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Family Values Tour Remains A Simple -- And Cheap -- Proposition

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After the successful return of the Family Values Tour in 2006, the philosophy behind the festival-style hard rock show hasn't changed this year.

"It's really to create an event everybody could afford to go to, basically, and just have a good time," explains Korn frontman Jonathan Davis, who launched the tour in 1998.

"We're bringing a lot of good bands, and I think the overall reason we do it is for kids to come and have fun every year, where all music fans can get along and just have a good time."

Family Values took place in 1998 and 1999 (with Limp Bizkit headlining), then took a year off, returning in 2001 with Stone Temple Pilots atop the bill. The package was considered dead after that, but when Korn was looking to tour in support of its 2005 album "See You on the Other Side," it decided to recreate the festival as a low-dough alternative to other package tours, particularly OZZFest.

"It was a very successful tour," Davis says. "We played in front of over 400,000 people, so we definitely saw a resurgence in a lot more people coming to the shows."

Korn -- whose new album, "Untitled," comes out Tuesday (July 31st) -- is again headlining this year's Family Values lineup, along with Evanescence, Atreyu, Flyleaf, Trivium and Hellyeah, which features members of Pantera and Mudvayne. A second stage is showcases younger, up-and-coming acts such as Five Finger Death Punch and Droid, which records for Korn guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer's label Emotional Syphon Records.

"It really came down to, 'Here's a list of bands that are available,' " Davis says of the selection process. "We've seen them, or our managers say, 'You know, this band is cool' and we listen to them and we go pick them. If they want to be on the Values they come with us; if not, they go on some other festival.'

"It's really that simple."

For Evanescence, the Family Values invite was a no-brainer.

"To be able to be part of a festival with a lot of other good bands is a good thing," says group leader Amy Lee. "Family Values is great to be a part of. It's not only a ton of great bands but it's 10 bucks.

"And I think (Korn is) awesome. We've played with them quite a few times. It's really cool to be on stage with people you admire so much and that inspire you."

But while he's happy to have Evanescence on the bill, Davis says Korn has no plans to recreate its acoustic "Freak on a Leash" duet with Evanescence's Amy Lee from "MTV Unplugged."

"We feel like we did that. It was a special thing...one time only," Davis said. "this time we're more into just rocking out and doing an insane show for the people."

The Family Values Tour takes place at 2 p.m. Wednesday (July 25th) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $69 and $39 pavilion, $9.99 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com

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