Columbus, OH, Germain Amphitheater, September 13, 2006

 

Written and photos by: Jason Perlman

 

After several hours of hard rock and heavy metal, fans attending The Family Values tour waited with anticipation as the headlining act prepared to take the stage. And as soon as the signature microphone stand was brought out, which is a mix of Pamela Anderson and Alien, the crowd sensed Korn was going to take the stage in mere minutes.

 

Drummer David Silveria took the stage sans shirt and with a physique that would put many body builders to shame. With the girls ogling his body and the guys ogling his drumming skills, Silveria broke into tune as James "Munky" Shaffer and Fieldy broke out the riffs and signature drop-tuned bass chords to get the crowd into an expectancy much like that of a waiting parent.

 

Without much glamour, singer Jonathan Davis strode on stage in his characteristic kilt and braids. One the intro was over, it was time for the band to break out heavy, and Right Now was the song Korn has chosen to open with nearly every night. Right Now gives everyone in Korn a chance to engage in hard-hitting, neck-wrenching collaboration and gets the band involved in the show early.

After the very short Twist, Korn broke out all stops with Love Song and showed how the band would make up for the loss of guitarist Brian "Head" Welch. With a backing guitarist as well as a bevy of masked creatures stammering along the back of the stage, Davis and company proved to make the correct move by not replacing Head, but rather keep the unit as a core of four and find a touring musician to fill in the rhythms.

 

Supporting its latest effort, See You On The Other Side, Korn has seemed to find their energy and creativity again, making this record easily the most innovative since their debut record that left so many critics speechless. Davis has lost weight, gained momentum and looked like the Davis of years past as his energy was high and his vocals were tight. Mix his surprising original octaves with the bands relentless dark sounds, and Korn has the perfect mixture of horror and love.

 

Although the set was somewhat short for what Korn could perform (about 80 minutes), Korn filled every minute with music. Unlike many bands who rely on talk and song transition to keep the show flowing, Davis and the band provided a set list that provided the pace, and just allowed themselves and the audience to ride that pace like the front car of a roller coaster.

 

As Family Values gets set to wrap up, the future of touring looks open to Korn. Already putting aside the usual festival-type shows, Korn can gear up for a large headlining tour or can once again bring along so many younger bands and provide more music for the money, as it did with Family Values. For the hardcore Korn fan, there is little doubt that they would want the band to put together a tour where the band plays for nearly two hours and fills not just the ears with venom-laden candy, but also visually stimulates them as heavily as the band's videos do.

 

A few years ago, Korn toured with a similar style show and it seemed as if the band was tired, bored or both. But in Columbus, Korn seemed to have that youthful energy and exuberance that too many bands lose and never regain. Korn again proved why they led a movement of music in this decade. It once again showed why so many bands want to play, sound and perform as well as it does. This is the Korn fans have been waiting to see; a Korn that got past the hurdle of writing and performing in a rut. Korn in 2006 is a band that has found its passion again, and from the record to the tour, the band is proving it night in and night out. Korn is back. And better than ever.

Korn
James "Munkee" Shaffer
Jonathan Davis
Jonathan Davis
Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu
Jonathan Davis