KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer has issued the following update: "I finally had some time to relax after the Family Values Tour. However, since the tour, I've been constantly working on stuff for Emotional Syphon [Munky's record label], and we have so many cool surprises in the works! Thank you so much for all of the support, because this has been an amazing first year for us, and it's only going to get better! "The last show of the Family Values tour was simply fucking awesome! Irvine was packed with friends and family, and it was one of the best dates of the whole tour. Every song, from the old cuts like 'Dead Bodies Everywhere' and 'Good God' to the new stuff like 'Starting Over' and 'Ever Be', set the crowd off! During our cover of 'Another Brick in the Wall', I got the chance to play a solo. I was up there with spotlight on me, and I just got to go for it. Looking up at the crowd in the packed amphitheatre with everyone's eyes on the stage remains one of the most exhilarating things ever! Putting our own spin on that song is always a blast, but that solo's really special for me, and I'm just stoked that we get the chance to play that FLOYD classic live. That show was so good that after 'Blind' I lit my guitar on fire! "Anyway, we've got a lot going on with Emotional Syphon right now. MONSTER IN THE MACHINE is about to launch their first ever U.S. tour! I guarantee these shows are going to be awesome for Shannon and the guys, so be sure to check them out! "Also, this past Saturday, KORN kicked off the 'Bitch We Got A Problem Tour' in Reno. Once again, we've got our boys in DROID on the entire tour! So if you missed us at Family Values, do not miss this tour! DROID is getting tighter, meaner and kicking more ass with each and every show! I'm so excited to watch them destroy the crowds every night! Get there early and head to the pit once they hit stage. "I've got to say this summer was great! Family Values was incredible! It was so much fun signing with the DROID guys at the ESR booth and kicking it with all of you! Come out to the 'Bitch We Got a Problem' shows and be sure to say hi! Also don't miss MONSTER IN THE MACHINE's tour!"
Korn guitarist, James "Munky" Shaffer, has left the band's current European tour for both personal and family reasons. Jonathan Davis said in a statement, "We fully support Munky's need to be home right now and because we want to come through for all of our European fans, the tour will go on. It's what Munky wants us to do, too. We promise to give it our all every night!"
As reported exclusively by The Gauntlet 2 weeks ago, it has been confirmed today that Korn will be headlining the 2-day My Coke Fest in South Africa. The event will be taking place in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Promoters Big Concerts has revealed that a total of 10 bands will be playing at the festival, which will be held at Johannesburg's New Market Racecourse on March 21 before moving to the Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town on March 24.
Do you like beef? A new site reportedly linked to Korn has been launched featuring JD Kornuto. You can check out the site at this location. Korn frontman Jonathan Davis will be embarking on a solo tour starting November 9 in Hartford, CT. You can see the latest Korn video for "Hold On" below
The Gauntlet's own Colette Claire has just checked in from the Korn listening party in Hollywwod, CA with the following account of the new album and video: "It's July 19th 2007 and I've just been to the listening party for Korn's upcoming album, the follow up to 2005's ‘See You on the Other Side'. I am completely buzzing right now and not just because of the free beer. Korn's new album, due out the end of July, is just brilliant. It's one of the best things they have done in years. Before even listening to the actual album, we were first introduced to the video for the first single ‘Evolution' and the trailer for this mocumentary type thing called ‘Evolution/Devolution'. This could be called Korn's first concept album and the video and trailer helped introduce that concept. It's a somewhat humorous look at the "devolution" of society back to monkey form. Check out www.evolutiondevolution.com to see the trailer for yourself: Try to spot Jonathan, its hilarious. The video for ‘Evolution' debuts on MTV 2 on Monday July 23rd and ties into the trailer. I am admittedly a fan of Korn already, but sometimes that makes you a harsher critic rather than an easier one. I was not that impressed by ‘See you on the Other Side' except for a few songs. This new album completely makes up for it. The album, which officially has no title, was produced by Jonathan Davis and Atticus Ross. Ross worked with Korn on the previous album and has also worked with Nine Inch Nails. The layering of keyboards, electronic sounds, and live instruments that was attempted on ‘See you on the Other Side' but felt a little forced, really works on this new album. The raw, live Korn that die-hard fans remember from their very first album and the new, melodic, well-produced Korn have finally merged harmoniously. There are tribal drums, atmospheric keyboard melodies, catchy vocal hooks, heavy breakdowns and even a death metal moment on this album. Its one of Korns most experimental albums but also one of its best song writing wise. There is definite resonance of the work that Davis did on the ‘Queen of the Damned' soundtrack back in 2002 detectable on this new album. This is thanks to the hooks, the song structures, and the use of keyboards. It might also be thanks to the collaboration with keyboardist Zac Baird who toured with the band on their last tour. The collaboration with co-producer Ross doesn't hurt either. A definite hint of Nine Inch Nails influence is detectable in the sound. Songs that stuck with me were 'Love and Luxury.' It had a very melodic, memorable chorus, and a very heavy, tribal rhythm section, which all built up into this almost orchestral outro. The first single ‘Evolution' of course stuck with me with its hooky chorus and fast paced beat. The admittedly Beatles influenced ‘Kiss', which is melodic, dark and heavy, all of the elements good metal music truly needs. Pick up the new Korn July 31st!"