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Filmmaker Drew Fortier To Appear At Nashville Rock n Pod Expo

Filmmaker Drew Fortier To Appear At Nashville Rock n Pod Expo

Filmmaker/Bang Tango guitarist Drew Fortier will be making an appearance at the Nashville Rock n Pod Expo! He is best known as guitarist for Bang Tango, Stephen Shareaux (Kik Tracee), Chuck Mosley (Faith No More), and Zen From Mars; which he co-founded, and includes members of Kik Tracee, Enuff Z’Nuff, Flipp and Fear Factory. He has directed and edited the documentaries ‘Attack of Life: The Bang Tango Movie’ and the upcoming ‘Thanks. And Sorry: The Chuck Mosley Movie.’

Fortier will be on hand at the expo to meet fans as well as offering something very special and exclusive for sale there (which will be revealed in weeks to come)!

Nashville Rock n Pod Expo will also feature Vinnie Vincent of KISS, Thom Hazaert, Mitch Malloy, Brian “Head” Welch, Michael Wagener and many more! The event will feature the best in rock merch from an assortment of vinyl and memorabilia dealers. Additionally, over 25 rock podcasts recording on-site!

Buy your tickets NOW at www.rocknpod.eventbrite.com

About Nashville Rock n Pod Expo
The 2nd annual Nashville Rock n Pod Expo takes place Saturday August 25, 2018 at Nashville Palace in Nashville, TN. Bringing together rock podcasters from all over North America, vinyl/memorabilia vendors, and rock personalities and celebrities; the Nashville Rock n Pod Expo is a celebration of all things rock n roll and podcasting. Get all the latest info on the event at www.nashvillerocknpodexpo.com.

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A KILLER’S CONFESSION: Waylon Reavis On His Life In Music, New Music and More!

A KILLER’S CONFESSION: Waylon Reavis On His Life In Music, New Music and More!

Waylon Reavis has blazed his own trail when it comes to his career in the music industry. He rose to fame as the vocalist for Mushroomhead after taking over the reigns from Jason “J-Mann” Popson in 2004. The early years were a trial by fire but Reavis quickly rose to challenge and captivated audiences around the globe with his powerful performances. Reavis served as co-vocalist for Mushroomhead from 2004 to 2015 and appears on the albums “Savior Sorrow” (2006), “Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children” (2010) and “The Righteous & The Butter?y” (2014), as well as other projects including Tenafly Viper, which also featured former Chimaira bassist Jim LaMarca.

After his departure from the band in late 2015, he set out on a quest to forge his own musical destiny. Pouring his heart and soul (not to  mention countless man hours and quarts of blood, sweat and tears) into his quest for musical exploration paid off in spades — A Killer’s Confession was born! The band, consisting of consists of Waylon Reavis (vocals), Jon Dale (drums), JP Cross (bass), Matt Trumpy (guitar) and Paul Elliott (guitar), unleashed its debut album April 28th via EMP Label Group, the label founded by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. “Unbroken” was produced by Reavis and the song “A Killer’s Confession” was co-produced with Thom Hazaert, Engineer/Mixer Richard Easterling (American Head Charge, Doll Skin, Emperors and Elephants) at Richmond, KY’s Third Sky Studio.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Waylon Reavis to discuss his life in music, breathing life into A Killer’s Confession, the challenges he has faced along the way and what lies ahead for him musical. 

Let’s start at the beginning. How did music first come into your life?

Waylon Reavis

That’s a really good question. As a kid, we had a piano in the house and my sister Amy took lessons. She tells me that when I was a little fella, we’re talking 3 or 4 years old, after she would practice and everyone would leave that they would hear the piano going off. It was from me banging on it! Throughout that, she started to hear chords and notes. Remember, I was just a little fella and nobody was teaching me how to do this and I was figuring out how to put together notes to make a chord, all on my own. At the same time, my dad was saying, “The boys aren’t going to play music. They are going to play football and the girls will play music.” He didn’t want me in music, so I never really pushed on him for it, which would come into play later in my life. He wasn’t really happy about the decisions I had made to become a musician. We ended up resolving that on his deathbed, which is awesome. We talked about it and I asked him why. He really just wanted a good life for me and was just scared that I wouldn’t ever accomplish anything. He said, “If I knew you would have ever gotten this far, I would have supported you but I always thought it was just a fad.” [laughs] That’s kind of how it all started. I come from two families, my dad was divorced and a Southern Baptist and my mom was a Jehovah’s Witness, so, especially on my mother’s side, everything was the devil. [laughs] I wasn’t really allowed to listen or watch too much. I didn’t even truly learn when my birthday was until I was about 7 years old because we weren’t allowed to celebrate it. Birthdays were off-limits and you didn’t celebrate that kind of stuff. I was very sheltered. I couldn’t watch certain programs or listen to certain music.

As I got older, I started sneaking around and listening to Metallica, when I was around 15 years old. Music became a big part of my life as a teenager. Music for a teenager is a big thing! I started seeing these local bands and I had no clue you could do this. I never realized that you could pick up a guitar, have someone play drums and write your own songs. I had no clue how to write a song or anything like that! I had this moment when I was like, “Wow!” Then, my buddy got me into Marilyn Manson and Korn. They were on tour with Danzig. It was May 5, 1995, and that was the first national concert I ever went to! I snuck out of my house and said I was going to spend the night at my buddy’s house and we went to see the concert. Korn was opening the show and they were playing the self-titled album. By the time they had gotten offstage, my whole life’s path was set for me, if you catch my drift. It was one of those life-changing moments for me. That was the moment when I realized there was nothing more important than doing this, other than raising my children and all of that. I’m so thankful for that and I have so many good memories and so many bad memories! [laughs] I wouldn’t change a thing! If it hadn’t been for everything that happened before today then I wouldn’t be right here, right now speaking with you.

