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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."

Latest Korn News

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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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Music As A Weapon Tour Heading To Canada

The Music As A Weapon tour is scheduled to make five Eastern-Canadian stops. The Music As A Weapon features Co-headliners Disturbed and Korn with support from Sevendust and In This Moment. You can view the Canadian stops on the tour below:

03/30 Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Arena
03/31 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
04/02 Quebec City, QC – Colisee Pepsi Arena
04/04 Saint John , NB – Harbour Station
04/05 Halifax, NS – Halifax Metro Centre

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Korn Frontman Releases New Solo Material

Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has posted some new experimental solo material online. More information will be made available as further details are announced. In the meantime, three new solo tracks are available for streaming below:

Happiness by JonathanDavisKorn


Final Days by JonathanDavisKorn


Medicate by JonathanDavisKorn

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More Music As A Weapon Tour Dates Announced

A new batch of dates have been added to the current edition of the "Music As A Weapon Tour." The tour, which features co-headliners Disturbed and Korn with support coming from Sevendust and In This Moment, will now reach an additional five cities across the United States. You can view the full list of newly confirmed dates, cities, and venues below:

03/20 Brookings, SD – Swiftel Center
03/22 Mankato, MN – Verizon Wireless Center
03/24 Council Bluffs, IA – Mid America Center
03/25 Cedar Rapids, IA – US Cellular Arena
03/26 Saginaw, MI – Dow Events Center

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Twenty More Bands Announced For Download 2011

The organisers of Britain's Download Festival has announced a further twenty more names for this year's event, in addition to the previously confirmed bands Linkin Park, System of A Down, Rob Zombie and Avenged Sevenfold. The festival will be held at Donington park from June 10th-12th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Alice Cooper
Alter Bridge
Avenged Sevenfold
Black Veil Brides
Bullet For My Valentine
Clutch
Danzig
Escape The Fate
FM
The Gaslight Anthem
Gwar
Hollywood Undead
Korn
Linkin Park
Mr. Big
Pendulum
Rise To Remain
Rob Zombie
System Of A Down
The Cult
The Damned Things
Thin Lizzy

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More Dates Added To Music As A Weapon Tour

A new batch of dates have been added to the current edition of the "Music As A Weapon Tour." The tour, which features co-headliners Disturbed and Korn with support coming from Sevendust and In This Moment, will now reach an additional eight cities across the United States. You can view the full list of newly confirmed dates, cities, and venues below:

03/08 Belton, TX – Bell County Expo Center
03/09 Las Cruces, TX – NMSU Pan American Center
03/11 Tucson, AZ – Tucson Convention Center
03/12 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
03/13 Sacramento, CA – ARCO Arena
03/15 Portland, OR – Memorial Coliseum
03/17 Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley SunDome
03/18 Missoula, MT – Adams Center

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Slipknot And Korn To Debut "MTV World Stage"

On Friday, January 7th, MTV UK will kick off the "MTV World Stage" series with live footage of Korn and Slipknot. Taping the former at the September, 2010 Ozzfest date at London's famed O2 Arena, and showcasing Slipknot's instantly legendary headlining performance at Download 2009.

The show will be broadcast across the world, excluding North America, on the MTV Network in over 160 countries. U.K. viewers can see the show on MTV UK (Sky channel 350 and Virgin Media channel 311) at 11pm.

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Sydonia To Support Korn On Australian Tour

Melbourne, Australia’s SYDONIA will be supporting KORN on their forthcoming Australian shows, taking place on December 3rd, 4th and 5th. The band has also been added to three days of the famed Woodford Folk Festival, on December 30th and 31st 2010, and Jan 1st, 2011. The festival is expected to draw over 100,000 fans.

Legendary producer/mixer Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Funeral For a Friend, Bullet for My Valentine, As I Lay Dying, etc.) recently came on board to mix the current single "Ocean of Storms." The single will appear on the band’s official world-wide debut album, along with more never-before-heard tracks (one of which was co-written by STONE SOUR’s Roy Mayorga) being completed now. The album is yet to be named and SYDONIA is presently looking for an album deal.

SYDONIA independently recorded, produced and mixed their Australian debut album "Given To Destroyers" in just two weeks. While the band was touring nationally in their home country, they received a personal invite to tour Australia with LAMB OF GOD after vocalist Randy Blythe heard SYDONIA’s "Given to Destroyers" playing in an Australian record store. SYDONIA was also personally invited to tour the east coast of Australia with STONE SOUR, only to then be invited to tour the United States with the band. In addition, the band has also received personal invites to tour Australia with SLIPKNOT and MACHINE HEAD. This year, SYDONIA toured the east coast of Australia with BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME.

