Robert Reynolds, bassist, vocalist and founding member of the Latin country group The Mavericks, has been fired due to drug use.
Singer Raul Malo, drummer Paul Deakin and guitarist Eddie Perez have revealed to Rolling Stone Country that Reynolds is in the middle of an opiate addiction and has been unable to record and tour so they let him go in October.
The band regrouped in 2012 after a thirteen year break from personality conflicts and heavy touring, but couldn’t reform a solid relationship with Reynolds. The Mavericks released its seventh studio album, In Time, in 2013 on the Valory Music Co with Reynolds’ name listed in the liner notes, and they have Mono set for release on February 17th, but without Reynolds on bass.
“I knew about it from before the band got back together. There were many signs when he first came back into the studio. I confronted him about it, and he denied,” Deakin says. “When he finally admitted it, I said, ‘I’m not going to sign these [record] contracts until you go into rehab.’ On three separate occasions we put him in different forms of rehab over the past three years.”
In October, the band posted a message to fans on Facebook that reads, “At this moment Robert has chosen to take time to attend to personal matters. We wish him nothing but the best. And we offer our full support to him and his family in this difficult time.”
Many fans had assumed the personal matters were related to Reynolds’ wife, Angie’s, battle with cancer in which the group set up a fund to help with treatment costs. However, the band says the matters are unrelated and needed to be addressed publicly.
“When he finally admitted it, I said, ‘I’m not going to sign these [record] contracts until you go into rehab.'”
“We found out he was hitting fans up for money,” Malo states as a reason for making the band’s inner turmoil public. “It’s like, man, what if he hits somebody up for five grand, and then they go, ‘Why didn’t you guys tell us anything?’ And now we put this fan in harm’s way and they’re out five grand because we didn’t have the balls to say anything about it.”
Reynolds’ termination was a decision that wasn’t taken lightly and stemmed for a bad run of shows in Australia where Reynolds was pale and vomiting.
“Second only to the difficulty and emotional complexity of coming to the decision to let go of a loved one in the throes of addiction is how and whether to talk about it publicly,” the group writes on its Facebook page. “One conversation or article cannot convey all the emotions that surround such a complex issue. When it became apparent that something needed to be said, we were left with how to approach this sensitive subject. The more we talked, the more we came to the conclusion that an accounting of the truth was needed. In no way do we wish to shame our brother. We have and still wish only the best for Robert and hope he gets the help he desperately needs.”
We send our well wishes to Reynolds and his wife along with The Mavericks.
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.