Working on the road is a bit of a summer vacation for the members of Korn this year.
“We’ve been home for probably over a year now,” notes bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu. “Our manager said, ‘Hey, we’ve got festival shows lined up for your guys if you want to, across the United States and Europe.’ And we’re like, ‘Yeah, let’s rock out, man.’
“We’ve been working on a new Korn CD, so we thought, ‘Let’s take a little break and come back refreshed.’ We really want to get out on stage again. I’m excited about playing.”
The group members — Fieldy, frontman Jonathan Davis, guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer and drummer Ray Luzier — have been busy despite being off tour, and none moreso than the bassist. He recently published a memoir, “Got the Life: My Journey of Addiction, Faith, Recovery, and Korn,” and is working on two more book projects as well as the first album by Stillwell, his “street metal” side band with rapper Q-Unique and P.O.D. drummer Wuv Bernardo.
But Korn is his priority, and while readying “a set of a lot of Korn classic songs” for the summer tour, the group has also been “really banging it out” on its next album, the follow-up to 2007’s “Untitled,” with producer Ross Robinson. “It’s really, like, old school Korn,” Fieldy says. “It’s heavy riffs, and we’re trying to strip it down raw and get those heavy groove riffs that make you want to hop around or jump around or just go crazy.”
Korn has decided not to road test any of the new songs on tour, but Fieldy says the group has also been continuing to record other bands’ songs for a long-discussed covers project that may come out after the group’s next album.
Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, the Used, Duff McKagan’s Loaded and Burn Halo perform at 5 p.m. Friday (May 15)at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $35 and $49.50 for pavilion and $25 for lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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