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MATT MUNOZ: Korn enshrined with the greats
By The Bakersfield Californian
The famed RockWalk located outside the Guitar Center storefront on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood has become a mecca for musicians of all ages longing for proof of rock’s immortality.
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Similar to the hallowed courtyard at Mann’s Chinese Theatre, the retailer’s patio area is filled with a series of concrete handprints and plaques belonging to some of the greatest names in rock, blues, jazz and beyond: Chuck Berry, Eddie and Alex Van Halen, Jimmy Page, Carlos Santana, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, The Ramones and countless
“There’s AC/DC, Black Sabbath, all those bands, and now we’ll be joining them. To us, it’s like ‘Welcome to the family.’ It’s as if we’ve finally been accepted after all these years.”
– Jonathan Davis, Korn frontman
On Tuesday, Bakersfield rock band Korn will be added to RockWalk’s collection of handprints, an overdue honor coinciding with the release of the group’s 11th studio album, “The Paradigm Shift.”
“Oh, man, it’s great,” said Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis, 42, during a phone call before the band’s tour stop in Detroit. “There’s AC/DC, Black Sabbath, all those bands, and now we’ll be joining them. To us, it’s like ‘Welcome to the family.’ It’s as if we’ve finally been accepted after all these years.”
Induction into the RockWalk, founded in 1985, is no easy feat. Nominees are subject to a scrupulous voting process set by previous inductees: For musicians, by musicians.
“Korn is about as innovative and influential as they come,” said Dave Weiderman, chairman of Guitar Center’s RockWalk, in a media release. “They have been purveyors of metal’s progression since their formation, and are even credited with creating the nu metal subgenre. For these reasons, and many more, Korn is exactly the type of band the RockWalk is here to honor.”
Add that acknowledgment to the ever-growing list of career milestones for the band, which has maintained one of the most loyal fan bases among their heavy rock peers since debuting in 1993.
Successfully cross-pollinating the abrasiveness of heavy rock and punk with hip-hop and a devil-may-care attitude, Davis and bandmates James “Munky” Shaffer, Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu, Brian “Head” Welch, and drummer Ray Luzier, who replaced original drummer David Silveria six years ago, have had a career most bands can only dream of achieving.
With two Grammy Awards, millions of records sold around the globe, sold-out headlining tours, and a dedication to breaking the mold with each project, the recent honor and new release have put Davis into a reflective mood.
“I mean, it’s one of those moments where you look back at working so hard and doing this for over 20 years. I think any band that survives 20 years together deserves an award,” said Davis.
There’s also the long-hoped-for return of Welch to the lineup after a seven-year absence.
“Head’s definitely back. The fans go crazy at our shows when they see us all together up there. I can’t describe how amazing that feels. Now it’s all about having fun. No one’s overly serious or troubled by the past. We’re at a really good place right now.”
“The Paradigm Shift” has fans’ ears searching for the return of Welch’s sound to complement the rhythmic bond of Shaffer and Arvizu. The album’s first single, “Never Never,” released in August, signals a more melodic turn for the quintet after the dubstep heaviness of their last outing.
“The combination of the electronic sound we brought on ‘The Path of Totality’ with the classic Korn sound is still at work,” Davis said. “Head working together with Munky has brought our past to the present. The fans have been waiting for this. I would say it’s one of the most important records we’ve done.”
Although Tuesday’s RockWalk ceremony in Hollywood is a private, invitation-only event, fans can have the opportunity to catch the band live at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on Oct. 10 and the Fresno County Fair on Oct. 11, just before they hit the road with ghoul rocker Rob Zombie.
But what about a homecoming show at that sweet spot just between Fresno and LA?
“I don’t ever look at the tour schedule too closely, but we’ll most likely be on the road for the next two years. We love our hometown and hope to come back soon,” said Davis.
We’ll hold you to it, fellas — again.
