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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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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.
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.
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)
Meanwhile, in celebration of the release of Chevelle's new CD, soundnova is holding a sweepstakes to win a digital camera. Sign yourself up to win here!
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".
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
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
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."
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.
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:
MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball and Revolver magazine are teaming up to bring you the Best Metal Videos of the New Millennium (so far) picked by you. So put your pedal to the metal and vote for your favorite video here. Then, catch the two-hour premiere Saturday, August 21 at 10 PM during Headbanger’s Ball, on MTV2. Plus check out the final list in the October issue of Revolver.
Videos you can vote for: More...
Despite the fact that KORN's new cover of "Word Up", originally recorded by the legendary R&B act CAMEO, may raise a few eyebrows among the band's fans, guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer said he feels the song brings a lot of different listeners together. "It was just this great song with a good hook, and it was, you know, it kind of opened the door for a lot of people to listen to, you know, rap and hip-hop," he told Launch Radio Networks. "It turned a lot of white kids onto it, so I thought that was cool. And, you know, our version's, I think, gonna kinda do the same."
CAMEO's version of the tune, released in 1986, reached Number Six on the pop charts.
The track is the first single from KORN's upcoming greatest hits collection, due out on October 19. The album also contains the band's take on PINK FLOYD's "Another Brick In The Wall, Parts 1, 2, & 3".
KORN plan to issue a full album of covers in the near future. Other tracks the band have recorded include NINE INCH NAILS's "Head Like A Hole", PUBLIC ENEMY's "Fight The Power", and FAITH NO MORE's "We Care A Lot" (featuring a guest appearance by LINKIN PARK's Chester Bennington).
KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer took time out during Tuesday's (August 3) Projekt Revolution stop in Camden, New Jersey, to discuss which cover songs will appear on the band's upcoming "best of" album, "Greatest Hits: Volume One". "We're gonna put [CAMEO's] 'Word Up' on the record, and also we did a version of 'Another Brick In The Wall' by PINK FLOYD," the guitarist told Launch Radio Networks. "We recorded NINE INCH NAILS' song 'Head Like A Hole', we did FAITH NO MORE, 'We Care A Lot', a PSYCHEDELIC FURS song, which I personally, I thought it's better than 'Word Up', but the democracy thing has to play in a decision like that. It's 'Love My Way', I think. It's really good."
Munky also confirmed that the band will release a full-length collection of cover tunes at some point. "Yeah, we're gonna actually, probably record about three or four more," he said. "And we wanna do something that's early metal, two or three, and just really make 'em sound huge. So yeah, we're gonna do that later on and release it as an album."
"Greatest Hits: Volume One" is due for release on October 12.
A radio-broadcast-quality version of KORN's cover of "Word Up", originally recorded by the legendary R&B act CAMEO, has been posted online at this location (courtesy of the KORN fan site KoRnTV.co.uk). "Word Up" is the first single off KORN's forthcoming collection, "Greatest Hits: Volume One", tentatively due on October 12 through Epic Records. CAMEO's version of the tune, released in 1986, reached Number Six on the pop charts. KORN have recorded several other covers for possible inclusion on the disc, including PINK FLOYD's "Another Brick In The Wall", PUBLIC ENEMY's "Fight The Power", FAITH NO MORE's "We Care A Lot", and NINE INCH NAILS' "Head Like A Hole". The latter features a guest appearance from LINKIN PARK vocalist Chester Bennington. A full-length album of cover tunes is tentatively in the works for future release.
KORN have announced that the first single they will release off of their forthcoming "Greatest Hits-Vol. 1" CD will be the song 'Word Up', a cover tune from the 1980's R&B group CAMEO.
The tracklisting for the forthcoming Headbangers Ball Vol. II, which will be making it's way onto store shelves in late September: More...
As previously reported, Korn has covered Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" for their forthcoming best-of set, due this fall. They will also include a cover of Public Enemy's "Fight the Power", however. The Pink Floyd classic was produced collectively by Korn, while "Fight the Power" was helmed by singer Jonathan Davis and Lil Jon, who called their crossbreed "crunk rock".
Four dates, including the first day of the massive four-day Roskilde Festival in Denmark, remain on Korn's itinerary before they join Linkin Park and Snoop Dogg on the Projekt Revolution tour, beginning July 23. In the few weeks before the tour commences, Korn plan to shoot a video for whichever cover is designated to be the first single from the greatest-hits album.
Read the full article at MTV.com.
A version of KORN's version of PINK FLOYD's 'Another Brick in the Wall', covered live (solo included) on June 23rd has found it's way online. You can download it here (9.6 MB). 'Another Brick in the Wall' will be featured on KORN's upcoming "Greatest Hits" album, which will hit shelves this Fall. The disc will also feature a cover of NINE INCH NAILS' 'Head Like A Hole'.
Linkin Park is offering everyone who purchases a ticket to any of the 32 tour dates on this year's Projekt Revolution Tour a free sampler download. The sampler includes audio tracks and enhanced content from 13 different artists, some featured on the tour, some new and upcoming bands, and some offering exclusive live or rare tracks. Bands on the sampler include Linkin Park, Korn, Snoop Dogg, Helmet, Thrice, Ghostface, Less Than Jake, M.O.P. and more.
Projekt Revolution ticket-holders can head over to Prsampler.com or LinkinPark.com and enter a special code printed on their physical tickets to gain access to the download. The sampler downloads in the form of a player, with all of the audio embedded. Enhanced content includes band bios, links, photos, and video content.
Word has it that both AFI and KORN have recorded a cover version of NINE INCH NAILS' 'Head Like A Hole'. The former has laid down the track for inclusion on an upcoming video game, whilst KORN have recorded the song for use on their upcoming "Greatest Hits" album, which is due out this Fall.
KORN have posted a remixed version of their song "Y'All Want a Single", featuring a guest appearance by embattled shock jock Howard Stern, at their official web site. Download it here.
Stern, whose radio show was pulled by Clear Channel off its stations last month because of indecency concerns, has hailed the video to "Y'All Want a Single" as "the most inspirational, the most spectacular understanding of what's going on in this country right now." The song, and especially its video, is an attack on radio conglomerates and the music industry, KORN lead singer Jonathan Davis told the Hollywood Reporter.
"The stuff we said in the video (is the stuff) the music industry doesn't want kids to know about," Davis said. "Everyone is in bed with everyone in the industry. One corporation owns all the video channels, one corporation owns all the radio stations, and all the venues we play at are also the promoters. It's a whole monopoly. They basically deem what kids are going to hear."
Read the full article at Yahoo News.
Linkin Park is heading out this summer for their third year of Projekt Revolution. Headlining this US tour with LP will be Korn, Snoop, and just added, The Used. The tour will kick off on July 23rd in Cincinnati, OH but the first round of presales for LP Underground members start next Monday, March 08. LP Underground, Linkin Park's official fan club, will be offering members the opportunity to buy some of the best seats in each of the venues before anyone else. To find out more about the LP Underground and how you can become a member, visit LPunderground.com.
Below is a listing of each stop on Projekt Revolution 2004. For the most up to date information on this tour, including additional cities and bands coming soon, visit LinkinPark.com. More...