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From: Bakersfield, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

As a kid, Fieldy spent much of his adolescence "standing around in dirt fields, drinking beer, watching other kids fight." At some point, Fieldy and some friends decided their time would be better spent taking out their frustrations on musical instruments instead. And rock music would never be the same.

So Fieldy, James "Munky" Shaffer, David Silveria, Brian "Head" Wetch, and eventually, an assistant coroner with a troubled past named Jonathan Davis left Bakersfield for Los Angeles and collectively became known as Korn. It helped that they all had common influneces - the angry, urban stylings of hip-hip, the heavy, riff-driven angst of metal. But the sounds emanating from this band's Huntington Beach rehearsal space would soon set an entirely fresh musical precedent and set off a wave of imitators that eventually threatened to engulf the band itself.

After touring for nearly two years, Korn was signed by Immortal and released their now-classic eponymous 1994 debut. Korn opened with the prophetic, gravel-throated challenge "Are you ready?!" before kicking into the heaviest guitar sound yet heard in rock, thanks to the team of Shaffer and Welch, who tuned their already-low 7-string guitars even lower and played with no regard for the traditional harmonic consonance. The sound was metallica sludge, but tempered oddly by bassist Fieldy and drummer Silveria, who added a mix of porn-soundtrack funk and hip-hop rhythms tha was puzzlingly aggressive and chill. Next, nursery rhyme-like melodies were woven into the dark mix, helping make Korn the creepiest, heaviest debut since Black Sabbath. But Davis had no desire to sing about devils and witches; he was busy exorcising real-life demons. Songs such as "Faget" and "Shoots and Ladders" were discomfortingly personal confessions of shattered childhood, and by album's end Davis was literally in tears in the harrowing "Daddy."

And so they began to amass a following that would send their next album, 1996's brutal yet cheekily titled "Life is Peachy," into platinum sales. Years of touring followed again as the band fortified its fan-base to the degree that their next album, 1998's "Follow the Leader," would debut at No. 1 on the Billboard's Top 200, as would "Issues."

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Watch Elders React To Music Videos Of Korn

Fine Brothers Entertainment - well known from their series "Kids React" - have premiered a new entry in their "React Series". This time various elders are subjected to music videos of Korn. While not everyone is a fan, some are rather receptive to the band...

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Korn’s Davis Debuts New Solo Song "Basic Needs"

Another track from Korn frontman Jonathan Davis‘ new solo effort “Black Labyrinth” called “Basic Needs” is now available for streaming below. Sumerian Records will have the new release out on May 25th.

Jonathan Davis is out on the road now in support of the release with this tour: More...

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New Trailer For Brian “Head” Welch Docu Posted

A new teaser trailer has been posted for ‘Loud Krazy Love‘ streaming below. The documentary is mainly about Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch and his complicated relationship with his daughter amidst his time being on the road with Korn with a self-defeating crystal meth addiction.

The documentary was put together by Trey Hill and Scott Mayo. The movie will have its debut screening this weekend at the "Dallas International Film Festival".

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Of Mice & Men Added To ‘Vans Warped Tour Japan’

‘Vans Warped Tour Japan‘ festival has added Of Mice & Men, Pennywise to the lie-up. The festival will be held at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan on March 31st-April 01st. Below’s who has been booked:

Saturday, March 31st:

Korn
Limp Bizkit
BiSH
Coldrain
Issues
Monoeyes
Mucc
Of Mice & Men
Oldcodex
Tonight Alive

Sunday, April 01st:

Prophets Of Rage
Dizzy Sunfist
The Last Internationale
PassCode
Pennywise
Shadows
Totalfat
Zebrahead More...

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Korn’s Jonathan Davis Solo World Tour Announced

Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis announces the dates for his solo world tour, supporting his upcoming new solo album, which is due out this year via Sumerian Records. The first track from it, “What It Is“, was recently premiered and can be streamed here.

