Korn brings it home for the holiday's

Judging from their hometown performance last week at Universal Ampitheatre, Korn's latest venture on the road is proving quite successful.
Formed in 1992 in Bakersfield, CA, the band came home and performed before a sold-out crowd of over 6,000 last Thursday night, proceeding to give their fans almost 2 hours of exactly what they had come to expect from one of the great alternative-metal bands to emerge from the post-grunge era of the early 90s.

Jonathan Davis

The band took to the stage after two stand-out, crowd-pleasing performances from opening bands Skindred and Chevelle, backed by a prison-like stage set, complete with raging fans grouping at them from behind bars.


Starting with the anthemic "Here to Stay" and "Twist, they quickly whipped their crowd into a frenzy with their signature pulsating rhythms, warbling bass lines, and Jonathan Davis' unmatchable screeching, wail and lonely-man, outsider lyrics.

James "Munky" Shaffer

Noteworthy is the control with which James "Munky" Schaffer and Brian "Head" Welch hunch over their guitars and stream along, seamlessly creating an ongoing pulse throughout the theater, while bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Aruizu adds the funk by slamming away at his bass. Drummer David Silveria is obviously having a blast, but, oddly, the largest crowd response came when Davis emerged from backstage blaring a single-note on the bagpipes for what seemed like an eternity prior to breaking into the second half of their set.


In addition to pulling out all the stops with hits from some of their earlier albums, like "Freak On A Leash," "ADIDAS," and "Falling Away From Me," the band also worked through their apparent aggression with last year's "Did My Time," as well as the their radio-friendly rendition of Cameo's 80's hit, "Word Up."

Brian "Head" Welch

Pink Floyd's soulful sing-a-long "Another Brick in the Wall," became a unified anthem for the youth-filled venue, and, of course, the band's famous cover of Metallica's "One" gave Korn's audience a glimpse into the band's earlier inspirations.

Jonathan Davis

The aforementioned bagpipes were a highlight near the midway point, as was the band's medley of your (very foul-mouthed) Grandmother's nursery rhymes, "Shoots and Ladders."

While the overall feel of the show provided nothing new and didn't venture too far off the tried and true metal concert formula, the guys did a great job of making a somewhat large venue fell intimate. Everyone sans Silveria hugged the edge of the stage throughout their performance and made both encores, "Blind" and "Fagget" something worth remembering. The only real drawback of the show was the sound: Loud is fine- but the reverb during a few of the songs was so intense, that many lyrics were barely audible. While much of Korn's appeal comes from volume, depth of sound and pulsing, driving chords, Davis' lyrics- and the way he treats others'- should not be overlooked, and his mic should stay turned up.

You can visit Korn's official website at: www.korn.com

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