KORN NEWS THERES ALOT TO SAY ABOUT WHATS GOING ON IN THE WORLD OF KORN. HERE ARE A FEW TID-BITS OF INFO THAT HAVE TO DO WITH KORN RELEASES, INTERNET EVENTS, ETC. THESE ARE ALSO FROM THE OFFICIAL KORN HOMEPAGE, AND THE KORN NEWSLETTER(wich you can sign for on the official korn homepage) •AFTER THEIR FIRST TWO ALBUMS, THE SELF-TITLED "KORN", AND THEIR SECOND ALBUM "LIFE IS PEACHY" THEY ARE HARD AT WORK ON THEIR THIRD ALBUM, titled "Follow The Leader". •EVERY THURSDAY AT 4:30PM PST, KORN DOES A LIVE, ONLINE BROADCAST. THEY'RE CALLED THE KORN "AFTER SCHOOL SPECIALS." THESE ARE AUDIO AND VIDEO BROADCASTS THAT INCLUDE INTERVIEWS, AND LIVE PERFORMANCES. YOU CAN GET MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO VIEW THESE SHOWS AT... http://www.korn.com (see my links) •IF YOU HAVEN'T HEARD ABOUT THE KORN T-SHIRT LAWSUIT, LISTEN UP! HERES A QUICK RUN-THROUGH. THERE IS A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT IN ZEELAND MICHIGAN WHO WAS SUSPENDED FROM SCHOOL FOR WEARING A KORN T-SHIRT. THERE WAS NO VULGARITY OR ANYTHING ON THE SHIRT, JUST THE KORN LOGO. NOW THE SCHOOL SYSTEM IS BEING SUED. YOU CAN SEE THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE ON THIS PAGE. •KORN HAS A SONG OUT ON THE "I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER" SOUNDTRACK. THE SONG IS CALLED "PROUD" ITS A GREAT SONG, AND THE MOVIE IS DEFINATLY WORTH SEEING TOO, IF YOU HAVEN'T ALL-READY. •THE BAND ALSO HAS A SONG RELEASED ON THE SOUNDTRACK FOR THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE "SPAWN" THE SONG IS CALLED "KICK THE P.A." ONE OF THE BEST SONGS I'VE EVER HEARD. THE MOVIE IS ALSO ONE OF MY FAVORITES. •THE HOME VIDEO, "WHO THEN NOW?" IS IN-STORES NOW! IT TAKES AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE BOYS AND THE RECORDING OF THEIR SECOND ALBUM "LIFE IS PEACHY" THIS IS AN EXCELLENT VIDEO. DEFINATLY WORTH BUYING. •KORNS' SECOND ALBUM, "LIFE IS PEACHY" IS AN ENHANCED CD. WICH MEANS IT WILL PLAY ON YOUR CD-ROM. I KNOW IT PLAYS A VIDEO OF "GOOD GOD" AT A CONCERT, AND I BELIEVE IT HAS AN ORDER FORM FOR VARIOUS KORN PRODUCTS. =========================================================================================== THE REAL KORN BIOGRAPHY THERE IS ALOT OF INFO ABOUT KORN OUT THERE ON THE WEB, AND ALOT OF IT IS UNTRUE. BUT I GARANTEE, THAT THIS BIOGRAPHY IS THE REAL THING. I KNOW THIS BECAUSE I GOT IT STRAIGHT FROM THE OFFICIAL KORN HOMEPAGE. SO, IF YOU DISAGREE WITH ANY OF IT, DON’T COME COMPLAINING TO ME. THE MEMBERS OF KORN ARE: Jonathan Davis - vocals/bagpipes Brian "Head" Welch - guitar James "Munky" Shaffer - guitar Fieldy - bass David - drums This much is clear from their latest Immortal/Epic album, Life is Peachy: Success has neither softened nor satisfied the ferocious Southern California fivesome known as Korn. If anything, Korn vents even more furious aggression and emotional conviction in such uncompromising new songs as "No Place To Hide," "Lost," "Good God," and the nearly nine-minute "Kill You" than they unleashed on the self-titled debut Korn. That gold-certified album was released in October, 1994: Two years, 300-plus live gigs, and more than 700,000 US sales later, it's still hanging on the Billboard/SoundScan Top 200 chart. Korn have earned their success the old-fashioned way through tireless touring, street-level self-promotion, and constant, direct contact with their growing legion of fans. There's no video posturing or fake hype here. And Korn are cyberspace pioneers: In July '96 they became the first band on the Internet and to conduct an interactive radio broadcast during which fans got a sneak preview of Life Is Peachy; saw and heard the band play several of their new songs live, and phoned in questions via an 800 number. Korn is now planning a monthly series of such broadcasts as they continue construction of their unique and comprehensive website. "The coolest thing about this band is we've stayed underground and our fans are still so true," notes singer Jonathan Davis. "They're so militant and crazy about us." As the often-disturbing lyrics and growly, primal playing on Life is Peachy's 14 songs prove, the demons were not fully exorcised on Korn nor even on the band's 18 months of hard-core touring. "The last album was going into high school," Jonathan explains. "This one is high school and after, I guess." The album title was taken from a kids' popular notebook doodling on the omnipresent yellow' Pee-Chee folders: "Life is Peachy but sex is an all-season sport." Also drawn from school days is the song "A.D.I.D.A.S."--an acronym for "All Day I Dream About Sex." To capture Korn's primal power, the band again worked with producer Ross Robinson, and lived and recorded at the rural, inspiring Indigo Ranch Studios in Malibu. "Ross is like the big cheerleader of the band," says Jonathan. "It's all inside of us, but Ross pumps shit up. We both came up together in the music biz, so it's been a cool growing experience. Now he's The Shit as a producer...and we're doing good." The seeds of Korn were planted in the agricultural community of Bakersfield, California. Fieldy and David, Korn's impressive rhythm section, were high school friends who'd jammed together since their teens. Guitarists Brian Welch and James Shaffer share six (and seven) string duties, note-bending and playing off each other to define the classic Korn guitar sound. Prior to to the founding of Korn, Shaffer, Fieldy and David (with another singer) released an album together, then disbanded and reformed as Creep, with Welch joining in on some Creep shows. Welch and