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From: Bakersfield, CA, United States
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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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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Jonathan Davis Offers Career Advice

Kerrang.com has a video clip of Korn frontman, Jonathan Davis, talking about the the beginning of the band and his previous job.

Go here to see the video interview.

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Ex-Korn Guitarist Gets Baptized

According to an article on ChartAttack.com, former Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch was baptized on Saturday (March 5) at the Jordan River in Israel. A few excerpts from the article:

Welch attended the baptism with about 20 other pilgrims (all dressed in white robes) from his church in Bakersfield, California, under pastor Ron Vietti. Vietti has credited the rocker’s conversion with inspiring young people to go follow him into the arms of J.C.

Of course the hug-happy Welch hasn’t completely changed his identity —like a true Christian bad-ass, he’s commemorated his new beliefs by having "Jesus" tattooed across his knuckles and "Matthew 11:28" inked right across his neck. And while we don’t like to throw around terms like "messiah complex" in the face of this guy’s newfound happiness, he’s also announced plans to release some pretty interesting solo music in the future.

Read the full article at ChartAttack.com.

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Korn's Davis Reacts To Head's Departure

Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has posted the following message on his Butt Sex Crips web site: "Well, the writing [for the new album] is almost done. I have been having fun watching my ex-guitar player [Brian 'Head' Welch] bash us. What can I say but good luck, bro. I'm done with your false crusade. Korn will keep 'poluting' the world as long as we have fans. Life is fu**in crazy. Damn, fu** it. Anyways, the music you're gonna hear on this album is the best sh** we have ever done. It's insane. I can't wait to record it."

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Korn To Cover 'Fight The Power' For 'XXX' Movie

Korn's version of Public Enemy's 'Fight The Power' (also featuring rapper Xzibit), is to be included on the soundtrack album for new movie 'XXX: State Of The Union', starring Samuel L. Jackson, Willem Defoe and Ice Cube. The record is to be released next month.

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Korn To Remain a Four-Piece?

According internet reports, Korn have no plans to replace recently departed guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch. The band are said to be recording as a four-piece and will remain so for touring purposes later in the year.

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Korn's Brian "Head" Welch Audio Statement

An audio statement from Brian "Head" Welch himself has been exclusively uploaded to Korn Web. The 50-second clip, from KRAB, 106.1 FM, is a personal message explaining his departure from the band. It can be downloaded here, here, or here.

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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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