You can check out some of Sydonia's music on their MySpace page.

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Slayer, Maiden, Ozzy Get 2011 Grammy Nominations

Nominees for Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance in the 53rd annual Grammy awards have been announced.

Best Hard Rock Performance
Alice in Chains: "A Looking In View"
Ozzy Osbourne: "Let Me Hear You Scream"
Soundgarden: "Black Rain"
Stone Temple Pilots: "Between the Lines"
Them Crooked Vultures: "New Fang"

Best Metal Performance
Iron Maiden: "El Dorado"
Korn: "Let the Guilt Go"
Lamb of God: "In Your Words"
Megadeth: "Sudden Death"
Slayer: "World Painted Blood"

It’s the second nomination in a row for Alice in Chains, Lamb of God, Megadeth and Slayer. Maiden has been nominated twice before but never won. Ozzy has won Best Metal performance twice. Soundgarden won both awards in 1995. Slayer and Korn have two awards each and Stone Temple Pilots have one.

The award ceremony takes place on February 13 in Los Angeles, with the rock and metal awards traditionally held in a lower-key venue than the main televised event.

Last year’s Best Hard Rock Grammy went to AC/DC for "War Machine," which won over Alice in Chains’ "Check My Brain," Linkin Park’s "What I’ve Done," Metallica’s "Unforgiven III" and Nickelback’s "Burn it to the Ground." The Best Metal Performance was won by Judas Priest for "Dissident Aggressor," which was up against Lamb of God’s "Set to Fail," Megadeth’s "Headcrusher," Ministry’s "Senor Peligro" and Slayer’s "Hate Worldwide."

Read the full article at RockAAA.com.

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Bands Announced For "Music As A Weapon V"

The final line-up for the "Music As A Weapon V" tour has been confirmed. The fifth installment of the touring festival will again be headlined by Chicago hard rock act Disturbed. The line-up also includes co-headliners Korn as well as direct support from Sevendust and In This Moment. Confirmed cities for the tour can be found below, with venues to be confirmed at a later date.

Bloomington, IL
Des Moines, IA
Rockford, IL
Hershey, PA
Rochester, NY
West Long Branch, NJ
Glens Falls, NY
Norfolk, VA
Morgantown, WV
Uncasville, CT
Portland, ME
Atlantic City, NJ
Winston-Salem, NC
Fayetteville, NC
Nashville, TN
Biloxi, MS
Corpus Christi, TX
San Antonio, TX
McAllen, TX
Lubbock, TX

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Korn To Tour With Guns N' Roses

Bakersfield, California nu-metallers Korn have revealed the dates for its upcoming tour of Australia, opening for legendary hard rock icons Guns N' Roses. Alongside the tour dates with Guns N' Roses, Korn Will also be headlining their own series of shows in the country.

Korn & Guns N' Roses dates:
December 1 – Townsville, QLD - Reid Park
December 4 – Sydney, NSW - Sydney Olympic Park
December 7 – Adelaide, SA - Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Korn headlining dates:
December 3 – Brisbane, Australia - The Tivoli
December 4 – Sydney, Australia - Hordern Pavilion
December 5 – Melbourne, Australia - Festival Hall

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Korn Announces French Signing

Korn will be signing copies of their new album, "Korn III Remember Who You Are," at Virgin Megastore Champs Elysées on September 21st from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Korn’s ninth studio album, "Korn III: Remember Who You Are" debuted today at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 sales charts. The album sold 63,000 copies

The band is current on tour overseas. Here are the latest tour dates:

Sept 18, 2010 @ 3:30P - O2 Arena London, UNITED KINGDOM
Sep 19, 2010 @ 6:30P - HMH Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Sep 20, 2010 @ 6:30P - Bercy Paris, France
Sep 22, 2010 @ 6:30P - Palasharp Milan, ITALY
Sep 23, 2010 @ 6:30P - Volkhaus Zurich, Schweiz, SWITZERLAND
Sep 24, 2010 @ 8:00P - Zenith, die Kulturhalle München, Bayern, de
Sep 26, 2010 @ 8:00P - Wien BA-CA Halle GASOMETER Vienne, Vienna, at
Sep 28, 2010 @ 1:30A - Hayarkon Park Tel Aviv, ISRAEL
Oct 1, 2010 @ 6:00P - Ancienne Belgique Brussels, BELGIUM
Oct 2, 2010 @ 8:00P - Mannheim Castle Mannheim, Baden-Würt, de
Oct 3, 2010 @ 8:00P - Palladium Köln Cologne, Nordrhein-, de
Oct 5, 2010 @ 7:00P - Haus Auensee Leipzig, Sachsen, de
Oct 6, 2010 @ 7:00P - C-Halle Berlin, Berlin, de
Oct 8, 2010 @ 9:30A - Guildhall Southampton, UNITED KINGDOM
Oct 9, 2010 @ 11:30A - Wolves Civic Hall Wolverhampton, UNITED KINGDOM
Oct 10, 2010 @ 9:30A - Apollo Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM
Oct 16, 2010 @ 6:30P - Saitama Super Arena Tokyo, JAPAN