04/06 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
04/07 Seattle, WA – Showbox
04/09 Vancouver, BC – Commodore
04/10 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
04/12 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
04/13 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco
04/16 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
04/18 San Francisco, CA – Fillmore
04/20 Tempe, AZ – Ufest
04/21 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
04/22 Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
04/24 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
04/25 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
04/26 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
05/01 Kansas City, MO – Truman Theater
05/04 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
05/05 Detroit, MI – The Majestic
05/06 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
05/08 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
05/09 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
05/11 Portland, ME – Aura
05/12 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
05/14 Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
05/15 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
05/17 Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
05/18 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
06/01 Nuremberg, GER – Rock Am Ring
06/02 Nurnberg, GER – Rock Im Park
06/04 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
06/08 Newbury, UK – Download Festival
06/10 Luxembourg, LUX – Rockhal Club
06/11 Pratteln, SWI – Z7
06/13 Prague, CZE – Prague Rocks
06/14 Nickelsdorf, AUT – Nova Rock
06/16 Florence, ITA – Firenze Rocks
06/20 Amsterdam, NET – Melkweg
06/21 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
06/22 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest

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Korn’s Jonathan Davis Debuts New Music Video

Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis debuts the below music video for his new solo track, “What It Is“. The track appears on the recently released ‘American Satan‘ soundtrack, which is now available in stores. The song also serves as the first single from his forthcoming solo release. That effort is expected to be unleashed later in the year via Sumerian Records with more details to come.


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Korn’s Jonathan Davis Featured On "American Satan"

Korn frontman Jonathan Davis will unleash a new single later this month titled “What It Is“ as part of the ‘American Satan‘ soundtrack, out January 26th via Sumerian Records. Davis is preparing a new solo effort which is expected to be out this spring on Sumerian as well. The ‘American Satan‘ soundtrack will run as follows: More...

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10 Great Metal X-Mas Songs: A Playlist

We've compiled a playlist of some hard-hitting X-mas tunes so you can rock out this Holiday Season with your family and friends....

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Korn’s Davis Confirms New Solo Album & Tour

Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis confirms the news of his previously rumored new solo release and plans to tour in support of it. The album will reportedly hit stores in the spring. In a Facebook livestream from this past Monday, December 18th, Jonathan Davis states:

"I’m finishing my record finally. It’s been… I started it in 2008, so I guess it’ll be 10 years of work. It’s the J.D. S.F.A. record, but J.D. S.F.A. is no longer. Unfortunately, since Shane‘s [Gibson] passed, that band’s done and it can’t be recreated. So this is J.D. right now.

I’m really excited. I’ve been working on these songs for 10 years, and it’s turned out amazing. So there’ll be a record coming out next year. I just shot videos yesterday for a couple of songs, and the tour will be next year." More...

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Korn’s Davis Rumored To Be Planning New Solo Album

Metalunderground.com has heard rumors that Korn frontman Jonathan Davis is planning to record a new solo effort in 2018 and will be touring in support of it. Interestingly, Davis has recently been announced for this year’s upcoming ‘Hellfest Open Air‘ in Clisson, France. Both North American and European touring is expected for the trek with more details still to come.

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Korn Premieres New Music Video "Black Is The Soul"

Korn premieres a new music video for"Black Is The Soul", taken from the band's latest album "The Serenity Of Suffering".

Check out now "Black Is The Soul" below.

Korn will soon be out on tour with Stone Sour, BABYMETAL and more. Check all dates below: More...

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APMA 2017 Lineup Announced

The organizers of Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, fueled by Monster Energy, are thrilled to reveal this year's first wave of performing artists! The 2017 APMAs look beyond a single style of music to produce an entertaining evening for just about any music fan.

This year's APMAs feature performances by Against Me!, No. 1 charting platinum stars All Time Low, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (solo project of the Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin frontman spawning alt-rock charting singles "Cecilia and the Satellite" and "Fire Escape"), rap icons Bone Thugs, multi-platinum Grammy Award winning group Korn, Cleveland native and award-winning actor/rapper Machine Gun Kelly, horror-rock favorites New Years Day, massive award-winning Japanese rock group One OK Rock, acclaimed group Pierce The Veil, Billboard chart-topping rock radio darlings The Pretty Reckless and chart-dominating melodic rockers Sleeping With Sirens.