Shaffer were living in L.A. when, on a visit to Bakersfield, they caught Jonathan singing for a local band called Sexart. Fate took over, and within days Jonathan had joined the new band. An artistic outcast in Bakersfield, where his parents owned a music store, Jonathan grew up playing classical music, listening to the '80s rock of Duran Duran and Missing Persons, and playing the bagpipes--a decidedly non-rock instrument he deploys to devastating effect in Korn. Jonathan also had a successful pre-Korn career as an autopsy assistant at the Kern County coroner's office. His stint there helped shape the singer's unique views on life, reincarnation and the dark side of human nature--subjects later addressed in Korn's lyrics after the band solidified in its adopted hometown of Huntington Beach, California in 1993. As the title Life is Peachy indicates, Korn are able to see the humor and irony inherent in everyday existence. In fact, drummer David laments, "just because of our music and lyrics, people used to think everyone in the band was depressed or down as people. But no one really is--it's our art. People get the idea that we're on the verge of suicide at 25. So when they meet us, it's like, 'wow, you seem happy.'" Which brings us to the Peachy life Korn leads today. After nearly two years of touring with everyone from 311 to Marilyn Manson to KMFDM to Ozzy Osbourne, Korn were so amped to begin work on their sophomore album that they were in rehearsals within a week after getting off the road. The goal? "We let the music flow," says David. "We only had small bits and pieces written from the road, so when we went in the studio we didn't have a plan. We set up our gear, looked at each other and went: 'Okay.'" And it was. Though the band is "down with the classic Korn sound," Davis notes that Life is Peachy is a maturation on nearly every front. "I'm singing more on this album and the songs are put together better, less basic than the last one. I'm singing my ass off on this album--singing more, instead of screaming so much." The first new song written was "No Place To Hide," followed by "A.D.I.D.A.S.," and from those not very humble beginnings, the songs gushed out. As Korn 's singer and lyricist, Jonathan draws on a deep well of angst. On Korn, the closing track "Daddy" was so personal--and so painful--that Korn performed it live only once. The equally wrenching "Kill You," directed at the singer's former step-mom, now closes Life is Peachy. While today Jonathan is a dad himself and understands far more about what parents go through with their kids, his own childhood was deeply troubled nonetheless. Another track, the raging "K@#(%!", should prove no less controversial. Yet Jonathan insists the song is in no way anti-female: If anything, this invective-filled tune is a dis to commercial radio. "That's just my cuss-word song, me talking some shit," says the singer. "I wanted to release that as our first single, just to fuck with radio stations, because they've re-edited our songs for airplay before. It's a killer song--I love it." There's some slightly lighter fare on Life is Peachy. If you ever wanted to hear the opening of War's "Low Rider" played on bagpipes, Life is Peachy is the place to find it, with Welch on vocals. The album's first single, "No Place To Hide," addresses Jonathan's momentary anxiety about Korn's success. Low-key and surprisingly soft-spoken off stage, the singer felt hounded by responsibility (hence the tune's title) until he realized Korn was the culmination of his dreams--and the band's success a raised middle finger to the youthful detractors who inspired such songs as the first album's "Faget." Now tighter than ever as friends and musicians, Korn once again is ready to conquer the world: gig by gig, city by city. "It's been so fucking fun hanging out, and all of us writing this album," Davis says. "Now it's back on the road. I love that, but this chapter, this record, was a blast." So far, Life is extremely Peachy for the members of KORN. ======================================================================================================== KORN SERVE CEASE-AND-DESIST DEMAND TO THE ZEELAND, MICHIGAN SCHOOL DISTRICT, ZEELAND HIGH SCHOOL AND ITS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL WHO SUSPENDED A HIGH-SCHOOL STUDENT FOR WEARING A T-SHIRT CARRYING ONLY THE BAND'S NAME; KORN LOOK TO FILE MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR LAWSUIT. "Lack of radio, major press and MTV airplay couldnt stop KORN, so what makes some small-town assistant principal think that she can?" says FIELDY, KORN's bass player. What's offensive anyway? The Supreme Court can't even figure it out. KORN's got things to say and over three million kids want to hear it. "If you don't like it, don't buy it", says guitarist BRIAN HEAD WELCH. "Where does an assistant principal get the right to preach her own morals and actually suspend a student?" says drummer DAVID. Meanwhile, attorney's for KORN have served the Zeeland, Michigan public school district, the Zeeland High School and its assistant principal with a cease- and-desist demand for making defamatory comments about the band and infringing on their civil liberties. At the same time, the attorneys are investigating facts surrounding this week's incident--whereby a student was suspended for wearing a T-shirt that simply carried the band's name on it after being warned two weeks earlier not to wear it again--and are considering to file, on KORN's behalf, a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the