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As you know, Korn is playing tonight in NYC. Below are pictures sent to us within the last hour. Thanks to Andy C for getting these pictures to us so quick with a text to me that said “Kornrow this shit!” DONE.
Korn performs tonight in NYC 9/27/2013
Thanks for the videos Maestroknux
>Love & Meth
Prey For Me
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Back to the roots: Eight years after the departure of Brian “Head” Welch of Korn founding guitarist and his band mates are happy together again – what do Welch and singer Jonathan Davis at our video Blind Date prove. There you can also get a good idea which of the two musicians has once more placed the metal on the eleventh Korn album “The Paradigm Shift” into focus.
Our ten-part video Blind Date celebrate Half: Billy Talent, City And Colour, Mille Petrozza of the Teutonic thrashers Kreator and Thees Uhlmann have been given the honor. The fifth band now comes a new-metal legend added: grain face for charity in aid of FUMs the cameras in our Honda Civic.
That Brian “Head” Welch has returned only in the course of last year after about eight years of absence, the band seems to have been back normalcy for the musician himself and his colleague Jonathan Davis: Both go together loosely around the theme of the mixtape – songs returned to the fold of musicians or bands who have returned to their roots – have apparently already been processed grain for themselves. Instead, Welch and Davis draw from a rich pool of rock’n'roll anecdotes, which has accumulated over 20 years of career.
Who wants to know where Welch is better than Dave Grohl, what Jonathan Davis knows about the intro of Sepultura songs and like Chris Cornell sounds to some ears, should take a look at our video below – or to get the same output VISIONS 247, the you can find at newsstands from today and as always you can also read the full interview.
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Zurück zu den Wurzeln: Acht Jahre nach dem Ausstieg von Brian “Head” Welch sind der Korn-Gründungsgitarrist und seine Bandkollegen wieder glücklich vereint – was Welch und Sänger Jonathan Davis bei unserem Video-Blinddate unter Beweis stellen. Dort bekommt man zudem einen guten Eindruck, welcher der beiden Musiker den Metal auf dem elften Korn-Album “The Paradigm Shift” wieder stärker in den Fokus gerückt hat.
Unser zehnteilige Video-Blinddate feiert Halbzeit: Billy Talent, City And Colour, Mille Petrozza von den Teutonen-Thrashern Kreator sowie Thees Uhlmann haben sich bereits die Ehre gegeben. Als fünfte Band kommt nun eine New-Metal-Legende hinzu: Korn stellen sich für den guten Zweck zugunsten der Stiftung F.U.M.S. den Kameras in unserem Honda Civic.
Dass Brian “Head” Welch erst im Verlauf des vergangenen Jahres nach rund acht Jahren Abwesenheit wieder zur Band zurückgekehrt ist, scheint für den Musiker selbst und seinen Kollegen Jonathan Davis längst wieder Normalität zu sein: Beide gehen locker miteinander um, das Thema des Mixtapes – Songs mit zur Band zurückgekehrten Musikern beziehungsweise von zu ihren Wurzeln zurückgekehrten Bands – haben Korn für sich selbst offenbar bereits verarbeitet. Stattdessen schöpfen Welch und Davis aus einem reichen Fundus an Rock’n'Roll-Anekdoten, der sich im Laufe von 20 Karriere-Jahren angesammelt hat.
Wer wissen will, worin Welch besser ist als Dave Grohl, was Jonathan Davis über das Intro eines Sepultura-Songs weiß und wie Chris Cornell für manche Ohren klingt, sollte unten einen Blick auf unser Video werfen – oder sich gleich VISIONS Ausgabe 247 besorgen, die ihr ab heute am Kiosk findet und in der ihr wie immer das ganze Interview auch nachlesen könnt.
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Korn are set to unleash their new album, ‘The Paradigm Shift,’ on Oct. 8, and the band has performed select songs from the new disc during their recent headlining set at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento.
