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From: Bakersfield, CA, United States
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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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Korn Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch Leaves

Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, a founding member of Korn, has left the band and has rededicated his life to Christianity, according to the group's management.

"Korn has parted ways with guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch, who has chosen Jesus Christ as his savior, and will be dedicating his musical pursuits to that end," a statement from the band reads. "Korn respects Brian's wishes, and hopes he finds the happiness he's searching for."

The announcement puts to rest weeks of rumors that Welch was unhappy with Korn's direction. On February 8, he had apparently written a "letter of resignation" to the band's management. In the note, Welch detailed a long list of reasons for leaving the band, including increased moral objections to Korn's music and videos. In particular, he was upset by how he was portrayed in the clip for their cover of Cameo's "Word Up," off their recently released Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 album. In the video, Welch's face was superimposed on a dog patrolling a strip club.

"I can go up there and play those songs and those solos but ... I distanced myself from Korn for probably a year and a half, two years. I just wanted to fade away, it was crazy. I was so gone," Welch told Bakersfield, California, radio station KRAB on Sunday. "But I found my way out and I want to help anyone that wants to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I had to go through the lows to appreciate the highs and it's not perfect but it's damn near."

Welch plans on further explaining his decision to leave Korn this coming Sunday, when he'll address the congregation at the Valley Bible Fellowship in Bakersfield, California. And on February 28 he plans to leave for Israel.

The rest of the band are in the studio finishing the album which is due out in September.

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Korn Singer Comments On New Album "It's A Trip"

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis has issued the following update on the recording process for the group's new studio album, tentatively due this summer:

"Oh my God, I'm tired. We have been working very hard, have 13 songs demo'd, just got done workin' with Atticus Clark. Did some really different stuff with him. Dallas [Austin, TLC, MADONNA, MICHAEL JACKSON] was so good — heavy, trippy, old-school hip-hop influence stuff, and just us classic heavy groove stuff. This album is gonna be a trip — a lot of different styles goin' on. I fuckin' love it."

KORN's last release, "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1" (Immortal/Epic), featuring highlights from the first 10 years of the band's recording career, has sold 763,091 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In addition to KORN's biggest songs, "Greatest Hits" also includes two brand-new covers — a remake of CAMEO's "Word Up" and a medley of PINK FLOYD's "Another Brick In The Wall, Parts 1, 2, & 3".

KORN are also planning on releasing a live DVD featuring footage mainly from last summer's Projekt Revolution Tour.

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Korn Commence Work On New Album With TLC Producer

KORN have commenced work on their new studio album with producer Dallas Austin, who has previously worked with TLC, MADONNA and MICHAEL JACKSON, among others. "The writing is going really good, we have wrote [sic] at least five songs already," KORN frontman Jonathan Davis said in a Jan. 28 online posting. "It's really tight, heavy, headbangin' shit.

"We are now working with Dallas Austin, he is one bad-ass producer - one of the best we have ever worked with. We are doin' some crazy, heavy, trippy shit with him.

"This album is gonna be slammin'.

KORN's last release, "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1" (Immortal/Epic), featuring highlights from the first 10 years of the band's recording career, was certified gold in December by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for shipments in excess of 500,000 copies.

In addition to KORN's biggest songs, "Greatest Hits" also includes two brand-new covers - a remake of CAMEO's "Word Up" and a medley of PINK FLOYD's "Another Brick In The Wall, Parts 1, 2, & 3".

KORN are also planning on releasing a live DVD featuring footage mainly from last summer's Projekt Revolution Tour.

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Korn Covers Album Tracklisting Revealed

According to fansite www.childrenofkorn.net, metal magainze "Revolver" have revealed a number of covers set to show up on Korn's forthcoming covers album, "Korn Kovers". Tracks said to be appearing include:

Prince - "Erotic City"
Motley Crue - "Shout At The Devil"
Psychedelic Furs - "Love My Way"
Public Enemy - "Fight The Power" (Feat. Lil' Jon)
Faith No More - "We Care A Lot"
Nine Inch Nails - "Head Like A Hole" (Feat. Chester Bennington)
Black Sabbath - "Paranoid"
Ozzy Osbourne - "Diary Of A Madman"

Also said to be featured on the disc are the bands two previously released covers, one being Cameo's "Word Up" and the other being Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall: Parts 1,2,3". Expect a release later this year.

