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Korn To Play Self-Titled Album 20th Anniversary Shows, Jonathan Davis Rejects ‘Nu Metal’


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Following some rumors, Korn are indeed planning to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut album with select performances. Frontman Jonathan Davis recently told WMMR.com:

“On festivals, we’re gonna play the first album in its entirety. We’re gonna start doing that. We’re even gonna play ‘Daddy.’ And I said I would never do it, but I’m gonna do it anyways. We’re gonna do the complete album in its entirety and then tag on some songs at the end of the show. So, it should be pretty cool, but it’s gonna be very stripped down.

I think we should capture what we were doing at that time when we were coming up. With our first album, we didn’t have any production; it was just one backdrop, so I think it’ll be kinda like that down-and-dirty cool old-school vibe, and we’ll do that first record…Once the 20th anniversary hits [October 11th,] we’ll start doing it.”

Despite the aforementioned album signaling the successful launch of the nu metal genre, Davis still rejects the term. He said of that:

“I’ve always rejected the fact that us getting pigeonholed into some kinda genre that we helped create, they said. It seems like when a band comes out and we do something new and something different, that’s all great.

When a whole bunch of bands jump on the bandwagon and start copying what that one band did, then it gets called something. And those bands are cheap knockoffs of what the original thing was.

So to me that’s why I never liked the ‘nu metal’ term. You don’t call the Red Hot Chili Peppers a funk band. You don’t call Metallica just a thrash band. These are bands that have been around over 20 years.

That have paid their dues and made amazing music that lots of people who have ripped off and they get pigeonholed into these little genres they make up. But to me, that’s why I always haven’t liked it.

But that’s my personal opinion, I mean if people want to call it that, go ahead I don’t care. That’s just for me, that’s just the way I look at it so take my opinion with a grain of salt I guess.”

Davis also spoke of the ‘Prepare For Hell Tour‘ with Slipknot and King 810, saying that they plan to beef up their set for the trek:

“We’re probably gonna do a little heavier set list and just preparing fans for a big ol’ party. It’s gonna be the exact opposite of what Slipknot brings, which is just real heavy, heavy, heavy, fast metal; we do more of a party-type vibe. I think it’s gonna be a good show, ‘cause no one wants to see that twice…It’ll be something for everyone. Something different.”

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