20th Anniversary Tour Review
Live at the Tabernacle in Atlanta
By: Gary Flinn
With sold-out concerts across the world, more than 35 million albums sold, eight Platinum or multi-Platinum albums, two Grammy’s (nominated seven times), two MTV Video Music Awards, and being at the forefront of the Nu-Metal genre for over two decades, Korn is in the midst of a tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of their self titled debut album.
Over the course of the last twenty years, I have had the opportunity to see Korn live 4 times as a fan. On October the 14th, I got my first chance to shoot them live at the Tabernacle in Atlanta. For those who don’t know, the Tabernacle was, as the name suggests, originally a church that was built in the early 1900’s, which has been repurposed as an amazing concert venue in the heart of downtown Atlanta. What better setting for the Korn faithful to “worship” the 20th anniversary of Korn’s debut album with the band. As you can imagine, the Tabernacle was packed wall to wall, on all three levels.
As the first notes of “Blind” rang out, each member appeared on stage, one at a time, until front-man Jonathan Davis appeared and was accompanied by about 2600 back up vocalists as he kicked things into full swing with the opening verse “Are you Ready?” From there the energy went up and stayed up for the better part of two hours. At times, the crowd was so alive it felt like the floor of the Tabernacle was in danger again (it cracked and nearly collapsed, appropriately enough during a Panic at the Disco show in 2014). As the band reached “Shoots and Ladders”, the stage cleared and the unmistakable sounds of Davis and his bagpipes filled the room. Davis led the crowd into a foot stomping roar as he played his bagpipe “solo”. The other members reappeared on stage and the heavy metal nursery rhyme began. Rolling on through the rest of the album, the band finished with the powerfully emotional track “Daddy”, which is about Davis being molested as a child and his parents not believing him. Prior to this tour, “Daddy” had only been played live twice.
After covering the debut album, the band treated us with a five song encore that included favorites like: Freak on a Leash, Falling Away from Me, and Coming Undone. While the concept of playing an album in its entirety is certainly not novel or new, Korn, one of the most influential bands of the last 20 years, is one of the few bands that I don’t mind hearing revisit an entire release like this. With dates running through the end of October, I suggest you catch this show if it comes to a venue anywhere near you.
Korn will be on the current tour with Suicide Silence and Islander through the end of October.
Remaining Tour Dates:
10/16 — Miami, Fla. — Fillmore Miami Beach
10/18 — New Orleans, La. — Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
10/19 — Austin, Texas — Stubbs
10/20 — Dallas, Texas — South Side Ballroom
10/22 — Tempe, Ariz. — The Marquee
10/23 — Las Vegas, Nev.– House of Blues
10/24 — San Bernardino, Calif. — Knotfest
10/27 — Denver, Colo. — The Fillmore
10/28 — Salt Lake City, Utah — The Great SaltAir
10/30 — Oakland, Calif. — The Fox Theater
Atlanta Set list:
Shoots and Ladders
Helmet in the Bush
Falling Away from Me
Here to Stay
Spike in my Veins
Freak on a Leash
Korn live at Tabernacle in Atlanta
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