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After Korn’s electrifying performance that night, Loudwire had a chance to sit down with singer Jonathan Davis for a couple of minutes to talk about the new disc, his trip to visit the troops and the recent news about his addiction to Xanax. Check out our interview with Jonathan Davis below:
Jonathan, you recently visited some military troops overseas. Why was that important to you?
Both my grandfathers were in World War II. My dad’s dad fought in Germany and sustained a bad leg injury but some German soldiers actually found him and got him to a hospital. My mom’s dad survived the Bataan Death March and was also a prisoner of war for three years. So I grew up with all kinds of post traumatic stress because of those guys. And for all they did, I just kind of wanted to say thanks. It seems everyone bitches about them being over there so for me it was the best way to say thank you. It was very emotional and I had some great talks with guys over there that have had some crazy experiences. Some were in shock so it was tough to communicate. But overall was just a really amazing thing.
You even became an official bomb inspector, is that right?
I did! I passed the test, operating this robotic device where you had to pick up a raw egg off of a cone and put in a bowl. And I also got to blow up an IED, that’s an improvised explosive device, which was pretty intense. I was really thankful for all that they let me do because it gave me a deeper understanding of what they’re going through every minute of every day and believe me, it’s way more intensive then we can imagine. We’ve played over there for the troops, which we love doing. All these families come out, they have barbecues and things; it’s really great seeing and playing for all those people.
Now, you have a new album, ‘The Paradigm Shift,’ that’s about to drop …
I’m excited about this one. A lot of people are talking about it, which is good. It’s different, as you may have heard. I think by not doing the same thing over and over it helps us remain relevant. For some bands like AC/DC, it’s actually a good thing to not change things too much. They have an awesome formula. But our formula is to be kind of different each time out.
And you recently spoke about your Xanax addiction. How are you now doing?
I’m getting there. People started wondering about me and the stuff that was going on in my life. I was not doing it recreationally – I was doing it because I have anxiety problems. My doctor said, you should only be on this stuff for a month or so but it was a lot longer. So I went to rehab in Bakersfield, a real rehab place, not some fru-fru place. I was in there for week, shaking like a fish and almost having seizures and all that stuff. Then I got out and went to see the guys in the band. I’ve been on prolonged detox for like five months now. Hard to explain what it feels like. But I made the new record with one foot in limbo and one in reality. Hopefully now I can help a lot of kids, our fans that are going through things like this. Lots of kids suffer from these conditions and I like to help out, that’s a big thing for me. It’s just who I am. I have no problem talking about anything and if I can help others, then great.
Can you recount an early live musical influence growing up in Bakersfield?
Sure. I was 3 years old and I saw a production of ‘Jesus Christ. Superstar.’ My dad, a musician, was in the band. My mom was one of the dancers and she ran off with the guy that played Judas – who went on to become my stepdad (laughs). Because my dad played so much music, I heard all kinds of music. Disco and funk back in the ’70s and ’80s. My dad played all that stuff, and I loved all the great old country up in Bakersfield. Buck Owens, Merle Haggard; the real stuff – the old-school country. We did our new record in the Buck Owens’ studio which was very cool.
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In the mid to late 90’s, the nu metal genre was all the rage– the baggy pants, teen angst and bad hair reigned supreme in the world of rock & roll. One band stood above them all, reigning as ultimate rulers. KORN, often credited with starting the genre, and clearly still king, have since distanced themselves from the stigma. Still continuing to sell millions of albums and redefining themselves, KORN have managed to stay active and quite relevant in the dismal scene that is rock music today.
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I was lucky enough to be offered a listen of their new album, The Paradigm Shift, prior to sitting down with KORN frontman, Jonathan Davis – and wow. Just wow. KORN are a band that have 11 full-length albums under their belts, have won numerous awards and posses one of the most loyal of fan bases – and KORN show no signs of stopping. The Paradigm Shift shows a true return to form for the band, while continuing to grow and breathe fresh air into a once thought stagnant genre.
