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TKorn

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     Rocking at the Arco Arena at capacity crowd sporting black Adidas logos and dreadlocks pushed and pulled on each other in a passionate rage during Korn's performance. Korn is still one of the best in its class reinventing nu-metal.
In the rock world, a band that has been together more than a decade is almost middle-aged. So it's not surprising that as Korn entered its 11th year last year, the rap-metal pioneers were deep in the throes of a mid-life crisis.
Korn's co-founder and guitarist, Brian (Head) Welch left the to find religion. With a new Album "See You on the Other Side" with such daring new songs as "Twisted Transistor," "Politics," and "Love Song" among others, it's clear that KoRn--Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Fieldy and David Silveria--have opened the doors to even more creativity. It's supposed to be a more reflective work, less heavy, more reminiscent of the Issues days.
Korn makes a few changes and gets on with proving that it's still a viable force within the world of heavy rock. The venerable veterans lean on outside help from the songwriting team of the Matrix and producer Atticus Ross (Nine-Inch Nails).
 
    Korns live powerful 90-minute show began with the appropriately titled "It's On!" summoning the mosh pits to form in full force.
The band, featuring singer Jonathan Davis, guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer, bassist Fieldy and drummer David Silveria, offered an excellent variety of songs from the new album "See You on the Other Side" and older favorites, which drew an aggressive eagerness from the audience.
Songs included "Dirty," "Falling Away From Me," "Got the Life," "Liar," "Love Song," "Souvenir," but only a short tease of 1996's "A.D.I.D.A.S."
     Davis gave an intense vocal performance, complete with Tazmanian Devil-like babbling, as the band stood with stoic expressions in the background, some wearing sinister-looking masks.
The show was enjoyable without the spectacle that some performers insist on. Modest video screens, featuring images of insects and trees, and lighting effects complemented each song.
There were a few instrumental pauses when Davis changed his attire, which included a charcoal cassock-like number and his trademark Adidas pants.
The highlight of the night came when Davis came out sporting a kilt and bagpipes to perform a clip of the song "Shoots and Ladders" from the band's 1994 debut album.
At the end of the evening, Davis took to the stage alone in a genuine performance of "Tearjerker" from "See You on the Other Side."
The four-song encore consisted of "Twisted Transistor," "Freak on a Leash," "Hypocrites" and "Blind," which drew mosh madness. Lots of energy and fun great show.

 

 

 

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Deliver me from metal: Pastor Ron Vietti, right, accompanied by other pilgrims, prepares to baptize ex-metal guitarist Brian “Head” Welch, 34, center, a founding member of Korn, at Jordan river’s baptismal site near the Kibbutz Kinneret, in northern Israel, in March 2005. Welch was baptized in the Jordan river, just weeks after quitting his band, drug habits and the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle for religion

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