Korn looking ahead to 20th anniversary of ‘Follow the Leader’, new album
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Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch was asked in a new interview on Good Company if the band have any plans to perform its 1998 breakthrough album Follow The Leader in full next year, since the LP — widely considered Korn’s finest — turns 20 years old on August 18th, 2018. Welch responded, “It’s gonna be the 20th anniversary of this record next year, ’98 to 2018, yeah, so we’re talking about celebrating this record somehow. But I don’t know.”
Welch also spoke about the band’s plans for its 13th studio album, which will follow last year’s The Serenity Of Suffering. He remarked, “The next record we’re talking about doing. You know, I think it’s gonna be a combination of maybe both (The Serenity Of Suffering) and (2013’s The Paradigm Shift). We’ll try some new stuff though, but we’re definitely going to focus on guitars again.”
- Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer has said that the band has changed a lot since recording its first album: “We’re so different now. I think most of us are (more) mature than we were back then. It’s kind of fun to just see how we react to some of the old songs when we play ’em, and it does bring back memories. But there’s some memories also that aren’t so good.”
- Welch noted one thing that will be notably different on the next disc, explaining, “Jonathan (Davis, singer), he said he’s gonna spend more time writing with us this record. ‘Cause he just came in — the last two records that I’ve been back — he came at the last . .. like when we were done.”
- Welch added, “(Davis) is gonna come in and be involved with the music. So yeah, I think we’ll have a good record, an even better record this time around because everybody (is) involved.”
- Korn will appear at Knotfest Mexico in Toluca, Mexico on October 28th, along with Stone Sour, A Perfect Circle and others. The night before, on October 27th, Jonathan Davis will take part in Linkin Park‘s tribute concert to Chester Bennington at the Hollywood Bowl.