As you said, you experienced ups and downs along the way. What served as fuel for your creative fire?

That’s a great question! I live off of emotion and if I’m not really feeling my life, meaning that I’m not really into a project I’m doing, it’s going to reflect in the music. What’s really fueled A Killer’s Confession is that it all comes back to being on me. With Mushroomhead, it was Steve [Felton]’s project and vision. They created their sound long before I came around. I added to that. I’m not trying to be arrogant but it’s not something I helped create along the way. A Killer’s Confession has brought me back to what I want to do. Lyrically and creatively, it came back to me like it had when I was first starting but now everything I have learned from Mushroomhead also comes into play. Now I know how to properly do things in the studio and stuff like that. I can take all that experience and put it into this project. The inspirations come from dreams that I have. We’re in a great space creatively. I will lay back and have a melody in my head and somehow, in my dream state, I’m able to put my words to it. The words tell the stories of these things that are weighing on my mind. For example, “1080p,” off this album, is very much about social media and the loss of a connection between people these days and how you are glued to what social media is telling you. A Killer’s Confession has also allowed me explore my inner demons and dealing with myself. I think it’s my inner-psyche speaking now. I’m lucky it’s been coming to me so easily and once it’s there, it’s there. I feel like I have so much to say but I’m such a sporadic guy from one moment to the next, I feel like the back side of my mind put it together for me! [laughs] There was a point where I was talking to them and we had seven songs for the next album and we hadn’t even released the first one! They have started turning new stuff over to me, which I’m loving, and it’s really good too! I’m not even gonna lie. I called and said, “You motherfucker! I love it! You made it that fucking good that it’s going to be that much harder to write! Fuck you!” [laughs] It’s one of those situations.

What goals or aspirations did you have when you went into this project?

I wanted this to be the greatest thing I have ever done. I wanted this to be the culmination of everything I’ve worked so hard at over the years and didn’t quite get there. I wanted this to take all those failures and achievements and put them together. This is what everything I have worked for over the years has become. Everything I have learned and everything I have strove to achieve has come together to become the greatest thing I’ve ever done. I really think this project suits me as a vocalist. Style-wise, with [Matt] Trumpy and the guys I work with, they get it. They get what type of vocalist I am and they write for that! They really try to cater to who Waylon Reavis is as a vocalist. I can’t be more thankful to have that because it could be someone just throwing some shit together on Pro Tools, chopping it up and changing what you thought it would be. These guys sent me full songs and allow me to see it through before any changes are made. There are times when a part may not be working for me or I don’t think it sits right. They allow me to work the song through, so that I can get the full idea through. I’m very proud of this project and I really believe it’s the best thing I have ever done and it’s just getting started!

What are the biggest challenges you faced in bringing A Killer’s Confession to life?

With this project, my wife and I quickly learned, to get our shit together and have the right equipment. It was very expensive to put it all back together because I was a vocalist. I understood this was my project. The guys I choose, who I call The Chosen Ones because they really are, they were the right people at the right time! Aside from that, it came down to getting the right equipment. None of these guys had a lot of money and we pretty much dumped our entire life savings into this. Usually, that is something you would do over time through playing shows. I wasn’t really given that option, if ya know what I’m saying! [laughs] We had to get it all together and it was definitely stressful. Ya know, the band has really only been together since September. Think about that and look at how much we have already done! It’s unheard of to be able to create a band, tour, be in the press, write and album and finish it, all starting in September. The album has been finished since December. You see, we had A Killer’s Confession, we did it and when we released that on October 30, 2016, they were already writing the songs for “Unbroken.” I got that in mid-November. I went in after Thanksgiving, somewhere around the 10th of December, and we finished it. That’s how long it was to write the album! He had like 30 days to do the album and I did the vocals in like two weeks altogether.

Where are you headed creatively in the future with A Killer’s Confession?

Oh my god! Like I said, we are already moving ahead. I think it’s going to be more refined. “Unbroken” had more of a raw edge to it because it was done so quickly. Moving forward, it’s still going to have the A Killer’s Confession sound but it will be more refined. What I love about [Matt] Trumpy is that he takes what I love the most about music, the Korn sound, and mixes it with that Meshuggah anger. He has realized that I am a huge Maynard [James Keenan] fan and he pulls a certain Tool/A Perfect Circle element into it with some of the flows he does. I have named the style he brings me Perfect Kornshuggah! [laughs] I think it’s going to blossom and become its own thing. I think it’s going to become a band where you hear it and you know it’s us. It’s hard to put into words but I’m excited about it! Like I said, their songs floored me so much I had to tell my guitarist “Fuck you” for being so good! [laughs] It really was, man! It’s not this factory type of bullshit where I am just trying to push music out because I have to do it because I have to do another tour cycle.

We have a plan — 10 years, 10 albums and out. I don’t really want to be out but that is my goal; I want to do an album every year. We are living in the age of ADD. Kids today, their opinions change, so you might as well change with them, as quickly as you can! Keep that new material running and have something new for tomorrow! Every time we finish an album, we are starting another album. If a major label comes along and decides they want to throw in to work with us, that’s something I would be very welcoming to do because it’s something I’ve never done. I feel, as a musician, you should never stop learning. Don’t ever think you’re the best you can be and you know more than everybody else. I constantly want to learn and I want to learn from somebody, so if that opportunity ever popped up, I would totally take it. I think it would be a very good educational experience for me in the group. I tell guys to always be on the lookout to learn something new and watch other bands. You don’t want to steal styles but be influenced by them and learn from it. If somebody’s doing something you really enjoy, find out what it is about it that you’re enjoying!