school district, the school and its assistant principal. The band and their management especially take offense at assistant principal Gretchen Plewes comments to the Holland Sentinel newspaper where she said that KORN's body of work intends to be insulting. She also described their music as indecent, vulgar, obscene. Should KORN triumph in an eventual lawsuit, they'll give the proceeds (after legal expenses are covered) to the ACLU and various charities for the prevention of child abuse. Through their music, which has been praised by the press as socially conscious, cathartic and honest, KORN--JONATHAN DAVIS (vocals), FIELDY (bass), JAMES MUNKY SHAFFER (guitars), BRIAN HEAD WELCH (guitars) and DAVID (drums)--have specifically addressed the issue of child abuse and railed against its horrors. As a result, they've received thousands of letters from fans who have saluted the band for personalizing the issue of child abuse and giving them some sense of hope by letting them know that they're not alone. Several members of KORN have experienced the catastrophic effects of child abuse either through personal experiences or through the experiences of close family members and/or friends. As noted in the Los Angeles Times, Daddy (from KORN's 1994 self-titled platinum debut) is an unsparing primal scream of a song in which (Jonathan) Davis makes uncomfortably palpable the rage and grief of a young incest victim confronting his parents. In 1996 alone, according to a 50-state survey conducted by the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse (NCPCA), over 3,126,000 children were reported to Child Protective Services (CPS) agencies as alleged victims of child maltreatment. Child abuse reports have maintained an epidemic, catastrophic growth for the past 10 years, with the total number of reports nationwide increasing 45% since 1987. Rather than allowing their rage to result in socially unacceptable or unlawful behavior, KORN have turned their negative experiences into a positive release, exorcising their rage through their songs and live performances. Their fan club has over 100,000 members, thousands of which have expressed to the band how their lives have changed for the better because of the band's music. While many may choose to sweep such an ugly subject as child abuse under the carpet, KORN are actually helping to save people's lives by giving them hope. Says lead singer JONATHAN DAVIS, "Our band sends out positive messages to our fans--we stand for something. We' ve inherited a world with horrible things like child abuse, and we want to let people know that they're not alone in dealing with stuff that's been passed on to them. After hearing about something as ridiculous as this, we wanted to stand up for the student's rights and let the school district know that were pissed off at their treatment of the student and their attempt to discredit KORN as artists and human beings." Adds Jeff Kwatinetz, manager of KORN, "We find it especially disturbing that an educator who's supposed to be setting an example of what this country stands for--things like free speech--is attacking a student and a band that represents hope for millions of kids. Unlike some other bands who seek controversy for its own sake, KORN reach out to millions of kids who look up to them and connect with the band on a personal level." KORN's so-called vulgar, insulting activities don't just end with their feelings about child abuse. They've performed at nearly 50 charitable concerts, requiring hundreds of hours of their time, for causes that encompass rape-prevention, the plight of the homeless, and the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDs. In addition, KORN have been closely involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Most recently, the foundation flew a terminally ill 16-year-old boy named Justin to California to meet the band. He ended up spending two days with the band, which moved KORN to title a song on their upcoming album Justin. They have continued to keep in contact with Justin ever since. How insulting! KORN have one of the most intimate relationships with their fans of any band in the music world. They're known for communicating positively one-on-one with fans in various KORN-related chat rooms on the Internet and America Online into the wee hours of the night. They're also very highly regarded by the fans who stay around late into the evening to meet the band after their concerts--that's when the band take time to sign autographs or have their photos taken with fans until every last request is obliged. As part of their outreach to fans, KORN last week launched their first of their weekly KORN's After-School Specials, airing live on Thursdays at 4:30-5:30 PM Pacific Time at on the Internet. Part variety show, part new music showcase, part talk-show satire, KORN's After-School Special (a take-off on the 70's ABC After-School Special programs) is emanating from a Los Angeles recording studio as they work on the follow-up to 1996's platinum and critically acclaimed LIFE IS PEACHY album. Meanwhile, friends of the suspended student, Eric VanHoven, have circulated a petition protesting the suspension which has already been signed by over 400 people, including some parents. VanHoven has also been offered free legal advice from a local Michigan attorney, and is currently seeking out a lawsuit against the school on his own. KORN has been informed that a student walk-out is scheduled to take place Friday, March 13 at the school.
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