Korn Begins Reunion Tour 2013 with Brian “Head” Welch in Belle Vernon, PA

So, I’m talking to my buddy Jesus.  No, not that Jesus.  If I talked to that one I’d probably be bilking you for donations and pretending to heal people.  Anyways, he’s on his way to the Korn show in Rostraver.  Freakin’ Rostraver.  Belle Vernon, PA.  Like well out of Pittsburgh.  Why would Korn open their tour and first state side appearance with Brian “Head” Welch back fully with the band at a two thousand seat hockey arena in the middle of east “kubutt”?

Maybe it was the idea to have a nice warm up for the tour, the fact that drummer Ray Luzier’s grew up a stones throw from the place and much of his family was in attendance, or Korn just did not have a clue where Drusky Entertainment was able to book them?  It doesn’t matter, it actually turned out to be pretty spectacular for the fans.

The excitement was pretty palpable for fans and bands alike.  The audience was lined up fairly early in the day, made up of a lot of more rural folk who were pretty pumped for the big event.  But what was even more interesting was to go behind the venue to the buses and see Brian “Head” Welch’s band Love and Death and their nerves piling up. Head himself rolling around in dirt, literally, soiling up his brand spankin’ new white outfit and prepping it for the tour as a film crew captured much of the happenings.  Jonathan Davis cooly going about some last minute sound check vocals.  David Draiman of Device (and Distrurbed?) just returning from his workout at the local gym (that he walked to) and enjoying some nutritious refreshment via Sheetz.  These guys don’t act like rock stars.  They don’t talk like stars.  And most importantly they don’t treat anyone like the stereotypical rock star.

Before the show began I also ran into Josie from KornRow.com.  She is super awesome and it was a pleasure to finally meet her and the people behind KornRow.  Anyways, she shared some pix of her spending the day with some of the members of Korn who invited her, and other fans, hanging out at one of Ray’s family member’s farms  (in the area) complete with camels and a leopard and all kinds of cool exotic animals.  How many bands take their fans on intimate stuff like that? That was all before the show even began.  But the show was what everyone was there for.  Especially because Brian, fondly known as “Head”, was finally fully back with the band and even recording.

This was the first performance with Head in the States and it was going to be a momentous occasion.  They could not have opened with a better song.  It’s the song many of us discovered Korn with and became instant fans.  (I remember seeing the video at 3AM on MTV one early morning after returning from Casey’s Draft House.  It was the next day that CD became mine and my friends soundtrack.  We saw the band at a small college in Ohio, caught them at Metropole, Lollapolooza, hung out with Fieldy and Head backstage at the Vans Warped Tour, and many more times in the beginning of their career.)  All of it started with “Blind” and it remains my favorite song from the band.  Return to present day and the hits just kept on coming (see the set list provided by KornRow.com).  It was a special moment to hear them play “Chi”, especially when my bud Jesus gave Head a Chi sticker he made in honor of Chi Cheng from The Deftones (who was a very good friend of Korn) and he immediately put it on his guitar (see pictures below).  Besides those mentioned, some highpoints would be “Falling Away From Me”, “Coming Undone”, “Another Brick In The Wall” and “Freak On A Leash”.

Korn is back in top form.  For those of you who saw the Stage AE in Pittsburgh show last year, which was very good as well, there is nothing comparable to the interplay between Munky and Head that has returned.  That chemistry was missing and is now back in full force.  The between song guitar banter was mesmerizing.  But as far as reunions go don’t hold your breath for former drummer David Silveria to come back (more on Korn’s end than his), but rather look forward to the release of the new record that promises to be a return to the old formula.

Setlist 5/15/13 Rostraver Ice Garden 

Intro
Blind
Ball Tongue
Twist
Chi
Falling Away From Me
Narcissistic Cannibal
Dead Bodies Everywhere
Coming Undone
Did My Time
Shoots & Ladders/Somebody Someone
Here to Stay
Kill Mercy Within
Helmet in the Bush
No Place to Hide
Need To
Lies
Another Brick in the Wall
4U
Get Up
Got the Life
Freak On a Leash

All photos ©2013 AWeldingphoto and Pittsburgh Music Magazine

CHISTICKER

A film crew captured much of the momentous night

A film crew captured much of the momentous night

IMG_7916_Snapseed

The film crew helps Head "dirty up"

The film crew helps Head “dirty up”

Head exclaims, "Mama would be so proud!"

Head exclaims, “Mama would be so proud!”

IMG_7938_Snapseed IMG_7943_Snapseed IMG_8687_Snapseed IMG_8693_Snapseed IMG_8734_Snapseed IMG_8736_Snapseed IMG_8760_Snapseed IMG_8761_Snapseed IMG_8768_Snapseed IMG_8772_Snapseed IMG_8781_Snapseed IMG_8787_Snapseed IMG_8847_Snapseed IMG_8854 IMG_8854_Snapseed IMG_8868_Snapseed IMG_8909_Snapseed IMG_8912_Snapseed IMG_8922_Snapseed IMG_8923_Snapseed IMG_8925_Snapseed IMG_8927_Snapseed IMG_8941_Snapseed IMG_8945_Snapseed IMG_8946_Snapseed IMG_8947_Snapseed IMG_8955_Snapseed IMG_8975_Snapseed IMG_8989 IMG_8989_Snapseed IMG_8998_Snapseed IMG_9004_Snapseed IMG_9051_Snapseed IMG_9062_Snapseed IMG_9063_Snapseed IMG_9070_Snapseed IMG_9071_Snapseed IMG_9073_Snapseed IMG_9078_Snapseed IMG_9087_Snapseed IMG_9090_Snapseed IMG_9110_Snapseed IMG_9116_Snapseed IMG_9168_Snapseed IMG_9176_Snapseed

Check out the Chi sticker...

Check out the Chi sticker…

IMG_9209_Snapseed IMG_9211_Snapseed IMG_9213_Snapseed IMG_9214_Snapseed IMG_9215_Snapseed IMG_9219_Snapseed IMG_9227_Snapseed IMG_9228_Snapseed IMG_9231_Snapseed IMG_9234_Snapseed IMG_9247_Snapseed IMG_9264_Snapseed IMG_9312_Snapseed IMG_9344_Snapseed IMG_9375_Snapseed IMG_9391_Snapseed IMG_9400_Snapseed IMG_9403_Snapseed IMG_9407_Snapseed IMG_9422_Snapseed IMG_9423_Snapseed

Brian "Head" Welch with PMM Editor in Chief Alan

Brian “Head” Welch with PMM Editor in Chief Alan

Jesus and Head

Jesus and Head

About

COO/EIC Pittsburgh Music Magazine, Photographer, Rhetoric and Journalism Teacher, musician, artist, writer, tattoo enthusiast, animal lover.
Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

6 Responses to Korn Begins Reunion Tour 2013 with Brian “Head” Welch in Belle Vernon, PA

  1. Just EPIC!! I am soo jealous!!! and happy at the same time!!! <3 \m/ \m/ Hoping they make it to Washington soon!!! <3

  2. Pingback: Korn Begins Reunion Tour 2013 with Head in Belle Vernon, PA

  3. Robin Black says:

    Too bad nobody researched enough to know that Head’s drummer, Dan Johnson, is from Uniontown, PA – Love and Death was on the roster for this show and they ARE Head’s band.

Leave a Reply

  • Alexa Rank