You do what you love and are someone who isn’t afraid to put their nose to the grindstone to make things happen. What is the best lesson we can take from your journey?

First of all, don’t burn your bridges. No matter how mad you get, don’t do it. We’ve got to be better than that. Learn from me. Secondly, remember the people who put you there. Love them and treat them like family! Those fans will stick by you and will pick you up when you fall. Always be good to them. Don’t put yourself in the position to make them look like fools, don’t treat them like fools and damn sure don’t money gouge them! Be there for them because they give you the opportunity to be a force in their life. They are the whole reason you are there. Honestly, that has been the key to my success. I love my fans and they know it! They are the unofficial sixth member of my band. I don’t try to cut them off from it. They’re just as much a part of the group as the group is. I try to connect with them whenever possible through social media. I tried to welcome them into my personal life as much as I can. I love them and I want them to get the opportunity to meet me. I’m nobody special. I put my pants on one leg at a time, I eat hamburgers and God knows I fart! [laughs] When they walk up to me, I don’t want them to be afraid. I want them to feel like they know me because that’s the way I’m going to treat them. I’m going to treat you like you’re an old neighbor or an old friend! Some people call it a flaw but I really think it’s been the key to my success — treating the fan as a person, not a commodity or a paycheck.

As you said, you are fairly transparent when it comes to your life. Are there are misconceptions about yourself?

Oh, yes, of course. A lot of people see the Mushroomhead stuff and the evil eyes … there’s a look I give. They don’t realize that I’m just being entertaining. With Mushroomhead, people love to pay to get scared. They do! They like that intensity! So yeah, there are misconceptions. My family even has misconceptions. My stepmother, for years, just thought the whole thing was done about the damn devil. I’m not the devil, I’m just lil’ ol’ Waylon! A lot of people had misconceptions about that and there were lots of rumors but that’s just people talkin’ out the back side of their face. People just need to read between the lines, man. Entertainment is just entertainment, it is. What I’m giving you when I doing the via feed on social media, that’s the dude you are going to meet! That is him. There is no act or bullshit there. I’m just being me! I talk like a broken wheelbarrow, I scream like a demon and I sing like an angel! I’m sorry! [laughs]

You are on the front lines as a working artist. What are the pros and cons of today’s music industry?

The first con is … get your head out of your ass and realize, if you’re my age, that this is not the industry you grew up with. It’s not. I think Ice-T said it best, when he said music is going to wind up being free one day. We’re just going to end up giving it away. No one buys CDs these days or at least no where near the way they did in the past. Get over getting rich, the drugs, women and fancy cars. Get over that shit! Do it because you love it! It’s a hard road. When you get on the road, you’re going to miss the ones you love. I love my fans and my band but when I’m gone, I miss my kids and my family. The only way I can make this work is by being on the road, which means I’m gone. You’ve got to love what you do because you’re going to be one of the loneliest individuals on the planet if you go and do this. You can surround yourself with a bunch of yes-men who can be your fluffer for your ego! [laughs] It can be a very lonely place. I’m lucky because I treated all as family and I try to stay close to my family and band. The motto of the company, AKC Global, is “Be loyal to your job and love your family.” I say that because the more loyal you are to your job, the more money you are going to make and the better you will be able to take care of your family. By the end of the whole journey, it’s all going to be one! It’s all going to be family. Keep your head in the right spot and push forward! The other important thing to remember is not to mimic what’s going on any given time. If you’re mimicking what is going on right now, you’re already 10 steps behind anyway. The greatest thing about being a musician is figuring out who you are and what your sound is. When you figure that out, that’s when your career starts being defined. I think that’s happening for me right now! It’s funny. I’m in the studio now and it feels like it’s something I should be at 25 years old. I’m like, “Lord, just give me some more years!” [laughs]

We wish you the best, Waylon. I look forward to seeing where you take A Killer’s Confession in the years to come!

Thank you, man! I really appreciate you taking the time, brother! Take care!

For all the latest news and tour dates for A Killer’s Confession, visit the official website at www.akillersconfession.com and follow the band on Facebook. Be sure to follow the continuing adventures of Waylon Reavis via Facebook

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Waylon Reavis’ A Killer’s Confession Announces Tour Dates

Waylon Reavis’ A Killer’s Confession Announces Tour Dates

A KILLER’S CONFESSION, the new project of former Mushroomhead vocalist Waylon Reavis, has announced dates for their first US tour dubbed “THE YEAR OF THE KILLERS” featuring EMP Labelmates Dead By Wednesday, plus Kissing Candice, and Erasing Never. Dates are as follows.

1/27/2017 Jacksonville, NC Hooligans
1/28/2017 Clarksville, TN The Warehouse
1/31/2017 Orlando, FL The Haven
2/1/2017 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero
2/2/2017 Reading, PA Reverb
2/3/2017 Queens, NY Blackthorn 51
2/4/2017 Providence, RI Fete Music Hall
2/8/2017 Toronto, ON The Coalition
2/9/2017 Rochester, NY Pineapple Jack’s
2/10/2017 Akron, OH The Empire
2/11/2017 Fort Wayne, IN The Hub
2/12/2017 Covington, KY Madison Live
2/13/2017 Johnson City, TN The Hideaway
2/15/2017 Cudahy, WI The Metal Grill
2/16/2017 Mansfield, OH Whiskey Warehouse
2/17/2017 Chicago, IL Portage Theater
2/18/2017 Detroit, MI The Token Lounge

AKC has also revealed the cover art for their debut full-length LP, UNBROKEN, being released in March via (Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s) EMP LABEL GROUP/AMPED. The intense album was rendered by legendary comic/horror artist “Mister Sam” Shearon, responsible for artwork for Rob Zombie, Fear Factory, Rammstein, Iron Maiden, Arise In Chaos, Clive Barker (Books of Blood, Hellraiser), IDW Publishing (KISS, MARS ATTACKS, THE X-FILES, JUDGE DREDD) and more. The album is available in several pre-order configurations now from empmerch.com.

