Thursday, August 1, 2019

GROWING UP GREEN! Wake up! Wake up! Happy birthday, Marc Rip and Shred Rizzo!

Today we will be celebrating Marc Rizzo’s birthday in Slovakia! One half of my Lennon and McCartney, one of our frontline, loyal to family and friends, super self disciplined and full on New Jersey! I am blessed to walk through Metal during the era of Marc Rizzo!

When a vacancy opened up for Soulfly’s lead guitarist, I was talking to Monte Conner, who had mentioned that Marc was recently available. It took me two seconds to set my sight on him! His superb skills and that emotional flamenco driven Metal was a perfect fit for Soulfly! I swear his guitar is part of his torso!! He arrived with his backpack stuffed with magical mojo and a ninja kick that could knock the teeth out of Bigfoot! Soulfly was complete!

Marc has a sense of humor that fluctuates from dry to dark to a rant! Myself being super trusting, he has tricked me a few times lol!! Talking about rants....let’s go to Russia, on the plane with KORN. Marc was in top rant formation one night as we travelled in a private plane across the Russian tundra. He left us all breathless, with guts so sore from laughing! It was a night to remember and we do! I won’t go into the gory details but when we walked off the plane, KORN’S ashen faced crew dude looked at Max and said “you guys like to keep it real!”

We have shared 15 years together, with Marc releasing the Kraken on stage. He wears many hats, like Max, being in Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy and the Return We have shared happy times, frantic times and sad times. And we look to the future! After all, who can forget the soulful solo on Mars? I can’t! It’s timeless like a fine Italian wine! Let’s toast Marc today! Tougher than 20 Chechnyans! Just ask him.....

Class dismissed.....