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Korn has big plans ahead for 20th anniversary

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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The members of Korn are viewing their current tour supporting Slipknot as a kind of victory lap for their 2013 album "The Paradigm Shift" -- and are feeling pretty victorious about it nearly 14 months into the cycle.

"The Paradigm Shift," which marked the return of Brian "Head" Welch after an eight-year split, was the heavy metal group's 12th consecutive Top 10 album. It spawned the rock radio hits "Never Never," "Spike in My Veins" and "Hater," but more importantly it satisfied the group members' dispirate tastes and musical interests.

"It's a perfect balance of everything Korn," explains bassist Fieldy (realy name Reginald Arvizu). "It has a little bit of everything of all our elements. So it's one of my favorites because of that."

Fieldy says he's also happy that "The Paradigm Shift" has "one or two kooky songs, which I really like. We've always had that, even back i teh day when we started. It might not be kooky to other people, but I like those oddball songs. I know hardcore Korn fans want their heavy bangers, but I really like the out-of-the-box type songs." His choice, by the way, is "Never Never," which the bassist calls "something a little different than what we've done before."

Korn will be joining Slipknot in Europe during January, but the group is primarily gearing up for a big 2015 during which it will tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its self-titled first album by playing "Korn" in its entirety.

"When I look at time and I see 20 years, it does go fast, man. It just flies by," says Fieldy, 45, who's also planning a new release with his band Stillwater as well as an album of instrumental bass tracks. "In the beginning whenw e started, we were like, 'We're gonna be rock stars,' and we knew it. We were kids. And we did become that, but now that we've done it this long you realize you're, like, one in a million.

"It's not as easy as we dreamed it would be, for sure. It just kind of was mean to be for us, I guess. But ou really can see the fine line and slim chances of doing what we do, so that's a trip."

Slipknot, Korn and King 810

7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29

The Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills

Tickets are $65 and $45

Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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