From the opening track, “Prey For Me,” it is clear that KORN are far from hanging in the towel any time soon. The Paradigm Shift grooves, in every sense of the word. “Love & Meth” and “Punishment Time” lay down the roots of what we all remember KORN for, while establishing fresh ground for the band to continue evolving. The Paradigm Shift is going to quickly become a fan favorite – mark my words. At 7 PM EST (4 PM PST for Mr. Davis) I hopped on the phone to begin what would turn out to be a very chilled out conversation. Jonathan jumped on the phone super relaxed from the get go. Anyone that introduces themselves and then proceeds to ask, “How’s it going, brother?” immediately comes off as someone you can easily talk to.
Without delay I dove into the interview head first…
AltSounds: Can you tell me where you came up with the name of the album?
Jonathan Davis: Head came up with the title, and we felt it was very fitting. It has to do with the way you see things, the way you perceive things. The cover is an optical illusion with the cups and the face…you ask yourself is this a rock record? Is this an electronic record? It’s all in how you want to perceive it.
AltSounds: While your last album was more a hybrid of dubstep and KORN, that’s not the case with this album. The new single, “Never, Never”, has a bit of that in it; but, the album as a whole is more a return to form. Did you guys know where you wanted to go with this record? Or was it kind of a process?
Jonathan Davis: We knew we didn’t want to make another dubstep record. We wanted to do something different and with Head coming back we wrote these songs as a band first and added the electronics after. It was something new that we’d never really done before.
AltSounds: With Head rejoining the band full-time, did that have any pull on which way this album would go? Did it change things for you guys?
Jonathan Davis: I mean, yeah. It was good to have him back, and it opened up the opportunity for Head and Munky to do what they’re so good at. You know, playing off each other. So, it just clicked as if no time had passed. It was great to have our brother back again. With him being back and everything…it really worked.
AltSounds: I noticed you guys are also doing Family Values again. What made you decide to bring that back? (Family Values is returning this year, but as a one day festival instead of a nation-wide tour).
Jonathan Davis: We’ve wanted to bring it back for a while and with Head coming back it just seemed fitting. It was time to bring it back to life.
AltSounds: Any bands in the lineup you can let us know about?
Jonathan Davis: Machine Gun Kelly, Asking Alexandria and Hollywood Undead.
AltSounds: While you have a small tour planned (9/26-10/12), do you have any other tour plans in the works?
Jonathan Davis: We’re doing these few dates before we gear up for a lot more touring next year. For this small stretch of dates, Asking Alexandria will be going out with us.
AltSounds: Going back to the single, the video for “Never, Never,” is visually stunning and the concept is pretty bad-ass. Whose idea was that?
Jonathan Davis: It was the director’s idea. We loved the concept – us fighting time. It just looks really smooth and is very cool looking. We had a ton of fun making it.
AltSounds: Do you have an idea what the next single will be after the album releases?
Jonathan Davis: “Love & Meth” is going to be the next single.
(AltSounds Aside) I had the opportunity to listen to the album in its entirety, and let me be the first to say, this is an excellent single choice. “Love & Meth” is my favorite track on the album; “Prey For Me” (the album opener) is up there as well.
AltSounds: I have to ask. Did the fans have anything to do with the making of this album? Was this your way of trying to appease them? Some of the “hardcore” KORN fans were a bit disappointed with the dubstep influence of the last one.
Jonathan Davis: We wanted to do what we do best. Yes, we love our fans, but we’re not trying to make the same record over and over. Sure, when we write certain parts we say to each other, “The fans are gonna go crazy here,” but the fans that are the most vocal about it, if we paid attention to that all the time, we’d just be making the same thing over and over.
AltSounds: You couldn’t have said it better. You just keep doing you! (laughs)
Jonathan Davis: Exactly!
AltSounds: Well, that about wraps it up for us. Is there anything you’d like to add for the fans that will be reading this article?
Jonathan Davis: We had an amazing time making this record. We’re really, really proud of it. We hope the fans like it and come see us!
