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Korn’s New Bassist Is the 12-Year-Old Son of Metallica’s Robert Trujillo

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Tye Trujillo of The Helmets performs in concert during the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on October 9, 2016 in Austin, Texas. Gary Miller/Getty Images

Not your average field trip! Tye Trujillo is only 12 years old, but he just lined up a very grown-up gig: playing bass for Korn on their South American tour.

Korn announced the news on their Facebook page on Saturday, April 8. Trujillo — whose dad is Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo — will be stepping in for the band’s regular bassist, Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, until early May.

Korn performs live during a concert at the Velodrom on March 28, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Frank Hoensch/Redferns via Getty Images

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“On April 17 Korn is heading down to South America for a run of dates in Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Fieldy is unable to make the shows, so the band will be joined by a special guest,” the Facebook post read.

“We are bummed Fieldy can’t join us on this run but excited to do a few gigs with a young player like Tye,” the band said in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming our brother Fieldy back when we return to the States in May.”

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Tye Trujillo and Metallica’s Robert Trujillo attend a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies on May 6, 2016 in San Francisco, California. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

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According to the post, Tye plays bass for the California-based band The Helmets, whose members are all 11 to 12 years old. The Helmets’ Instagram account reposted Korn’s Facebook post on April 9, writing, “We’ve been dying to announce this news! So proud and stoked Tye is filling in for Fieldy for these South America shows! Yeah sluggah!!”

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Korn’s website lists seven dates in South America, starting with April 17 in Bogota, Colombia, and ending with April 29 in Lima, Peru.