The debut single “A Killer’s Confession”, featuring Brian “Head” Welch from Korn, was released to Metal Radio in November, and debuted on the CMJ most added list.

For More Info:
http://www.akillersconfession.com
http://www.emplabelgroup.com
http://www.facebook.com/waylonreavis
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KORN Unveil New Video for “Insanity” From Upcoming Album, ‘The Serenity of Suffering’

KORN Unveil New Video for “Insanity” From Upcoming Album, ‘The Serenity of Suffering’

korn-2016-shock

The multi-platinum Grammy-winning rock band KORN have unveiled the strange and fascinating video for “Insane” today (August 22) via LOUDWIRE.COM. Directed by Ryan Valdez, it’s a ghastly take on post-mortem photography or ‘momento mori,’ the practice of preserving loved ones after death with images.

Filled with heavily distorted riffs and bloodcurdling deep growls, “Insane”– available at all DSP’s today–appears on KORN‘s upcoming 12th studio albumTHE SERENITY OF SUFFERING.  Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones, Mastodon), the album will be released October 21 and features a special guest appearance from Corey Taylor of Slipknot. Pre-order the album here: http://flyt.it/KORNSOS

The first single “Rotting In Vain” has been streamed 2 million times and is fast approaching Top 10 at Rock Radio. The single’s macabre video–which is now over 4 million views–stars “Sons of Anarchy” actor Tommy Flanagan along with KORN and taps into the dark underbelly of a bizarre world. View the video-lensed by famed rock video director Dean Karr–now here: https://youtu.be/nq9j1qkj2Vc

KORNJonathan Davis (vocals),  James “Munky” Shaffer (guitar), Brian “Head” Welch (guitar), Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu (bass) and Ray Luzier (drums)–is currently in the midst of their successful “Return of the Dreads Tour” with co-headliner Rob Zombie and special guest In This Moment through September 3. Beginning September 24KORN will share co-headlining duties with Breaking Benjamin on the “Nocturnal Underground” fall arena tour, featuring special guests Motionless In White and Silver Snakes, that takes the band deep into the heart of America through late October. Additionally, KORN is also set to appear at the Louder Than Life and Aftershock Festival in October. KORN’s full tour routing can be found below.

KORN’s complete U.S. tour routing for 2016 is: 

Co-headlining with Rob Zombie
Tue
8/23
Toronto, ON
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Wed
8/24
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Blossom Music Center
Thu
8/25
Burgettstown, PA
First Niagara Pavilion
Sat
8/27
Syracuse, NY
Lakeview Amphitheater
Sun
8/28
Boston, MA
Xfinity Center
Tue
8/30
Holmdel, NJ
PNC Bank Arts Center
Thu
9/1
Hartford, CT
Xfinity Theatre
Fri
9/2
Camden, NJ
BB&T Pavilion
Sat
9/3
Bristow, VA
Jiffy Lube Live

Co-headlining with Breaking Benjamin
Sat
9/24
Fargo, ND
Scheels Arena
Sun
9/25
Omaha, NE
Baxter Arena
Tue
9/27
Cedar Rapids, IA
US Cellular Center
Wed
9/28
Peoria, IL
Peoria Civic Center
Festival Appearances
Sat
10/1
Madison, WI
JJO Sonic Boom
Sun
10/2
Louisville, KY
Louder Than Life
Co-headlining with Breaking Benjamin
Wed
10/5
Charlotte, NC
PNC Music Pavilion
Fri
10/7
Pelham, AL
Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Sat
10/8
Southaven, MS
Landers Center
Sun
10/9
Biloxi, MS
Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Tue
10/11
Tampa, FL
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
Wed
10/12
Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Thu
10/13
Alpharetta, GA
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sat
10/15
Rogers, AR
Walmart AMP
Sun
10/16
Tulsa, OK
BOK Center
Tue
10/18
Topeka, KS
Landon Arena
Wed
10/19
Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs World Arena
Festival Appearance
Sat
10/22
Sacramento, CA
Aftershock Festival

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Korn Announces 12th Studio Album, ‘Serenity of The Suffering,’ On October 21st

Korn Announces 12th Studio Album, ‘Serenity of The Suffering,’ On October 21st

'The Serenity of Suffering' cover art by Ron English.

‘The Serenity of Suffering’ cover art by Ron English.

Following great anticipation, KORN–one of the most influential rock bands of modern times have announced their 12th studio albumTHE SERENITY OF SUFFERING. Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones, Mastodon), the album will be released on October 21 and features a special guest appearance from Corey Taylor of Slipknot. It marks the band’s welcomed return to Roadrunner Records who previously released 2010’s KORN III – Remember Who You Are and 2011’s The Path of Totality.

