Korn & Alice In Chains Show They’re Here To Stay In New Jersey
Korn and Alice In Chains Summer Tour 2019
Korn who has influenced an entire generation and pushed the envelope for nearly 25 years has returned heavier than ever. The band is out on the road as they prepare to release their 13th studio album The Nothing which is releasing on September 13th. The album is led by the first two singles “You’ll Never Find Me” and the just-released “Cold”.
The Nothing, according to vocalist Jonathan Davis is the band’s darkest album yet, detailing the emotions surrounding the tragedy Davis has experienced over the past year. The album is available to pre-order HERE.
Alice In Chains is out on the road in support of their 2018 release and sixth studio album Rainier Fog, which saw a triumphant return led by the group’s founder Jerry Cantrell and Vocalist William Duvall.
Joining Korn and Alice In Chains were Tampa based metalcore outfit Underoath.
Underoath are not newcomers, the group has played some of the biggest stages in the world through their career. Led by vocalist Spencer Chamberlin, the band is on tour in support of their latest offering and what really is their reviving record Erase Me.
The Tampa metalliers took to the stage to kick things off, Underoath came out full blast with their high energy stage presence and ability to captivate a crowd. The band soared through a nine-song set mostly playing new material but also winning over the crowd in the process.
Next up was Alice in Chains. Roars ignited from the crowd as Jerry Cantrell and William Duvall took to the stage. The band’s production was a step up from past years with a few familiar elements like the massive bulb wall of lights behind them.
Duvall continues to impress on this tour, as his and Cantrell’s chemistry is easily visible throughout the performance. Duvall goes back and forth between guitar and vocals as does Cantrell. Alice In Chains sounds renewed and exciting again.
The group delivers an array of material from the sets opening song “Angry Chair”, to more radio hit songs like “Man in a Box”, “Them Bones” and “Would?”.
The 75-minute set was a reminder just how good Alice In Chains was and still is. William Duvall’s voice is powerful, at times even eerily reminiscent of the late Layne Staley. The band capped off the set with the fan favorite and classic track “Rooster”.
Closing out the night was Bakersfield, California’s Korn!!!
Korn’s set began, with a massive curtain covering the stage. When the curtain dropped Jonathan Davis, Head, Munky, Fieldy and drummer Ray Luzier brought the thunderous “Here to Stay” as the sets opening song.
Korn many times in their 25 -year career has been knocked down, counted out and seemingly plagued at times but the band has always endured, adjusted and prevailed in the end.
This time is no different, as Korn performed “Blind” it was a clear reminder that they’re not going anywhere. As I’ve felt many times over the years at what’s around 50 plus Korn shows now, the venue literally shakes beneath you, the crowd moves and headbangs in unison and it creates this one of a kind energy only possible when Korn is on stage.
The band also acknowledges that none of it is possible without the fans, Davis took a minute to tell the packed New Jersey audience “You people have given us every F**king thing we have” something that is not often expressed, especially from bands at their level.
The band’s production on this run is a massive step up from previous years with an insane amount of light coming from all angles and the stage covered in screens.
The band is whole again, motivated it seems. This performance happens to be one of the best I’ve seen in years, especially in terms of vocalist Jonathan Davis. If you’re a Korn fan, you’ll know what I mean when I say you can hear the pain and anger in Davis’s voice. It’s raw, emotional and downright impressive.
The band’s setlist does a great job of including songs for Korn fans of any era. Highlights include the appearance of “Divine” in the set as well as “Shoots and Ladders” which sees singer Jonathan Davis in his traditional kilt outfit and the song transitions into a cover of Metallica’s classic track “One” which Korn not only does justice too but somehow makes the song heavier than it already is.
From there Korn just goes into a frenzy with “Got The Life”, “Make Me Bad”, “Somebody Someone” and “Freak on a Leash” all back to back which had the crowd going crazy!
The band then walked off stage, but returned moments later with an encore that began with a Ray Luzier drum solo of sorts and into the highly emotional “4U” which saw Davis belting the song with raw emotion. The band then went right into “Twist” and closed out the memorable set with the heavy “Falling Away From Me”.
I meant it earlier when I said this was one of the best performances I’ve seen of Korn in years, they’re somehow back at the top of their game and I’m excited to see what The Nothing has to offer and what we will see next from them.
If you have the opportunity to catch this show when it rolls through your city, do it! Check out the full list of tour dates below!
08/06 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater *
08/07 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center *
08/09 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center ^
08/10 – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre *
08/11 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center *
08/13 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre *
08/14 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage *
08/16 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center *
08/17 – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion +
08/18 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center +
08/20 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center +
08/21 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre +
08/23 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre +
08/25 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center +
08/27 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheatre +
08/30 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre +
08/31 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion +
09/02 – Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre +
09/04 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre +
* = with Ho99o9
+ = with Fever 333