KORN

THE PEARL AT THE PALMS, LAS VE­GAS

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums. Lives. Merch. -

Nu metal icons ramp up the fun fac­tor to com­mem­o­rate a clas­sic al­bum

LAS VE­GAS HAS

been blessed with some pretty spe­cial Korn shows over the last few years, from in­ti­mate venues like the House Of Blues to the 20,000-max-ca­pactity T-Mo­bile Arena, but it doesn’t get more spe­cial than a venue boast­ing that no seat is more than 120 feet from the stage. Not that any­one is sit­ting in them, of course, the packed house of 2,500 be­ing ready to rock from the off, but, still, this is a great place to see one of just three shows cel­e­brat­ing the 20th an­niver­sary of the ground­break­ing Fol­low The Leader al­bum.

As such, the first part of the set is taken up with just that, kick­ing off with the aptly named It’s On!, Freak On A Leash, Got The Life, and the thun­der­ous Dead Bod­ies, each sound­ing as fresh as the day they were re­leased. Cu­ri­ous minds will have al­ready seen the setlist from the LA show two days ear­lier, so it’s no sur­prise that the band skip Chil­dren Of The Korn (fea­tur­ing Ice Cube) and All In The Fam­ily (fea­tur­ing Fred Durst), al­though strange that they also omit Pretty from these shows. Per­haps af­ter 20 years that har­row­ing tale is still too raw. This is, af­ter all, a night of cel­e­bra­tion.

In­deed, the band seem to be gen­uinely hav­ing fun tonight. Af­ter a very short set change they launch into Blind, front­man Jonathan Davis all smiles as the crowd blow the roof off this place. Not that there aren’t se­ri­ous mo­ments – hey, this is Korn – a stun­ning ren­di­tion of 4U from ‘99s Is­sues al­bum clearly aimed at Jonathan’s re­cently de­ceased wife, and for a mo­ment he seems all alone up there. But be­fore that is the truly up­lift­ing sin­ga­long Y’all Want A Sin­gle, which in its own way is just as mov­ing. Just try not to grin at two and a half thou­sand peo­ple yelling “Fuck that!”

In keep­ing with the an­niver­sary thing, Korn close the set with My Gift To You, the last song on Fol­low The Leader. It makes sense in that con­text, but, in all hon­esty, doesn’t re­ally work as a fi­nale, be­ing rather too long and too slow, al­though again mov­ing since it’s aimed at Davis’s wife. It would also have been cool if they touched on later al­bums just a lit­tle. Sure, tonight is a look at the past, but Korn are still lead­ing where oth­ers fol­low. Hell, some bands still haven’t caught up yet!

Jonathan Davis proves Korn still lead the nu metal pack Head has long re­claimed his place in the Kornline-up

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