KORN–Jonathan Davis (vocals),  James “Munky” Shaffer (guitar), Brian “Head” Welch (guitar), Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu (bass) and Ray Luzier (drums)-performed the first single “Rotting In Vain” in front of 25,000 peopleduring a thunderous set at Chicago’s Open Air festival this past Saturday, July 16.  Today, fans everywhere can tune in as the song is officially released alongside its video with the launch of the album’s pre-order here: http://flyt.it/KORNSOS

“‘Rotting in Vain’ was written about being in that black place, being in situations that I don’t like in life–be it relationships, or feeling when you’re stuck and you’re just being abused or you don’t like where you’re at, and you just sit there and rot,” shares Jonathan Davis.  “It takes you years and years to figure out how to claw your way out. That’s where ‘Rotting in Vain’ came from. I’m just sitting there, fucking dying and letting it happen for years and years and not helping myself to get out of that place. That’s the vibe that inspired the song.”

“Rotting In Vain”‘s macabre video–which makes its premiere today via Rollingstone.com–captures the essence of the song.  Starring “Sons of Anarchy” actor Tommy Flanagan along with KORN, the video taps into the dark underbelly of a bizarre world. View the video-lensed by famed rock video director Dean Karr below.

Earlier this week, the multi-platinum Grammy-winning rock band kicked off the “Return of the Dreads Tour,” their co-headlining summer trek with Rob Zombie and special guest In This Moment that crosses the U.S. through September 3.Beginning September 24, KORN will share co-headlining duties with Breaking Benjamin on the “Nocturnal Underground” fall arena tour, featuring special guests Motionless In White and Silver Snakes, that takes the band deep into the heart of America through late October. Additionally, KORN is also set to appear at the Louder Than Life and Aftershock Festival in October. KORN’s full tour routing can be found below.

KORN’s complete U.S. tour routing for 2016 is:

Co-headlining with Rob Zombie

 

Fri
7/22
Albuquerque, NM
Isleta Amphitheater
Sat
7/23
Phoenix, AZ
Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sun
7/24
Irvine, CA
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
Tue
7/26
Nampa (Boise), ID
Idaho Center Amphitheater
Wed
7/27
Auburn, WA
White River Amphitheatre
Fri
7/29
Mountain View, CA
Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sat
7/30
Las Vegas, NV
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Tue
8/2
Austin, TX
Austin 360 Amphitheater
Wed
8/3
The Woodlands, TX
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Thu
8/4
Dallas, TX
Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sat
8/6
Noblesville, IN
Klipsch Music Center
Sun
8/7
Cincinnati, OH
Riverbend Music Center
Tue
8/9
Maryland Heights, MO
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Wed
8/10
Kansas City, MO
Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
Sat
8/20
Mt. Pleasant, MI
Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort (without Rob Zombie)
Sun
8/21
Clarkston, MI
DTE Energy Music Theatre
Tue
8/23
Toronto, ON
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Wed
8/24
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Blossom Music Center
Thu
8/25
Burgettstown, PA
First Niagara Pavilion
Sat
8/27
Syracuse, NY
Lakeview Amphitheater
Sun
8/28
Boston, MA
Xfinity Center
Tue
8/30
Holmdel, NJ
PNC Bank Arts Center
Thu
9/1
Hartford, CT
Xfinity Theatre
Fri
9/2
Camden, NJ
BB&T Pavilion
Sat
9/3
Bristow, VA
Jiffy Lube Live

Co-headlining with Breaking Benjamin

Sat
9/24
Fargo, ND
Scheels Arena
Sun
9/25
Omaha, NE
Baxter Arena
Tue
9/27
Cedar Rapids, IA
US Cellular Center
Wed
9/28
Peoria, IL
Peoria Civic Center

Festival Appearances

Sat
10/1
Madison, WI
JJO Sonic Boom
Sun
10/2
Louisville, KY
Louder Than Life

Co-headlining with Breaking Benjamin

Wed
10/5
Charlotte, NC
PNC Music Pavilion
Fri
10/7
Pelham, AL
Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Sat
10/8
Southaven, MS
Landers Center
Sun
10/9
Biloxi, MS
Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Tue
10/11
Tampa, FL
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Wed
10/12
Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Thu
10/13
Alpharetta, GA
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sat
10/15
Rogers, AR
Walmart AMP
Sun
10/16
Tulsa, OK
BOK Center
Tue
10/18
Topeka, KS
Landon Arena
Wed
10/19
Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs World Arena

Festival Appearance

Sat
10/22
Sacramento, CA
Aftershock Festival

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KORN Announces the ‘Nocturnal Underground Tour’ For Fall 2016

KORN Announces the ‘Nocturnal Underground Tour’ For Fall 2016

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KORN has announced details for the “NOCTURNAL UNDERGROUND TOUR where they will share co-headlining duties with Breaking Benjamin and will be joined by special guests Motionless In White and Silver Snakes.

Tickets for the highly anticipated tour will go on-sale this Friday, June 10 in most markets via Ticketmaster. VIP packages will also be available.

The “NOCTURNAL UNDERGROUND” arena tour will kick off on September 24 at Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND taking KORN deep into the heart of America through late October. On this out, the band will pass through such markets as Omaha, Cedar Rapids, Charlotte, Biloxi, Tampa, Jacksonville, Tulsa and beyond.  In between, KORNwill appear at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, KY on October 2.  KORN’s full tour routing-which also includes the Return of the Dreads Tour (their co-headlining trek with Rob Zombie this summer)-can be found below.

It’s no secret KORN have been hunkered down in the studio working on a new album, as Brian “Head” Welch told Billboard earlier this year, “We’re focusing on guitars and spending a lot of time on them.  It sounds really good, and I think it’s going to end up a heavier record.”  It’s quite possible new tracks will be heard this fall.

