged of their first show in Bogota with the temporary lineup. We’re pleased to announce that the kid can play:

Kicking off our Latin American tour in Bogota with Tye Trujillo.We love you, Colombia!Tickets: Korn.com/tour

Posted by Korn on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

There’s also some less incredible amateur footage of Trujillo – who, presumably when he isn’t doing his school homework, plays in a band of his own called the Helmets – doing his thing. 

We’re not sure whether he fits in so well because he’s a good bassist, or because Korn’s basslines aren’t complex, but either way good on the kid.

Of course, the best thing of all about this whole situation is how shiny Tye’s hair is. If the nu-metal revival doesn’t come to much, he’s got a grand future ahead of himself as a Loreal model.