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Watch Korn's "Another Brick In The Wall" Video

Korn are out with the video to their Pink Floyd remake 'Another Brick In The Wall'. You can watch it online at Launch.com.

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Deftones, Korn & Ministry Photos From Mexico City

Deftones, Korn, and Ministry performed at Foro Sol in Mexico City on Sunday (December 12). Check out pictures from Clasos (Ministry / Deftones / Korn).

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After 10 Years, Korn Hasn't Gone Stale

Bob Gendron of the Chicago Tribune reviewed Korn's concert on Friday (November 26) at the Aragon Ballroom. Gendron writes, "Angst has always pervaded popular music, but few groups have tapped it more successfully than Korn, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary and touring behind its first greatest-hits record. Such a release typically implies that the end is near. But unlike many of its contemporaries, Korn hasn't lost its appeal - Friday's concert sold out weeks in advance, and the quintet's energy suggested anything but that of an artist resting on its laurels."

Read the full article at Chicago Tribune.

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Korn Perform On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Korn was recently on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' where they performed their Cameo remake 'Word Up'. Watch the performance online in high quality or low quality formats.

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Korn Interview And Performance On Launch.com

Korn took part in an interview and performed their single 'Y'all Want A Single' on LAUNCH. Watch the interview and performance.

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Korn, Deftones, Ministry To Play Mexico City

According to Ocesa.com.mx, KORN, DEFTONES, MINISTRY, ILL NINO, SPARTA and PUYA will be teaming up for a special concert in Mexico City on December 12. More information is available at this location.

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Korn Plan New Album, Consider Covers Album

Korn will start work on their next studio album in January. The band, now free of contractual obligations, intend to take their time on the project, with no release planned until late in 2005. Korn are also considering issuing a record of covers, including Metallica's 'One' and Morbid Angel's 'God Of Emptiness'.

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Korn Frontman To Present 'South Park' Episode

Korn frontman Jonathan Davis will be presenting a special "South Park" Halloween episode this Thursday (Oct. 28) on Comedy Central at 9:30 p.m. EST.

Korn's new album, "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1", featuring highlights from the first 10 years of the band's recording career, was released earlier this month via Immortal/Epic.

In addition to Korn's biggest songs, "Greatest Hits" also includes two brand-new covers. The first is the band's current single, a remake of Cameo's "Word Up", while the second is a medley of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall, Parts 1, 2, & 3".

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Nu-Metal Rockers Past Their Best Days?

USA Today music writer Ken Barnes took part in an online chat with readers on Tuesday, where he was asked about the state of nu-metal, with the questioner suggesting Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Marilyn Manson, and Korn are still going strong. "I don't know, they all seem to be past their best days to me," Barnes countered. "Linkin Park still does well on radio and in record stores, but their tour this summer wasn't exactly a sensation. Papa Roach and Marilyn Manson seem to belong more to yesterday, and Korn, if they're lucky, may hang on to attain some sort of elder-statesman status as the Metallica of nu-metal. But I think it's more likely that they'll fade, too."

Read the full article at USA Today.

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Breaking Benjamin Added To Korn Tour

Breaking Benjamin has been added to the lineup of acts opening for Korn on their fall tour, joining Chevelle and Skindred on the bill. Confirmed dates so far kick off on November 12th in Sacramento, California and stretch to the Thanksgiving holiday, with more shows to be announced soon. Breaking Benjamin will also perform their current hit, "So Cold," on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live on October 14th.

Breaking Benjamin dismissed drummer Jeremy Hummel several weeks ago, replacing him with BC, formerly of Los Angeles band hed p.e. No official statement has been made about the matter.

Breaking Benjamin is currently headlining dates on their own with Thornley as support.