KORN’s complete U.S. tour routing for 2016 is:

Festival Appearance:
Sat

7/16

Chicago, IL

Chicago Open Air

Co-headlining with Rob Zombie
Tue
7/19
Englewood, CO
Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Wed
7/20
Salt Lake City, UT
USANA Amphitheatre
Fri
7/22
Albuquerque, NM
Isleta Amphitheater
Sat
7/23
Phoenix, AZ
Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sun
7/24
Irvine, CA
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
Tue
7/26
Nampa (Boise), ID
Idaho Center Amphitheater
Wed
7/27
Auburn, WA
White River Amphitheatre
Fri
7/29
Mountain View, CA
Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sat
7/30
Las Vegas, NV
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Tue
8/2
Austin, TX
Austin 360 Amphitheater
Wed
8/3
The Woodlands, TX
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Thu
8/4
Dallas, TX
Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sat
8/6
Noblesville, IN
Klipsch Music Center
Sun
8/7
Cincinnati, OH
Riverbend Music Center
Tue
8/9
Maryland Heights, MO
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Wed
8/10
Kansas City, MO
Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
Sun
8/21
Clarkston, MI
DTE Energy Music Theatre
Tue
8/23
Toronto, ON
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Wed
8/24
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Blossom Music Center
Thu
8/25
Burgettstown, PA
First Niagara Pavilion
Sat
8/27
Syracuse, NY
Lakeview Amphitheater
Sun
8/28
Boston, MA
Xfinity Center
Tue
8/30
Holmdel, NJ
PNC Bank Arts Center
Thu
9/1
Hartford, CT
Xfinity Theatre
Fri
9/2
Camden, NJ
BB&T Pavilion
Sat

9/3

Bristow, VA

Jiffy Lube Live

Co-headlining with Breaking Benjamin
Sat
9/24
Fargo, ND
Scheels Arena
Sun
9/25
Omaha, NE
Baxter Arena
Tue
9/27
Cedar Rapids, IA
US Cellular Center
Wed

9/28

Peoria, IL

Peoria Civic Center

Festival Appearance:
Sun

10/2

Louisville, KY

Louder Than Life

Co-headlining with Breaking Benjamin
Wed
10/5
Charlotte, NC
PNC Music Pavilion
Fri
10/7
Pelham, AL
Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Sat
10/8
Southaven, MS
Landers Center
Sun
10/9
Biloxi, MS
Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Tue
10/11
Tampa, FL
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
Wed
10/12
Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Thu
10/13
Alpharetta, GA
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sat
10/15
Rogers, AR
Walmart AMP
Sun
10/16
Tulsa, OK
BOK Center
Wed

10/19

Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado Springs World Arena

About KORN:
KORN built an immortal bond in 1993 the first time Jonathan Davis, James “Munky” Shaffer, Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, and Brian “Head” Welch decided to make music as a unit. They shed blood, sweat, and tears in the studio and on stage, fashioning an undeniable and unique sound that would permanently alter the course of rock music. After six seminal releases, two Grammy Awards, countless sold out shows, and selling 35 million albums worldwide, Head left the group in 2004 to face the demons of addiction. KORN soldiered on, adding drummer Ray Luzier in 2007 and releasing four more full-length releases. In 2012, a triumphant and tear-filled reunion happened on stage as the group headlined the Carolina Rebellion Festival with Head reprising his legendary part on “Blind.” The initial bond came back into focus, and it was time for their next studio album, The Paradigm Shift, which seamlessly melds the group’s ever-present spirit of innovation with their signature metallic catharsis, paving the way for the future yet again. In 2014, KORN started their 20th anniversary celebrations, playing their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album in its entirety. The shows were so well received, the group continued the festivities into 2015, performing the record on tour to fans around the world. At present, KORN is back in the studio hard at work on their twelfth album set for release in 2016.

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Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch To Release New Book On May 17th

Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch To Release New Book On May 17th

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Musician and New York Times best selling author BRIAN ‘HEAD’ WELCH made headlines in 2005 when he abandoned heavy metal super-group KORN after a very personal spiritual encounter he had at his home in California. With My Eyes Wide Open: Miracles and Mistakes On My Way Back To Korndue out May 17, 2016from Nelson Books-is the guitarist’s account of the brutal, eye-opening eight years he spent as a single Dad after leaving KORN, leading up to his controversial decision to rejoin the band in 2013 and reconcile with the tribe of people he once considered family in the metal music scene. Written with Carol Traver, the book is 240 pages in length, featuring 16 full color photos from WELCH‘s personal archive.

Save Me From Myself,WELCH‘s very public and disruptive conversion not only inspired him to leave a life of unbelievable excess with the band he helped found, but also gave him the strength he needed to overcome addictions to cocaine, alcohol, pills, as well as the drug that would almost completely destroy his life: meth amphetamines. Nevertheless, his instinct for bad decisions lingered, and what followed was a near decade-long trial by fire-from the perils of fathering a teen lost in depression and self-mutilation to the harsh realities of playing solo and surviving financial ruin-this intensely inspiring redemption saga is unlike any other.

Told with humor and no-holds-barred frankness, the raw and brutally honest follow-up to WELCH’s 2007 bestseller, Save Me From Myself, will appeal to a wide range of readers. With My Eyes Wide Open is truly an inspiring story for all.

The book’s release will also come with an exclusive free download link to a new song from WELCH’s solo band Love & Death

Fans can pre-order the book at any book retailer including AmazonBarnes and Noble and ChristianBook.com.  It will also be available at www.brianheadwelch.net.  The official webstore will also have specially priced bundled product and limited edition items from Brian ‘Head’ Welch and Love & Death. 

