Friday, March 16, 2018


Several years ago I did my first show at the Navajo Nation, in Tuba City, Arizona at the Warrior Pavilion. It was during the Navajo Fair. I recall in those days the advertising was spray painted on a sheet and hung on a fence on the side of the road! The town was small, with no fast food restaurants and tiny motels. It’s come a long way.

Since then, I have returned many times. I even met the Navajo Codetalkers at a show! Max has appeared at the Toys For Tots event at the high school, sang with a Navajo band at the Rock the Canyon weekend, done a meet and greet with our son, Igor, to raise money for medical bills of a local family and we were even blessed with a Navajo blessing!! That night Igor sang Roots with his Pops,a super memorable evening!

We have made it a point to take our grandkids to the Nation. I am a firm believer in knowing the world’s history and America’s is a complicated past. It’s easy to weave fun with education and I am always trying to leave the young minds full of information. Good Life Decisions blend hand in hand with knowledge and experience, so I try to provide as much interaction as I can and still keep things fun!

We call the Navajo Vice President Johnathan Nez a friend. He has made it a point to reach out and often pays a visit to us when we are in Tuba City. I have a hope to work with him in the next couple years on a project that as yet is still a dream in planning. When Max recently recorded percussion with some locals, the VP stopped by. You guessed it!! There will be some Navajo surprises on the upcoming Soulfly 11!!

If you get the chance to travel to the Grand Canyon or Monument Valley, don’t forget Tuba City! Fry bread, local souvenirs and T Rex tracks await you!!!!

Class dismissed......

Friday, March 9, 2018


Last year, Max started painting Zyon's used drumheads in the back lounge of the bus. I am not sure if you all know, but Max is a talented artist in many ways, at painting,as well as riffing, and lyrically. He is a rarity in music with a slew of reputable bands under his wing...the originator and writer of the original Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and Killer Be Killed. Not many artists with such a roster!!! A couple years ago when he started painting his jackets, I asked him to paint baby onesies. They flew out of the merch booth as fast as he could paint them. Next he graduated to the very limited line of Buffalo leather vests. If you were lucky enough to grab one of those, many have been framed by now and occasionally someone wears them to the show and gets Max's attention.

Last year in the back lounge of the bus, Max started painting Zyon's used drumheads. I am not sure if the Tribe knows, but besides being a talented riff creator, and a lyrical genius, Max is a fantastic illustrator!! He is a rarity as an artist, and if I asked him for a riff right now, I would have one before my rusty fingers finish this blog! I mean, just look his roster....the originator and writer for the Sepultura era in the '80's and '90's, one half of the politically charged Nailbomb, the creator and writer of Soulfly, writer of all the Cavalera Conspiracy riffs and lyrics and let's not forget Killer Be Killed!! No artist has a lineup like Max's! I'm not bragging, just stating facts..But back to the painting!

A couple of years ago, he began painting his jackets and shirts. This morfed into baby onesies. So many people asked for baby clothes, I bought a bunch of onesies and stuck them under his nose and they basically flew out of Max's painting fingers, into Metal parent's hands! Next was the Buffalo leather vests....They were so hot we couldn't keep them in stock! And now we approach the drumhead stage in Max's artistic life!! These are super exciting for him because he is painting on a drum skin that his son played his heart out on!! It's a connection that only a parent or fan can feel! If you want to get one of these one of a kind heads, you may be lucky to find one at the merch booth on our tour......bashed by Zyon and slathered by Max!!

Class dismissed.....

Friday, March 2, 2018


Dana often introduced new bands to us. He went to the small clubs and parties and always came home pumped with fresh music on his mind! He was the first person who turned us onto bands like Korn, the Deftones, Unwritten Law, Downset and Far.

In mid 1996, Max and I were somewhere on the planet and the kids decided to road trip to Flagstaff, Arizona to see the Deftones and a new band called Far. They had heard about them from the Deftones.. They had a new record out called Tin Cans With Strings For You.

Roxanne, Richie, Dana, Kristen and Co. chilled all day, slamming through Far and encoring with the Deftones. If you are lucky enough to be an owner of one of the rare 45 vinyls of Attitude, you will see Dana and Joey’s classic stagedive, seared forever on the back cover. It would be the last concert he would ever see, and the Final Launch.

Next up for Far was a Sepultura club tour. I always preferred taking new bands and giving them a push. New bands are full of fire! I still use the same formula, 22 years later. Stay true to Metal and not the politics of music!!!

Class dismissed......

Friday, February 23, 2018


Many of you already know that Soulfly has been in the studio recording with Josh Wilbur. Early February, the studio was rebooked by another artist, so we all travelled home. Max still had two more tracks to record vocals on, so we made a plan for Josh to fly in and record in our home. We would check him into the Toyroom and transform the super heroes into fans, and blankets into a vocal booth!

Josh no doubt got mega searched at the airport security, with all the gear he had in his carry on! It isn't the kind of equipment that can go safely under a plane, so the overhead was the chosen nest. In no time at all, the room was a tangled mass of cords, computers and noise!

For 2 days and nights, the two of them were holed up, screaming and jamming. They only came out to eat and then back in the cave. When they were first setting up, I heard some hammering coming from the room. When I went to see what it was, Max was trying to act casual, standing in the doorway with his arm on the door frame, blocking me from entering. I could smell a rat and managed to cross the border. Josh was hammering a heavy blanket into the ceiling and the doorframe of the closet and making a vocal booth!! I let it slide as I knew it was pure genius!!

As the hours crept past, I snuck down the hallway to grab you all a bite....It's small, but extremely filling!! Soulfly 11, the birth.....Enjoy!!

Friday, February 16, 2018


In September of 2001, Max was at the grand finale of his path to immigration in America. His children were American. His wife was American. He resided full time in America. We had both decided that the best thing to do was opt for dual citizenship. He is Brazilian, of course, and having a US passport would be a realistic goal, given his lifestyle. Nothing would ever replace his Brazilian roots and nothing would replace his love for both countries.

Some people are of the belief that it is an easy process, but it isn't. Number one, it is costly. It isn't a small matter. I honestly don't know how many people could ever support their family and pay the legal fees to immigrate, at the same time. We had a fantastic lawyer, Joanne Stark-Trujillo, who walked us through the process. Keep in mind that we married in 1993 and this citizenship journey was completed in 2001, 8 years later. There is a tangled web of appointments, investigation and fees that everyone must complete. It was much different than when my Mother was naturalized in the 1950's. She had to study for a massive test, which she passed easily. Max did not have to do that. I am not sure when the law changed.

To make a long story short, Max was super happy when he received his certificate and eventually his US passport. Our whole family went to the ceremony and celebrated with him. A week later, 9-11 happened and he wrote Downstroy, Call to Arms and the other tracks on Soulfly 3. Celebrations were forgotten and destruction took charge. Music was the answer.

Class dismissed......