At Verizon Amphitheater in Alpharetta, Georgia
By: Gary Flinn
Sometimes it is hard to imagine the impact a band can have on a generation, sometimes it’s even harder to think a band can reach across several generations and still fill venues around the world after nearly a quarter of a century. With Korn, it really isn’t hard to see all of that and more. In an age where a lot of music sounds the same, Korn blazes their own path and sets the standard for others to follow. Having been part of half a dozen Korn shows and having seen them on arena, amphitheater, and festival stages over the last 20 years, I knew what was coming last Thursday night. Little did I know it would be the best I have ever seen them play live. I won’t beat around the bush here. Korn absolutely blew me away with their set this tour. Everything was spot on. From the lighting, to the sound, to each member of the band’s performance, I was very impressed by the spectacle they brought this time around on the Nocturnal Underground Tour.
As show time came, the band teased the crowd with an intro jam while being silhouetted behind a thin curtain. 40 foot tall shadows posed on the thin sheet of material separating Korn from the hungry masses before them. Suddenly, Jonathan Davis entered the stage in front of the curtain and as the curtain fell, the familiar tones of “Right Now” came along. The crowd responded with an energy that you could see and feel throughout most of the rest of the night. From new material to “old” classics reaching all the way back to the mid-nineties, Korn delivered something from most every step of their path from 1993 to 2016. This fact was not lost on their fans, who were singing along and moving from start to finish.
As I mentioned earlier, this tour, Korn brought the lights, tons of them; at times, blindingly so. From time to time, the entire stage seemed to disappear into a fireball of lights. It all fell into perfect synchronization with the music which just made a great set that much better. Couple this with great sound throughout the night and honestly, I can’t remember a better looking or sounding show. Kudos to the production team on this tour, you made this a very memorable show.
Musically, Korn pretty much pulled out all the stops. Kicking the night off with “Right Now” was a great start. Following it with “Here to Stay” was even better. It seemed as though there was a statement being made on this tour. Message received. The rest of the set was a sonic roller coaster ride through over twenty years of music from this year’s “Rotting in Vain” to hits like “Coming Undone”, “Y’all Want a Single”, “Shoots and Ladders” (which included a portion of Korn’s cover of Metallica’s “One”), and “Blind”, to songs from Korn’s early years like “Twist” and one of my personal favorites, “Good God”. The encore finished the ride with “Falling Away From Me” and “Freak On a Leash”.
The Nocturnal Underground Tour is packed with talent with the likes of Silver Snakes, Motionless in White, and Breaking Benjamin leading the way to Korn. You owe it to yourself to catch this tour if it comes to a venue near you.
Verizion Wireless Amphitheater Setlist:
- Right Now
- Here to Stay
- Rotting in Vain
- Somebody Someone
- Coming Undone
- Y’all Want a Single
- Make Me Bad
- Shoots and Ladders
- Good God
- Falling Away From Me
- Freak On a Leash
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