Korn’s Munky On Taylor Hawkins’ Passing, ‘Musicians Are So Sensitive’

Korn guitarist James ‘Munky’ Shaffer recently spoke to TMZ to reveal his thoughts on Taylor Hawkins‘ untimely death and linked this to musicians’ sensitivity.

On March 25, Taylor Hawkins saddened his bandmates, fans, and fellow musicians with his unexpected death. He was known as a person who brought a smile to everyone’s face with his positive energy, and due to that, everyone who was close to him had a hard time processing their grief.

Hawkins’ fans and friends paid tribute to the drummer with their social media posts following this devastating news. Stevie Nicks, for instance, wrote a poem for Hawkins and paid tribute to him during a live show, Perry Farrell posted a video to bid farewell to the drummer, and Travis Barker even got a tattoo to honor him.

TMZ recently came across Korn’s James ‘Munky’ Shaffer at Los Angeles International Airport and asked his thoughts on Hawkins’ passing. Munky stated that he feels sorry for Hawkins’ family and bandmate Dave Grohl. He then said musicians are pretty sensitive, although they might appear to have a strong persona on stage.

Moreover, Munky recalled his past struggles with substance addiction and mental health issues and said it’s hard for a musician to stay away from them. According to Munky, who has been sober for 12 years, it’s hard for a rock star to say no to using substances and partying.

Speaking to TMZ’s reporter, James ‘Munky’ Shaffer said the following:

“It’s so sad. I feel so bad for his family and his friends, and Dave Grohl. I want to send my love to Dave. They’re such great guys. And musicians are so sensitive, really. You have all this persona onstage, but…”

Asked whether constantly touring might affect musicians, Munky added:

“It can. I’ve struggled with my own addictions and mental health. It’s f*cking hard, and you get out there, and you get a lot of enablers. Especially if you deal with addiction, you have that tendency to want to go and do that. But like me, I’ve been sober for 12 years. It’s hard to say no still. Even like, ‘Aw, let’s go. We’re going to the hotel lobby and party.’ Man, I’m going to go to bed.”

You can watch the video below.