The Mavericks Oust Bassist for Opiate Addiction

By Victoria Kim 12/29/14
Robert Reynolds, bassist for The Mavericks, has been let go from the band after several failed attempts at sobriety.

The Grammy-winning country-rock group, The Mavericks, revealed that bassist Robert Reynolds was kicked out of the band due to his relentless battle with opiate addiction. The remaining members of the band, singer Raul Malo, drummer Paul Deakin, and guitarist Eddie Perez told Rolling Stone Country that it wasn’t an easy decision to make, but it was necessary. 

“It’s devastating—it’s our good friend this is happening to,” said Deakin. “There are so many emotions that are mixed up in it. You’re sad, you’re pissed, you’re confused. You’re like, ‘Fuck, this sucks!’”

Reynolds’ problem emerged in full force after the band reunited in 2012 at the Stagecoach Festival in California, after an eight-year hiatus. He was not the same bass player from the Mavericks’ previous life. His addiction took a toll on the band as he was unable to record or tour.

“This is not something that happened overnight,” said Deakin. “We would have countless meetings on it. I remember one of the first times when we talked, shortly after the band [reunited], Raul and I went out with him in London, Ontario, Canada, and sat him down and said, ‘You need to do something.’ That’s when he went to outpatient rehab.”

Despite the band’s attempts to help Reynolds, he remained in poor condition. “On three separate occasions we put him in different forms of rehab over the past three years,” Deakin said.

They finally threw in the towel in October and terminated him from the band. “At some point, you start to look at it as we’re not making it any better, so we’re part of the problem,” Deakin said.

The band maintains that Reynolds is welcome to return at any time, should he get clean and commit to a rehab program. They’ve even offered to fly him to an in-patient rehab and cover any insurance costs. 

“In no way do we wish to shame our brother,” the band said in a joint statement on Facebook, explaining that their reason for speaking out about Reynolds’ departure from the group was that “an accounting of the truth was needed.” 

“We have and still wish only the best for Robert and hope he gets the help he desperately needs,” they added.

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