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Korn Debuts New Video for "Let The Guilt Go"

Korn recently released their newest album "Korn III" and just now debuted their second music video for the album. "Let The Guilt Go" follows some high school students in a typically Korn-styled tale of passion, regret and angst. You can see the video at ArtistDirect.com.

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Shane Gibson Departs Korn for Solo Project

KoRn touring guitarist Shane Gibson has departed the band to pursue his solo project stOrk with drummer Thomas Lang. Combining thrash metal with progressive rock, the self-titled debut “stOrk” from the Los Angeles-based aggressive-progressive, experimental, instrumental metal power trio will be available in stores in November.

The trio is rounded out by Eloy Palacios (Vension) on bass.

You can check out a couple of sample tracks on the band's MySpace player.

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Korn To Perform On Lopez Tonight on August 24th

KORN will be on LopezTonight Tuesday, August 24th. If you're going to be in Los Angeles, you can get free tickets to see them live here (use promo code "korn").

Ted Nugent will be on tonight's show (Thursday, August 19th).

As previously reported, Korn’s ninth studio album, "Korn III: Remember Who You Are," debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 sales charts, selling 63,000 copies. The album also debuted at #1 on the Hard Music Chart, both top and current, and is #1 on the Current Alternative Chart. Internationally, the album debuted top 5 in Austria, Canada, Japan, Germany and New Zealand, Top 10 in Australia, Mexico and Switzerland and Top 20 in France, Denmark and Holland.

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Korn Guitarist Munky Answers Fan Questions

Korn guitarist Munky took the time to answer some fan questions on a couple short videos. Munky answers questions about his favorite song to play live and what is was like being on the T.V. show South Park. Korn is currently on tour headlining the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, and recently released their most recent studio album, "Korn III: Remember Who You Are."

The first video is below, and the second is after the jump.

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Korn Announces New Album Chart Positions

Korn’s ninth studio album, "Korn III: Remember Who You Are" debuted today at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 sales charts. The album sold 63,000 copies. The album also debuted at #1 on the Hard Music Chart, both top and current, and is #1 on the Current Alternative Chart, as well.

Internationally, Korn III debuted top 5 in Austria, Canada, Japan, Germany and New Zealand, Top 10 in Australia, Mexico and Switzerland and Top 20 in France, Denmark and Holland, with several countries yet to report.

Korn will also be hosting a live web chat with fans this coming Thursday, July 22nd at 7:00 PM EST. The web chat will be available at this location.

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Korn Announces Live Chat With Fans

Korn will be hosting a live web chat with fans through Stickam.com this coming Thursday, July 22nd at 7:00 PM EST. Viewers will be able to watch a live video stream of the band and ask their own questions in real time. The web chat will be available at this location.

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Korn Posts Album Track By Track Breakdown

Footage has been posted online of Korn guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer providing part of a track-by-track breakdown of the band's new album "Korn III: Remember Who You Are," which can be viewed below. The new album was released on July 13th, 2010.

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Korn To Perform Inside Crop Circle

Korn is once again reinventing itself and doing something completely innovative, nine albums and two decades into its incredible career. The band will perform for an hour and twenty minutes inside the mysterious crop circle that was recently revealed in the final installment of a viral web campaign. The band worked closely with longtime U.K.-based circle makers, circlemakers.org, on the shadowy design which features a series of intricate circles, one of which includes the iconic KORN logo, and stretches over 920 feet long and 350 feet wide. The concert event, which is a first for a rock band, takes inspiration from the eerie atmosphere of PINK FLOYD's legendary "Live at Pompei". The concert will make its North American broadcast premiere on HDNet on Sunday, July 11 at 8 p.m. ET and will have a worldwide online premiere on Monday, July 12 via MySpace in countries all over the world.

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Israel To Hold Ozzfest Concert This Year

Heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne will be bringing his infamous festival Ozzfest to the Holy Land this year, with a show being scheduled for September 28th HaYarkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel. Only one other band has been confirmed for the event so far, which is Bakersfield, California natives Korn. Stay tuned for further details.

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