Korn celebrated the release of their 12th studio album with a private Los Angeles show hosted by SiriusXM at the Ace Hotel. While the audience was invite-only, they got to witness the band in a venue with a classic gothic-esque feel. The band rocked the intimate audience with a cross section of songs spanning their career, immediately breaking into “Right Now” and “Here To Stay” with the crowd on their feet throughout the entire set.
Since this night was the record release show for their latest album The Serenity of Suffering, the band performed their current single “Rotting In Vein” and “Take Me” from the album, while surrounding those with “Somebody Someone.” The newer tunes have drawn comparisons to their Untouchables album in parts, and they flow well with their guitar crunchy tunes they worked into their current set list.
The rest of their set list covered a few choices from various eras of the band; from “Coming Undone” to frontman Jonathan Davis-led “Y’All Want a Single,” which inspired crowd interaction during the choruses. Davis also broke out the bagpipes on “Shoots and Ladders” with them concluding with Metallica’s “One” to end off the number. The band also celebrated 20 years of their 1996 album Life Is Peachy and included “Twist” and “Good God” from that album.
It may be some time before Korn plays again within a club sized venue in the near future, but they showed that after 20+ years of existence the band still brings it onto the stage. This performance showed why their music has withstood over time and their fans still stick by them.
Text by Rei Nishimoto
Photos by Kevin Estrada
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