More artists are set to be announced soon. Korn's Jonathan Davis states, "We're really excited to perform at this year's awards and are looking forward to seeing all our fans in Cleveland. I performed at the first ever APMAs back in 2014 with Asking Alexandria and it's been awesome to watch how this show has grown over the years."

Regular tickets are officially on sale now at this location and start at just $40 to experience all the action the APMAs have to offer. In addition, VIP tickets are available - including Monster VIP Table, Ultimate VIP and Premium Seating packages - offering the best seat in the house. More...

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Korn Recruits 12 Year Old Guest Bassist

Joining the ranks of famous musician's kids bands like Next To None, another little tyke is about to take up his father's profession. Korn just issued this announcement about bringing on a 12 year old session bassist for upcoming shows:

"On April 17th, Korn is heading down to South America for a run of dates in Columbia, 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.

"Filling in for bass duties will be Tye Trujillo, the 12-year old son of Metallica’s Robert Trujillo and member of NorCal group The Helmets. We are bummed Fieldy can’t join us on this run but excited to do a few gigs with a young player like Tye. We look forward to welcoming our brother Fieldy back when we return to the States in May. Fieldy will resume Korn’s 2017 tour at Carolina Rebellion on May 6." More...

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Rammstein Announces U.S. Show With Korn

Rammstein returns: the iconic German metallic industrialists, known for pyro-maniacal live performances, will be throwing down with Korn and Stone Sour on July 1st for a very special and exclusive one-night-only event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Tickets for this Independence Day weekend extravaganza, produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and Live Nation Las Vegas, will go on sale beginning Friday, March 31st at 12:00 PM PT. Tickets start at $49.50 and special VIP upgrades will also be available for an additional $99.00. VIP upgrades include a custom event poster, dedicated entrance to the venue, access to a VIP-only lounge at Hyde, a commemorative laminate and a commemorative patch.

“Vegas is known to push the limits, and this will be a night of over-the-top experiences. This show is going to be a wild night and a great way to add some fireworks to your 4th of July weekend,” said Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents.

The triple-threat potency of this bill brings three-and-a-half hours of all the fire-breathing rock ‘n’ roll glory Sin City can handle to T-Mobile Arena. This is the chance to catch Rammstein in top roaring form, playing one of only a few scheduled U.S. shows in 2017 – and their only show with Korn and Stone Sour. More...

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Korn Announces "Serenity Of Summer" Tour

Roadrunner group Korn has announced plans for a truly diverse and epic summer tour, set to get underway June 16th at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, UT and then continue through early August.

Presented by Live Nation, “The Serenity of Summer” tour will feature special guests and fellow Roadrunner recording group Stone Sour on all dates. The tour is rounded out by support from Japan’s Baby Metal, southern rapper Yelawolf, and Islander (6/16 – 6/25), followed by a second leg (7/19 – 8/2) which will see Korn joined by Skillet, Yelawolf, and DED.

Korn kicked off a current wide-ranging world tour with a sold-out performance last night at the grand opening of the brand new House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Korn returns again tonight, Monday March 6th, for another sold-out show and from there the two-time Grammy Award-winning band will embark on a marathon global run visiting Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Columbia, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile.

The band then returns to North America for a series of top-billed festival performances, including Concord, NC’s Carolina Rebellion (May 6th), Columbus, OH’s Rock on the Range (May 20th), Oshkosh, WI’s Rock USA (July 13th), and Chicago, IL’s Chicago Open Air (July 15th). More...

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Korn Kicking Off World Tour

Roadrunner recording group Korn has announced plans for a spring headline tour set to get underway May 7th at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD. This run will continue through May 18th and sees Korn joined by special guests Animals As Leaders and DED.

Korn will begin another wide-ranging world tour by kicking off back to back nights Grand Opening week at Anaheim, CA’s brand new House of Blues on March 5th and 6th. From there the two-time Grammy Award-winning band embarks on a marathon global run visiting Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Columbia, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile.

