Our thoughts are with the original Saliva singer, Josey Scott, whose oldest son, Cody, died yesterday, May 23rd after contracting COVID-19.
Scott, who left the band in 2011 to pursue a solo career, made the announcement on social media:
"I don't even know where to begin in making this post. Our sweet Cody lost his fight with covid tonight, and the Lord has called him home. We are absolutely heartbroken, confused, grief stricken, angry, just every emotion you can imagine. Please keep us in your prayers, as we have some difficult days ahead. We are trusting Jesus to bring us peace that passes all understanding."
Scott originally revealed the diagnosis on May 11th, asking for prayers for his son. At the time, Scott wrote:
"Please, everyone, I beg you to please pray for my son Cody. He is in the hospital in Memphis with Covid pneumonia. He is 29 years old. He is my life, and I believe G-d can heal him, I just need everyone within the sound of my voice, and the viewing of this message, to please, please pray for my beautiful baby boy! He has always been so loving, and kind, and he is an amazing human being, and we look forward to years, and year more of the joy, and pleasure of his amazing presence, and company! Please remember my son in your prayers! #prayers #prayer #prayersforcody #covid_19 #healing #love #care #medicalstaff #essentialworkers".
Our condolences to the entire Scott family at this difficult time.
In 2019, Scott revealed that he was planning on returning to Saliva for the first time since 2011 and they would work on a new "badass record" and tour. A tour was all lined up with Powerman 5000, Adema and Flaw and then COVID-19 happened. Now, guitarist Wayne Swinny says the party is over before it started.
In an interview with Detroit's WRIF Meltdown show, he explained it would mainly be hard to part with current members, "We were part of the conversation. After Josey made his announcement, there was a few text messages going on. I did talk to [former Saliva guitarist] Chris [D'Abaldo] one time. But the problem is, we kind of already have a Saliva. The problem with doing the reunion show is what do I do? Pull the bus over and say, 'All right, Bobby, Brad [Stewart, bass], hop out, man, to the hotel room for a couple of [months].' It just didn't make sense on the business end.
"There was preliminary discussions, but it never really got off the ground. We just basically had to make plans and keep this train rolling, so to speak. It didn't make sense to me to stop what we were doing. 'Cause this unit, we've been together, it's been almost 10 years now, with Bobby in the band. Brad came along shortly after that. We're tight. We get along. It's a well-oiled machine. We've got a great crew, a great bus driver. It would throw a monkey wrench into the actual Saliva."