The band Korn are leaders of the Nu-Metal pack and while I was almost always more of the casual fan of the band over the years I am still shaking my head at the news that they are reaching their own 20th Anniversary. “This cannot be true” I said to myself but alas I was not reading the paperwork wrong. The band is indeed at their second decade and to close out the 20th Anniversary year are doing numerous dates at some truly intimate spaces. Check out the press release and poster that I received and then we can discuss a little bit more.
The Press Release:
Are you ready?
Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum hard rock innovators KORN are topping off their 20th anniversary celebrations with something special for their fans. Today (July 21), the band has announced they will head out on the road for one last turn in 2015 to perform their debut album KORN in its entirety. A limited amount of tickets and early entry packages will go up on KORN.com tomorrow, Wednesday, July 22 at 10 am local time. Regular tickets go on sale this Friday, July 24 at 10 am in most markets.
The 20th anniversary shows, which started in 2014, were so well-received that the band-Jonathan Davis (vocals), James “Munky” Shaffer (guitar), Brian “Head” Welch (guitar), Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu (bass) and Ray Luzier (drums)–wanted to bring this iteration of the live show into an intimate setting for the core fanbase. Starting on October 1 at Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, the band will set out on a month-long tour around the U.S. to perform the album that started it all at iconic venues including The Fillmore in Detroit, Irving Plaza in New York City, The Tabernacle in Atlanta, Stubbs in Austin and the Fox Theatre in Oakland, CA. At each show, fans will get to experience KORN two decades later and be able to request which songs from the band’s massive catalogue should make up the encore. Joining KORN on the tour are special guests Suicide Silence and Islander.
KORN’s self-titled debut album, which was released in May 1994, has been heralded by Rolling Stone as “the most important metal album of the last 20 years.” Produced by Ross Robinson, the critically acclaimed album featured singles “Blind,” “Shoots and Ladders,” “Clown” and “Need To.” With little mainstream support, Davis’ dark and disturbing lyrics alongside KORN’s new and unique hyper-aggressive soundtrack, KORN went on to sell over two million albums worldwide.
Wrote Christopher Weingarten of Rolling Stone (12/11/14), “While aging metalheads were trying to walk confidently through alternative nation, Korn lurched into the world like hip-hop zombies rocking Adidas tracksuits, baggy jeans and untamed dreadlocks. Their eclecticism was a pre-iTunes shuffle jumble: the whinnies and whines of Cypress Hill, the goth bravado of the Cure, the thwapping double-kicks of Primus, the 808 hit of a Rick Rubin brick-breaker, meth-fueled Boredoms-style scatting, and bass strings that sounded like a bask of crocodiles tangled in industrial-sized rubber bands. While Pantera’s Phil Anselmo grumbled chest-puffing lines like ‘I f***ed your girlfriend last night,’ Korn’s frail Jonathan Davis screamed, ‘I’m a faggot.’ Pearl Jam and Tool couched their torment in poetry and anonymity; but Korn put everything on the line, especially with ‘Daddy,’ a harrowing song about Davis being molested as a child that ends with nearly four minutes of the singer sobbing in the vocal booth.” Look for KORN to return with a new album in 2016.
DATE CITY VENUE
Thu 10/1 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
Fri 10/2 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom
Sat 10/3 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
Mon 10/5 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Tue 10/6 Montclair, NJ The Wellmont Theater
Thu 10/8 Boston, MA House of Blues
Fri 10/9 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
Sat 10/10 Philadelphia, PA Rock Allegiance
Mon 10/12 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
Wed 10/14 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
Thu 10/15 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
Fri 10/16 Miami, FL Fillmore Miami Beach
Sun 10/18 New Orleans, LA Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
Mon 10/19 Austin, TX Stubbs
Tue 10/20 Dallas, TX South Side Ballroom
Thu 10/22 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
Fri 10/23 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
Sat 10/24 San Bernardino, CA Knotfest
Tue 10/27 Denver, CO The Fillmore
Wed 10/28 Salt Lake City, UT The Great SaltAir
Fri 10/30 Oakland, CA The Fox Theater
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’m going to admit that it’s been a few years since I last saw Korn but I still remember those times like they were yesterday because the band gives their audience a slam you to the ground kind of show that keeps you off your feet and exhausted by the time it has all ended. Now I have only seen this band in massive arena spaces so finding them playing a club like Irving Plaza when they get to NYC in October is absolutely out of this frigging world. My hope is that the foundation of the building can withstand the assault from the pounding feet and overall energy that their Metal Metropolis fans are putting out there. Readers should know that Korn is a band that feeds off of the energy that the audience gives them so this is going to be a song for song battle for the title that can only be judged at the end of the night. I am also pretty excited about seeing what Suicide Silence is all about now that they have the former singer of All Shall Perish fronting them. I only ever saw Mitch Lucker once (RIP) and want to be able to let the fans who might still be unsure what they are missing. I should also add that Islander is pretty damned good as well so this is a solid package from the moment it starts. I’m going to do my damnedest to be there and reporting on the proceedings for you folks that are reading the site from so very far away. Wish me luck and hopefully I see some of you there. What does everyone think of this tour? Are you psyched up already? If so let me know in the comments section below as I always love hearing from you.
Official Website: http://www.korn.com