AltSounds: That’s awesome. Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us. It’s been a pleasure.
Jonathan Davis: No. Thank you, man!
Hands down, I can say that Jonathan Davis is probably one of the most laid back dudes working in rock music today. There were parts of the interview that he needed me to hold on for a second because his son had just gotten home from school and needed something. It wasn’t long before my own son came banging on my door trying to get in. I guess knowing that Jonathan Davis has to attend to his kids the same way I have to gives him a bit more of a “human” factor, and I like that.
All in all, The Paradigm Shift isn’t going to change the face of rock music as we know it and really break any new ground. That said, it’s a damn good record from a band that has continued to kick ass since day one, and that is something they and the fans should be truly proud of.
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There’s quite a history that goes along with the Family Values name. The first installment of the legendary jaunt merged musical styles for an experience unlike anything else at the time. The 1998 run’s bill featured tour founders Korn, Rammstein, Ice Cube, Limp Bizkit, and Orgy, making for a hell of an evening for all who attended. Subsequent tours included everybody from Stone Temple Pilots and Primus to Deftones and Stone Sour. Simply put, Family Values always elevated the touring game.
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Fast forward to 2013, it’s been six years since Family Values last took flight in 2007. However, it’s returned as a one-day festival that’s bigger and better than ever. Descending upon the 1st Bank Center in Denver, CO on Saturday October 5, the fest boasts a formidable bill including Korn, Hollywood Undead, Asking Alexandria, MGK, and Beware of Darkness. Get tickets here!
It’s happening on the eve of the release of Korn’s highly anticipated The Paradigm Shift October 8, and it’s bound to be equally unforgettable.
You have to pre-order the album now on on iTunes and Amazon. The album is available everywhere in just a few weeks on October 8.
ARTISTdirect.com rounded up Jonathan Davis of Korn, J-Dog of Hollywood Undead, and Ben Bruce of Asking Alexandria for a very special Q&A about it.
See what these gentlemen had to say below!
How did the Family Values festival come together?
Jonathan Davis: Well, we decided to bring it back. Head came back to the band, and it seemed like the right time. We always wanted to do it as more of a one-day festival than the old school runs we used to do. It would be a lot easier as one day. We got that shit hooked up. We’ve had a lot of fun touring and playing with Hollywood Undead so we had them come on with us. We’re getting ready to do some dates with Asking Alexandria, so we thought they would be perfect. It’s been a while. The last Family Values was in 2007. It’s going to be fun. We’re really excited about doing it.
Ben Bruce: I think it’s pretty badass that it’s been brought back along. When we got offered the tour with you guys, I remember thinking, “Now that Head’s back in the band, wouldn’t it be crazy if they did Family Values again?” I remember buying the Family Values DVD when I was a kid with Orgy and Limp Bizkit on it. Lo and behold it happened.
Jonathan Davis: It happened brother! That tour in ’98 was amazing. We wanted to bring it back, start doing it again, and do it every year. It was a fun time. Those shows were so much fun. Everybody had a blast. It was just crazy.
Ben Bruce: We’re really looking forward to it.
Jonathan Davis: It’s going to be great!
Ben Bruce: Except for that Hollywood Undead band…
J-Dog: [Laughs] Yeah, those guys fucking suck…We’re really excited because that was one of those tours and shows we’d always see and think, “Fuck man, they’ve got the coolest lineups!” It seems like a giant party. It’s such a fun show. I never thought we’d ever be able to play it so I’m pretty excited about it. All of us are.
Jonathan Davis: That’s so cool. We’ve got to keep it a party though. The whole thing about it was it was all of these bands who all they did was have a good time, party, and play shows. It was really that simple. We called it “Family Values” to fuck with politicians and shit, but if you were on it, you became part of the family. That’s how it ended up. We all kept in touch, and it was all good.
Ben Bruce: Right on, I’m really looking forward to it.
Jonathan Davis: Me too.