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More Chevelle Tour Dates Announced

Chevelle will be heading out in support of "This Type of Thinking Could Do Us In" later this month. Dates thus far are as follows:

10/16 - Washington, DC - DC101 Chili Cookoff
10/17 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
10/18 - Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggy's
10/19 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
10/21 - Ft. Myers, FL - Centennial Park (WJBZ Show)
10/22 - Orlando, FL - Tinker Field (WJRR Show)
10/23 - Miami, FL - Bayfront Park (WZTA Show)
10/24 - Jacksonville, FL - Met Park (WPLA Show)
10/26 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
10/27 - Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall
10/29 - Kansas City, MO - Kansas City International Raceway (KQRC Show)
10/30 - Spring (Houston), TX - Cynthia Woods Pavillion (KTBZ Show)
10/31 - Little Rock, AR - Alltel Arena (KDJE Show)
11/02 - Urbana, IL - The Canopy Club
11/03 - Bloomington, IL - The Interstate Center
11/04 - Springfield, IL - State Fairgrounds Expo Center
11/06 - Denver, CO - Cervantes Ballroom
11/08 - San Francisco, CA - Grand Ballroom
11/09 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
11/10 - Fresno, CA - Selland Arena
11/12 - Sacramento, CA - Arco Arena (direct support to Korn)
11/13 - Salem, OR - The Armory (direct support to Korn)
11/14 - Seattle, WA - Tacoma Dome (direct support to Korn)
11/17 - Los Angeles, CA - Universal Amphitheatre (direct support to Korn)
11/20 - Tucson, AZ - Pima County Fairgrounds (direct support to Korn)
11/22 - Colorado Springs, CO - World Arena (direct support to Korn)
11/24 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center (direct support to Korn)

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Korn To Perform At Los Angeles In-Store

Korn will be performing at the Fullerton, CA Best Buy, located at 120 E. Imperial Hwy (714-871-3281), on Tuesday, October 5 at 6pm. If you live in the area, come down, see the band perform and then pick up the group's new CD, "Greatest Hits Vol. 1", and get your copy signed.

As previously reported, Korn will be taping an outdoor performance for ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" show on Monday, October 4 between 8 and 10 p.m. at a "secret" location in Los Angeles.

Korn's new album, "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1", featuring highlights from the first 10 years of the band's recording career, is scheduled for release on October 5 via Immortal/Epic.

In addition to Korn's biggest songs, "Greatest Hits" also includes two brand-new covers. The first is the band's current single, a remake of Cameo's "Word Up", while the second is a medley of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall, Parts 1, 2, & 3".

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Preview The Headbangers Ball Vol 2 CD Online

Roadrunner Records is releasing the long-awaited MTV2 Headbangers Ball Volume 2 Compilation this Tuesday. 40 tracks from 40 of the hottest acts in mainstream heavy metal and in the underground, for one low price. Who needs the radio, when you have this awesome play list to pop in the CD player. MTV has put up a full preview of the album, which you can access by clicking here

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Korn's Greatest Hits To Include Bonus Live DVD

A limited-edition version of Korn's greatest-hits package, "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1", will be released alongside the standard version of the album on October 5 via Epic. The limited-edition disc comes with a DVD capturing the band's concert at New York's CBGBs last November. The tentative track listing for the DVD portion of the set is as follows:

01. Right Now
02. Here to Stay
03. Did My Time
04. Got the Life
05. Freak on a Leash
06. Falling Away From Me
07. Blind

Regarding the CBGBs gig, Korn singer Jonathan Davis told the Columbus, Ohio radio station The Blitz 99.7 FM, "We had a whole camera crew with us. It's really cool. It shows the events leading up to the show and the actual show. It was the most brutal Korn show you've ever been to. It was down and dirty. It's CBGB's and it rocked. It was one of those legendary shows. It was cool to be backstage and watching the kids walk by to go to the bathroom. It was like no gig I've ever done before. We had to have our security guards as barricades pushing the kids back — people getting crushed. It was insane — people hanging off the rafters. It was just a really good time. And everybody walked out of there saying that was the best Korn show they ever saw."

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Autographed Guitars To Be Auctioned Online

Dozens of guitars autographed by some of the biggest names in the music business are being auctioned online in an attempt to raise money for victims of Hurricane Charley, which caused widespread damage in Florida earlier this month.

Bids can be placed until September 20th on guitars signed by Linkin Park, Korn, Incubus, Chevelle, Stone Sour, Deftones, 3 Doors Down, Nickelback, and many more.

Go to StormAid.com for all the details of the auction, which was put together by Clear Channel Radio.

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Projekt Revolution Photos of Korn And Linkin Park

Linkin Park and Korn performed at the Projekt Revolution tour stop at the Sound Advice Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida on Tuesday (August 17). You can check out pictures from LFI:

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