Lookin’ Back at the Korn Concert

On March 26 and 27 the band Korn came to town at the Deni’na Center as a start to their new tour. Before the March 27 concert, some friends and I had struck up a conversation with some random guy who had been at the concert the previous night. He had said he hadn’t listened to Korn heavily since he was about 15 years old, but they ended up playing very well. He said the lead singer, Jonathon Davis, broke out the bagpipes and only played one of their new songs. After we heard all of that information, we were pretty excited because 1) bagpipes are awesome and 2) their older music from the ’90s is much better than their music from the ’00s. Going into the concert, we were like the man we had started a conversation with. None of us had really listened to Korn’s music in a while. I came out of the concert completely reminded of why I liked louder music. Korn’s music isn’t as heavy as it comes. But their music is heavier than a lot of music and the concert reminded me of how amazing really heavy music is. For a while, it was just soft music on my iPod, but after the concert I added a lot of the music that I had once loved, metal, because once I got out of the concert, I completely fell in love with loud, heavy music once again. Security had warned everyone to take their cameras to their cars before they got to the entrance. Some people still managed to sneak them in, but they were kicked out if they were asked twice to put them away. Once the first opening band, Witness the End, came on stage the crowd began screaming and mosh pits in the center soon began. People did a lot of tripping and jumping, as well. Witness the End did a really good job addressing the crowd. That is one thing the second band, Kallahan, didn’t do that I am sure people would have liked. Both opening bands were great, but once Korn came onstage after about two hours, I’d say everyone was ready to see what they had probably bought the ticket for, Korn. They came on stage singing “4 U” and after a song or two, they had indeed started playing “Shoots and Ladders” and Davis brought out the bagpipes. Later in the show, Davis started what some may consider beatboxing. It was awesome. Once a sweet guitar riff came on that everyone recognized, people would just chant the lyrics to the song and jump everywhere. After about what seemed like half an hour, Korn got off the stage. I looked at the clock and it had been much longer. People of course started screaming “Encore!” and they had came back on the stage and played a few more songs. They threw a few drum sticks into the crowd, a few other things, and they left. One thing I wish Korn would have done more is address the crowd. Yeah, Jonathon Davis did maybe once or twice with little things, but something more would have been nice. Also, I wish they would have played longer. It seems as if they played as long as the two opening bands put together, which was about – not including set up time– an hour and a half. That brings me to my next point. The set-up time for Korn was 45 minutes. That means, we just stood around. The other two bands didn’t take that long to set-up, but it took a bit, and the time added up. So there was a lot of waiting. Thankfully, at least they played music and there were a lot of people to talk to. Otherwise, I would have really been complaining. For the next few days, I had Korn songs stuck in my head. One friend, instead of guitar parts, had a repetitive ringing in his ear. Who knows, maybe he still does. Overall, they did play very well. I was so happy to not hear one of their newest songs, “Evolution” but to hear more of their older stuff, like, “Freak on a Leash,” “Somebody Someone” and several others.