Ben and J-Dog, did you ever attend the tour back in the day?
J-Dog: I never did because I never had a car growing up. Getting to shows was very hard. The House of Blues was as far as I had ever been [Laughs].
Ben Bruce: Living in England, I never got to go. I had the DVD when I was a kid, like I said. I watched that many, many times—partially for the tits [Laughs]. It was a free tit show throughout the course of the DVD. It always seemed like a good time to me. At that point in my life, I never thought I’d get to play on something like that.
Jonathan Davis: That’s so cool!
J-Dog recently told me how much he loved The Path of Totality, and Ben’s favorite Korn record is Untouchables. Those are special records to Jonathan. Why does the albums mean so much to all of you?
Ben Bruce: I don’t really know why Untouchables is my favorite. It was just so different when it came out. They just went down a different lane with the sound and everything. It was really exciting to me. It was about the age when I was getting into that kind of music as well as videos on MTV. That was the album that really popped out and kicked me in the ass when I was younger. That’s probably still why it’s my favorite.
J-Dog: It’s like Ben just said. The Path of Totality was just a different. It seemed like the right timing for it. When you hear it, it’s almost like you’re not expecting it, and it’s just cool. By the way, I love the new single “Never Never”. I think it’s fucking awesome.
Jonathan Davis: Thank you!
J-Dog: I’ve fucking watched it like thirty times on YouTube already.
Jonathan Davis: That video was a trip. Let me tell you both. That Untouchables album was a bitch to make. It was fucking Hell. We worked with Michael Beinhorn who’s fucking notorious. I mean we make albums in like eight months at the longest, maybe. That shit took two-and-a-half years. No shit, we spent two months getting drum sounds—two fucking months. It was every day in that motherfucker before we even laid a track down. It was the first time we ever recorded at 96k. It was the craziest experience ever. I remember when I finally went in to do vocals I spent two days checking vocal mics. They had every vocal mic ever made. They set them up in a big long line. I wish I could find a picture somewhere and show you guys, but there was a big long line, and I had to talk into each one. There were like 50 mics!
Ben Bruce: You’re like, “I just want to record some fucking vocals!”
Jonathan Davis: Yeah dude! I come in and I’m ready to do vocals on the thing, and Beinhorn would say, “Go home, your voice ain’t right”. Like what the fuck. I threw headphones at this motherfucker. I did all of this shit. It was Hell. At the end of it, I can’t take pride because I don’t think a record like that will ever be made again of that expanse.
Ben Bruce: Right!
Jonathan Davis: That shit was retarded, but it was worth it. That’s still one of my favorite records with The Path of Totality. With this new record we did, The Paradigm Shift, I wanted to mix Untouchables and Path together. I think we did it well.
J-Dog: How was it working with Don Gilmore?
Jonathan Davis: I love Don.
J-Dog: He’s awesome.
Jonathan Davis: He’s fucking awesome. Working with him, at first, he comes in hard. I laughed and called him, “The white Tiger Woods” [Laughs].
Jonathan Davis: When we were doing vocals, I’d sick my two little boys on him. That motherfucker doesn’t have any kids. He has no clue! By the time I was doing vocals, he loosened up, and he was screaming and dancing around the studio. He showed my kids how to play golf and use Pro Tools and shit. If you break the wall down, it was fucking awesome. It was such an amazing experience. He’s one of the best producers I’ve ever worked with.
J-Dog: He’s a hard worker. He’ll sit there for like twelve hours straight. Is he still just as bald?
Jonathan Davis: [Laughs] Yeah! He’s still riding around in his BMW with his pastel colors on and his golf bag in the back. It’s fucking funny. He’s badass though.
J-Dog: That’s great.
Ben Bruce: I can’t wait to hear the album.
J-Dog: Judging by the first single, it’s going to be really good.
Jonathan Davis: That song is nothing like any of the other songs on the record. Every song on the album is different. It’s an interesting record.
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