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Munky Shaffer in action. Image by Jeff Moses.
A Head Banging Bonanza At The Arizona State Fair Turns Into A Commercial For New Material Before J-Devil Uses Pink Floyd To Make A Poor Analogy


By Jeff Moses
Modern Times Magazine

Nov. 1, 2012— If Nu Metal originators Korn are nothing more than a state fair attraction in the year 2012, no one told them, or their hoard of 10,000 fans that attended their Oct. 27 date at the Memorial Coliseum.

Easily the biggest crowd that this years crop of headliners has produced, also got the longest set that the fair has produced with Korn playing over an hour and a half worth of music old and new.

They opened with “Divine,” followed by “Predictable” off their 1994 debut album Korn, and then went into “No Place To Hide,” and “Good God,” off their platinum selling sophomore album Life is Peachy.

Then came the boring part. Korn, like many rock bands that remain relevant because of extraordinary earlier work, insisted upon playing their ultimately inferior new music.

They went from rocking the album that made them famous, to droning through the dub step infused 2011 release The Path to Totality.

The six songs following “Good God,” could have all been the same for all intents and purposes. They all came with a similar more electronic sound, having replaced all the guitars with synthesizers.

They even had touring keyboardist Zac Baird stand in for Skrillex on the song “Get Up,” one would have hoped Arizona missed the “Korn DJ set” when singer Jonathon Davis missed his Sept. 30 Desert Uprising date due to fatigue.

But alas, the Grand Canyon state was not so lucky.

Once they got through that six song patch of similar sounding, electro-metal songs, it was right back to old school head banging metal that Korn has been playing for a decade.

Grammy award winner “Here To Stay,” off of the 2002 album, Untouchables was the first track that got the seemingly uninterested crowd right back into the groove, and then megahits “Freak On A Leash,” and “Falling Away From Me,” got the crowd so riled up that a mosh-pit started in the folding chair area directly in front of the stage.

After the two monster singles off the 1998 album, Follow The Leader, and 1999 album Issues, Korn took the catalogue back even farther to 1979 playing their rendition of all three of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall.”

Following the Floyd songs, Korn left the stage for a bit, before their staged encore performance, which Davis definitely started in style.

He reappeared on stage blowing on his signature bagpipes before the rest of the band exploded back onto the stage for a rendition of “Shoots and Ladders,” which they ended by going into a cover of Metallica classic “One.”

Then came the faux pas of the night, right after the unreal rendition of “Shoots And Ladders” and “One.”

Jonathon Davis went into a speech about how he has been visiting wounded soldiers in other parts of the world, even claiming to have met a man, “who got his dick blown off,” while serving his country. He also said that the band played “Another Brick In the Wall,” “in a red square,” (because the light turned the stage red for the song) in honor of the troops and our government.

His basic premise was that our government, grants us the freedom to go and listen to rock and roll concerts, or something to that affect anyway.

Perhaps no one else has told DJ J-Devil that Pink Floyd tunes, and “Another Brick In The Wall” in particular are not the best music to play as an endorsement of any government or military.

But hey, I will.

Playing Pink Floyd to endorse the American government is like playing “Southern Man,” by Neil Young to endorse Lynyrd Skynyrd.

We are talking about polar opposites here, Korn.

But in the end, the early hits will always be head banging paradise. And Korn’s current political turn might prove that head banging impairs mental acuity.

Bang on, Korn.

Jeff Moses is a freelance writer and photographer from Teaneck, N.J. and is currently living in Mesa, Ariz. He has been published in The Mesa Legend, and The Highway Herald. Contact him by calling 727-385-0624.
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