Next, Korn returns to North America for a series of festival performances, including Concord, NC’s Carolina Rebellion (May 6th), Columbus, OH’s Rock on the Range (May 20th), Oshkosh, WI’s Rock USA (July 13th), and Chicago, IL’s Chicago Open Air (July 15th). More...

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Chicago Open Air 2017 Announced

The second annual Chicago Open Air will bring together an all-star lineup on July 14th - 16th at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL just outside Chicago.

The three day music, craft beer, and food festival will feature over 40 performances, including Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, and Korn, along with Rob Zombie, Slayer, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Seether, Meshuggah, Anthrax, Clutch, Body Count, and many more.

Tickets for Chicago Open Air 2017 go on sale Friday, January 20tj at Noon CT right here. In addition to three days of nonstop rock, Chicago Open Air’s celebration of everything loud will also include local and regional cuisine, the Headbangers Bier Hall highlighting top brews from the region, other entertainment and fan experiences, and will be hosted by SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin. More...

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2017 Grammy Nominees Revealed

It's Grammy Award nomination time again, which is always an odd experience for metal fans. There's only one actual metal category - Best Metal Performance - and no category for actual metal albums to win.

Best Rock Album occasionally has heavy metal releases, but usually only of the most well known bands that aren't representative of the best metal had to offer in any given year.

In a move that literally left the audience scratching their heads, earlier this year Ghost took home the Best Metal Performance for the 2016 Grammy Awards.

Today the nominees are announced for the upcoming 59th annual 2017 Grammy Awards. These songs are now in the running for Best Metal Performance:

- "Shock Me" by Baroness
- "Silvera" by Gojira
- "Rotting In Vain" by Korn
- "Dystopia" by Megadeth
- "The Price Is Wrong" by Periphery

Alright, it's prediction time: who do you think is going to win the 2017 Grammy Best Metal Performance?

Gojira's "Magma" album also managed to land in the Best Rock Album category alongside the likes of Blink-192, Weezer, and Panic! At The Disco.

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Carolina Rebellion 2017 Lineup Revealed

Soundgarden (Friday), Def Leppard (Saturday) and Avenged Sevenfold (Sunday) will headline the 7th annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion May 5, 6 and 7 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC.

Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion presale tickets and layaway packages, as well as hotel, camping and VIP packages, are on sale now at this location. In 2016, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion had another record breaking year with over 90,000 fans in attendance, so fans are encouraged to buy early and save and to be sure to secure a ticket for 2017.

The lineup for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is as follows: Soundgarden, Def Leppard and Avenged Sevenfold, A Perfect Circle, Korn, The Offspring, The Cult, Volbeat, Mastodon, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Seether, Chevelle, Alter Bridge, Tesla, Pierce The Veil, The Pretty Reckless, Eagles of Death Metal, Highly Suspect, Coheed and Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Opeth, Amon Amarth, Sum 41, Skillet, Machine Gun Kelly, Gojira, In Flames, In This Moment, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Falling In Reverse, Motionless In White, Nothing More, Beartooth, Starset, Rival Sons, Every Time I Die, Fozzy, All That Remains, The Amity Affliction, I Prevail, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Kyng, Crobot, Radkey, Volumes, Dorothy, As Lions, Fire From The Gods, Goodbye June, Sylar, Wage War, Badflower, DED, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Charm The Fury, Royal Republic, Mother Feather, Cover Your Tracks, and Citizen Zero. More...

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Rock On The Range 2017 Lineup Announced

An unprecedented lineup has been announced for the 11th annual Rock On The Range festival taking place May 19th, 20th, and 21st at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH.

Rock legends Metallica, Soundgarden, and Korn will each headline one night of the festival. Overall, Rock On The Range 2017 - fueled by Monster Energy - will feature over 50 bands performing on three stages, plus the comedians in the ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent, The Music Experience, art installations, and unique onsite activities during the three-day weekend.

Presale and layaway tickets, as well as limited numbers of new Weekend Field VIP tickets and Premier (hotel and camping) Packages, are on sale now at this location. The Rock On The Range music lineup includes: More...

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