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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Korn - KoЯn

Korn (sometimes typed KoЯn to imitate the band's logo) is a heavy metal/alternative metal band from Bakersfield, California, currently signed to EMI/Virgin Records. They are often credited with creating the nu metal genre and inspiring a wave of nu metal, alternative metal, and rap metal bands in the mid 1990s and early 2000s, assisting, in particular, Limp Bizkit (who were discovered by Korn themselves).

Korn History

The first incarnation of Korn was a band known as LAPD. At first LAPD stood for 'Love and Peace Dude'; however they later changed the name to 'Laughing As People Die' in order to be taken more seriously as a band. The group consisted of James "Munky" Shaffer, Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, David Silveria and lead singer Richard Morales, who later left the band, and the remaining members changed their name to Creep, adding guitarist Brian Welch. After adding singer Jonathan Davis (former frontman of Sexart) in 1993, they began calling themselves KoRn, styling their name with a distinctive backwards letter "Я". The band released their debut album, Korn, through Epic/Immortal Records in October, 1994. Korn is arguably the album most responsible for the rise of nu metal and influencing later nu metal bands such as Limp Bizkit, Coal Chamber, Static-X, Adema and Slipknot.

In 1999 KoRn performed at Woodstock '99 in front of thousands of fans. The band cites its performance as one of its most memorable moments.

On 13 March 2006, KoRn released their second single from their album See You On The Other Side entitled "Coming Undone." The video filmed in what appears to be remote desert area shows a simple performance until the sky around them begins to crumble and fall apart from day to night (and that night is a pure galactic night associated with the purest starlight), and then cracks away again giving new meaning to the term - the crack of dawn; and then to complete nothingness. Towards the end of the video the band themselves begin to come unraveled and try holding themselves together until the end of the song, however they still "come undone" and float away into nothingness.

The band followed up their debut album with their second album, Life Is Peachy, in October, 1996. The album was more successful than their first, debuting at No.3 on The Billboard 200. It spawned a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance in the song "No Place to Hide." The album's release featured the first live internet broadcast by the band. KoRn performed songs from the new album and took calls from internet fans watching at home. The event was hosted by longtime KoRn friend, Adam Carolla, known best for his hosting of Loveline. The online performance was one of the first of its kind and helped launch KoRn's internet presence which soon became a predominant part of their marketing and availability to fans.

KoRn have also recently announced the resurrection of their "Family Values Tour", which will kick off on July 27 in Virginia Beach, VA. The Family Values Tour will feature KoRn, Deftones, Stone Sour, Flyleaf, Dir en grey, and other yet-to-be announced bands. This is also the first Family Values Tour that will have a second stage and is in outdoor-pavilions. Tickets for lawn seating will be $9.99.

Korn Members

* Jonathan Houseman "HIV" Davis - vocals
* Reginald Quincy "Fieldy" Arvizu - bass
* David Randall "Wally Balljacker" Silveria - drums, percussion
* James Christian "Munky" Shaffer - guitar, backing vocals

Previous members
* Brian "Head" Welch - guitar, backing vocals (1993-2005)