Praise for With My Eyes Wide Open:

“The hardest thing we think we will ever do as a musician is try and survive in the shark infested waters that some call the music industry. Then something harder yet beautiful is revealed to you; God blesses you with a child. Next, the worst case scenario reveals itself; you have to fight the satanic sharks, tour the world, and raise a child-all at the same time. Mix in some drugs, a divorce and a few million dollars and you’re lucky to get out alive. But what about the child? Brian did something mostly unheard of. He quit his band, quit the drugs and raised his daughter alone. Sounds like a fairytale? Well, that’s when things really got bad. With My Eyes Wide Open is raw and honest – a must read.”
–Nikki Sixx, Motley Crüe & Sixx:A.M.

“There are few people whose honesty – innocent, raw, and beautiful – can match that of my friend Brian Welch. His story told in his new book With My Eyes Wide Open
is affecting, inspiring, and much-needed.”
–Eric Metaxas, New York Times Bestselling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, and Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life.

“There are those who never leave home, never see what’s beyond the fences. There are also those who leave home as quick as they can, desperate for the changes just out of eyeshot. Then there are the people who need to leave in order to see how much they need their home, and vice versa. Brian is the latter. His road led away, but it brought him back to where he needed to be.
As a fan, I’m glad he’s back.”
–Corey Taylor, author and vocalist for Slipknot and Stone Sour

“I’ve never met anyone like Brian. Ever. He is what I would call the human definition of enigma-a mystery. And that isn’t because he wants it that way. The world of heavy metal music has its own image. Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll. And Brian, you could say, personifies that very image. But that is just our own misconception. Brian is, to his soul, a kind, approachable, loving person, who realized his love for Jesus and changed his world.
And after you read his story, your world just might change as well.”
–Scott Hamilton, Olympic gold medalist figure skater

Brian “Head” Welch is the co-founder and lead guitarist of the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum metal band KORN. He is also the bestselling author of the book Save Me from Myself. For more info, visit brianheadwelch.netand connect on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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KORN Announces Limited Edition Photo Book Documenting Their 20-Year History On October 27th

KORN Announces Limited Edition Photo Book Documenting Their 20-Year History On October 27th

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The first KORN album was released on October 11, 1994. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum hard rock innovators announced today (10/13) they will release a limited edition 300-page hard cover photo book, Korn: Est. 1994, on Tuesday, October 27, that includes images from two decades of archives paired with brand new notes, stories and commentary from band members. The book will give fans unlimited access into a career that includes 11 seminal releases, countless sold-out shows, and 35 million albums sold worldwide.

Fans can pre-order the photo book exclusively via Pledge Music for $55 (with a deluxe package available for $90 that includes the photo book and a limited-edition litho print of the band’s debut album cover) up until Tuesday, October 20 and then the book will be available at kornmerch.com from release day, October 27. All fan pre-orders via Pledge Music will be shipped on Wednesday, October 21. Additionally, the book will be available for purchase at the last seven tour dates (Dallas, TX on October 20 through Oakland, CA on October, 30) on their current fall tour. Full tour itinerary below.

The 20th anniversary shows, which started in 2014, were so well-received that the band–Jonathan Davis (vocals),  James “Munky” Shaffer (guitar), Brian “Head” Welch (guitar), Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu (bass) and Ray Luzier (drums)–wanted to bring this iteration of the live show into an intimate setting for the core fanbase. The band’s month-long tour around the U.S., during which they’re performing their self-titled debut album in its entirety, wraps up October 30 in Oakland, CA. At each show, fans get to experience KORN at an intimate venue, two decades later.

KORN’s self-titled debut album, released in May, 1994, has been heralded by Rolling Stone as “…the most important metal album of the last 20 years.” Produced by Ross Robinson, the critically acclaimed album features singles “Blind,” “Shoots and Ladders,” “Clown” and “Need To.” With little mainstream support, Davis’ dark and disturbing lyrics alongside the band’s new and unique hyper-aggressive soundtrack, KORN went on to sell over two million albums worldwide.

Dates remaining on KORN’s 20th anniversary fall tour

DATE
CITY
VENUE
Wed
10/14
Atlanta, GA
Tabernacle
Thu
10/15
Orlando, FL
Hard Rock Live
Fri
10/16
Miami, FL
Fillmore Miami Beach
Sun
10/18
New Orleans, LA
Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
Mon
10/19
Austin, TX
Stubbs
Tue
10/20
Dallas, TX
South Side Ballroom
Thu
10/22
Tempe, AZ
The Marquee
Fri
10/23
Las Vegas, NV
House of Blues
Sat
10/24
San Bernardino, CA
Knotfest*
Tue
10/27
Denver, CO
The Fillmore
Wed
10/28
Salt Lake City, UT
The Great Saltair
Fri
10/30
Oakland, CA
The Fox Theater

* notes festival appearance

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KORN To Close Out 20th Anniversary Celebration With Headlining Tour This October

KORN To Close Out 20th Anniversary Celebration With Headlining Tour This October

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Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum hard rock innovators KORN are topping off their 20th anniversary celebrations with something special for their fans. Today (July 21), the band has announced they will head out on the road for one last turn in 2015 to perform their debut album KORN in its entirety.  A limited amount of tickets and early entry packages will go up on KORN.com tomorrow, Wednesday, July 22 at 10 am local time.  Regular tickets go on sale this Friday, July 24 at 10 am in most markets.

The 20th anniversary shows, which started in 2014, were so well-received that the band-Jonathan Davis (vocals),  James “Munky” Shaffer (guitar), Brian “Head” Welch (guitar), Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu (bass) and Ray Luzier (drums)–wanted to bring this iteration of the live show into an intimate setting for the core fanbase.  Starting on October 1 at Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, the band will set out on a month-long tour around the U.S. to perform the album that started it all at iconic venues including The Fillmore in Detroit, Irving Plaza in New York City, The Tabernacle in Atlanta, Stubbs in Austin and the Fox Theatre in Oakland, CA.  At each show, fans will get to experience KORN two decades later and be able to request which songs from the band’s massive catalogue should make up the encore. Joining KORN on the tour are special guests Suicide Silence and Islander.

