While the venue may only be one week old, nü metal veterans Korn helped continue to break in the new House of Blues Anaheim on Monday March 6th. Playing the second night of their two night sold out run at the gorgeous new venue, this evening saw the band in tight control providing a night of ear ringing hits with an audible onslaught that generated some serious mosh pit action.
With almost 25 years together (stemming from their original roots in Bakersfield) the band has a well-stocked arsenal of hits to draw from. Not surprisingly all their tunes have aged well with many dating back to record releases from the mid-to-late ‘90s and eliciting some serious sing-alongs from the capacity crowd throughout the evening.
Sporting his customary kilt, lead singer Jonathan Davis showed his standard high level of aggression from the first note of the evening on the opening track “Right Now”. From the very start guitarists James “Munky” Shaffer and Brian “Head” Welch along with their highly animated bassist “Fieldy” Arvizu brought their patented wall of sound to life behind Davis. The pain-induced mega hit from 2002, “Here To Stay” followed immediately after and helped produce many crowd surfers that eventually found themselves directly in front of the stage, landing in the photo pit. “Rotting In Vain”, the lead single off last year’s Serenity of Suffering saw each band member spend some quality time up front as Davis roamed the stage behind them.
Mid-set highlights included electric renditions of “Make Me Bad” and “Shoots and Ladders”, which skillfully included a snippet of Metallica’s classic “One”. A thunderous rendition of “Falling Away From Me” kicked off the brief two song encore with quite possibly their biggest hit “Freak On A Leash” bringing a final curtain down on the evening immediately after.
Unlike the previous evening, this night saw no surprise guests. Sunday evening’s performance saw a visit by Slipknot & Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor during “A Different World”, a song he lent vocals to on the studio version. Monday night saw not only no Corey Taylor but the song was also completely removed from the set list.
Clocking in at 75 minutes, the 14 song seemed a bit rushed—while they snuck in all their big hits there were many noticeably absent tunes that would have nicely filled up additional time…but either way the capacity crowd ended up excited, sweaty and pumped from a solid show.
In what could potentially be the biggest metal tour of the summer, the band announced an arena/amphitheater tour with Stone Sour as well on Sunday night. With dates scheduled across North America from June through early August this is sure to be a traveling circus with BABYMETAL, Skillet, Yelawolf, Ded & Islander all joining in on the fun as opening support. Local SoCal dates include Chula Vista (June 20th) and the Forum in Inglewood (June 21st).
Right Now | Here To Stay | Rotting In Vain | Somebody Someone | Coming Undone | Insane | Y’All Want A Single | Make Me Bad | Shoots and Ladders | Blind | Twist | Divine Encore: Falling Away From Me | Freak On A Leash