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Interview:
Headbangers Celebrate Family Values On Tour
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Korn came up with the idea for its heavy rocking Family Values package tour in 1998, but it hasn’t played one since 2001.

But frontman Jonathan Davis says excitement over the group’s latest studio album, “See You on the Other Side,” and simple business sense brought the band back into the Family fold this year.

“We wanted to do something that was really cool during the summer and add value to our shows and do something that was affordable to everybody,” says Davis, 35, adding that the decision to price lawn tickets at $9.99 was a catalyst.

“The word ‘value’ kept coming up, and we were like, ‘Lets just bring back Family Values’ and put it out there and do a show for kids where everybody can come and make this an event. That’s pretty much what the whole vibe of this tour is — making it an event and have people come out and watch a lot of music and just have fun.”

Some of the fun can be had in paintball fields and baseball batting cages, along with an exhibition of guitars painted in tribute to Pantera’s late guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. But the music is the star of the show, from headliners such as Korn — which also released a live DVD, “Live on the Other Side,” and an archival concert album, “Live & Rare,” this year — and deftones to upstarts such as Flyleaf and Dir en Grey.

“The whole bill’s really cool,” says Davis, who solicited suggestions for the tour from fans via the familyvalueslive.com Web site. “There’s not that many bands to choose from anymore, so we got what we wanted. It’s a range; there’s hard rock and there’s metal and there’s all kinds of different stuff, and it’s nine or 10 bands for, like, 10 bucks, which is, again, a real value.”

In addition to Family Values, Davis says Korn already is working on material for its next album, while he and guitarist James “Munky” Schaffer are doing prep work for an animated fantasy fi lm called “Orpheum.”

deftones, meanwhile, became part of this year’s Family Values tour by “an act of deception,” according to guitarist Stephen Carpenter.

“We were gonna go on tour with Korn; that’s what we were told,” says Carpenter, 36. “We didn’t know about Family Values until after it was set up. Then it was like, ‘Well, it’s Family Values? All right, I guess.’

“People say we avoided it before, but we didn’t. We were just working on our own stuff, and the timing was never right.”

Despite rumors of rivalry between Korn and deftones, Carpenter says the two California bands have always had a good relationship.

“I’d say we’re just regular friends,” he notes. “We don’t hang out at each other’s houses every day; we’re not that tight. But they’re all good guys. I’m sure they have fun with us, and we have fun with them.”

The only thing deftones — who release a new album, “Saturday Night Wrist,” on Oct. 31 — don’t like, Carpenter add, is being compared to Korn.

“I never really heard the simi- larities that everyone talks about,” he says. “I want to know what those similarities are. I think they sound like they sound, and we sound like us and they’re pretty different. I’m still puzzled by what this sound is we supposedly both have.”





Korn and deftones headline this year’s Family Values tour, which begins 2 p.m. Saturday at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road north of I-75, Independence Township. Also on the bill are Stone Sour, Flyleaf, Deadsy, Bury Your Dead, Dir en Gray, 10 Years, Bullets and Octane and Detroit’s Walls of Jericho. Tickets are $59.50 pavilion, $9.99 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit

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