KORN’s self-titled debut album, which was released in May 1994, has been heralded by Rolling Stone as “the most important metal album of the last 20 years.”  Produced by Ross Robinson, the critically acclaimed album featured singles “Blind,” “Shoots and Ladders,” “Clown” and “Need To.”  With little mainstream support, Davis’ dark and disturbing lyrics alongside KORN’s new and unique hyper-aggressive soundtrack, KORN went on to sell over two million albums worldwide.

Wrote Christopher Weingarten of Rolling Stone (12/11/14), “While aging metalheads were trying to walk confidently through alternative nation, Korn lurched into the world like hip-hop zombies rocking Adidas tracksuits, baggy jeans and untamed dreadlocks. Their eclecticism was a pre-iTunes shuffle jumble: the whinnies and whines of Cypress Hill, the goth bravado of the Cure, the thwapping double-kicks of Primus, the 808 hit of a Rick Rubin brick-breaker, meth-fueled Boredoms-style scatting, and bass strings that sounded like a bask of crocodiles tangled in industrial-sized rubber bands. While Pantera’s Phil Anselmo grumbled chest-puffing lines like ‘I f***ed your girlfriend last night,’ Korn’s frail Jonathan Davis screamed, ‘I’m a faggot.’ Pearl Jam and Tool couched their torment in poetry and anonymity; but Korn put everything on the line, especially with ‘Daddy,’ a harrowing song about Davis being molested as a child that ends with nearly four minutes of the singer sobbing in the vocal booth.”

Look for KORN to return with a new album in 2016.

Check out KORN’s recent remix of Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” here.

Tour dates are listed below:

Oct. 1        Chicago                              Aragon Ballroom

Oct. 2        Milwaukee                          Eagles Ballroom

Oct. 3        Detroit                                The Fillmore

Oct. 5        New York                            Irving Plaza

Oct. 6        Montclair, N.J.                    The Wellmont Theater

Oct. 8        Boston                                House of Blues

Oct. 9        Silver Spring, Md.               The Fillmore

Oct. 10      Philadelphia                        Rock Allegiance

Oct. 12      Charlotte, N.C.                    The Fillmore

Oct. 14      Atlanta, Ga.                         Tabernacle

Oct. 15      Orlando, Fla.                       Hard Rock Live

Oct. 16      Miami                                  Fillmore Miami Beach

Oct. 18      New Orleans                       Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square

Oct. 19      Austin                                  Stubbs

Oct. 20      Dallas                                  South Side Ballroom

Oct. 22      Tempe, Ariz.                        The Marquee

Oct. 23      Las Vegas                           House of Blues

Oct. 24      San Bernardino, Calif.          Knotfest

Oct. 27      Denver                                 The Fillmore

Oct. 28      Salt Lake City                      The Great SaltAir

Oct. 30      Oakland, Calif.                     The Fox Theater

For more information about KORN, visit:

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Korn Joins Forces With Slipknot For “Prepare For Hell” Tour This Fall

Korn Joins Forces With Slipknot For “Prepare For Hell” Tour This Fall

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Are you ready… for one of the heaviest tours in rock history? Legendary rockers KORN will join fellow hard rock juggernaut Slipknot this fall on the Prepare For Hell tour, marking the first time that these two trailblazers have teamed up for a full run.

This Fall... Prepare For Hell!

This Fall… Prepare For Hell!

The arena tour, also featuring breakout act KING 810, commences October 29 at the El Paso County Coliseum in El Paso, TX. The tour pre-sale starts today (9/3) on the band’s Facebook. Tickets and VIP packages go on-sale this Friday (9/5) he http://korn.com/events.

Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum hard rock innovators KORN are firing on all cylinders after a successful turn co-headlining this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and the release of the critically acclaimed update on 2013’s THE PARADIGM SHIFT (Prospect Park)—THE PARADIGM SHIFT: WORLD TOUR EDITION (Prospect Park). This ultimate version of the record boasts the new single “Hater” which skyrocketed to the Top 10 at Active Rock Radio upon release.

Rolling Stone recently debuted the live video for “Hater,” while the song’s fan-assisted music video hit VEVO soon after. The poignant and powerful clip, which includes actual fan accounts of being bullied, accumulated almost 600,000 views. Watch the clip–capturing KORN at their most raw and real, embracing their audience like never before–now at: http://vevo.ly/935o9F.

Don’t miss what will be remembered as one of heavy music’s most unforgettable tours with KORNSlipknot, and KING 810 this fall.

Dates for the “Prepare For Hell” tour are below:

DATE CITY VENUE
Wed 10/29 EL Paso, TX El Paso County Coliseum
Fri 10/31 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sat 11/1 Corpus Christi, TX American Bank Center Arena
Sun 11/2 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Tue 11/4 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
Wed 11/5 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
Thu 11/6 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
Sat 11/8 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center Memorial Coliseum
Sun 11/9 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford Premiere Center
Tue 11/11 Denver, CO Denver Coliseum
Wed 11/19 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Arena
Fri 11/21 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Sat 11/22 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
Sun 11/23 Ft. Wayne, TX Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Tue 11/25 Moline, IL iWireless Center
Wed 11/26 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Fri 11/28 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
Sat 11/29 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
Sun 11/30 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Tue 12/2 Reading, PA Santander Arena
Wed 12/3 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Fri 12/5 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
Sat 12/6 East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center
Sun 12/7 Boston, MA Paul E. Tsongas Arena

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