Korn, probably the biggest name in alt-metal, has been around for quite some time now, 20 years to be exact, and they’ve gone through quite a lot since then. The band isn’t the same one that recorded that twisted debut album in 1994 anymore, but that’s not stopping the band from running through their whole debut album onstage to celebrate the 20th anniversary of it. While it may not seem too significant for anyone who doesn’t know the band or hasn’t heard the album, it’s kind of a big deal, considering how strongly vocalist Jonathan Davis has spoken out against playing the album live. It makes sense too, as the album covers some extremely dark and personal themes that would make it hard to play onstage, especially ‘Daddy’, which is just 17 minutes of raw emotion…
Now is a different time, however, where the issues that Davis was facing at the time aren’t nearly as prominent as they were back then. Davis talked to Rolling Stone awhile ago about what it would be like to play a song like Daddy onstage for the first time, saying:
"I'll be playing 'Daddy', but that song is just so old news to me. It’s not going to affect me like it did back then. There was abuse there, I dealt with it, and the person who abused me is dead now. Karma took them. [Laughs] And, y'know, I've buried that. I'm just going to play the song for the people that need it, you know what I mean?”
And now, with all of that buried, and the sets played, video of the band actually playing the songs from the album has surfaced! It may be fan-filmed footage, but it’s better than no footage at all.
Here's a playlist with the whole set below, along with a few highlights:
Shoots and Ladders