Legends Korn, Rob Zombie headline 'Return of the Dreads Tour' Aug. 3 at The Woodlands

Legends Korn, Rob Zombie headline 'Return of the Dreads Tour' Aug. 3 at The Woodlands


Two of the biggest names in the metal rock world have joined together for a co-headlining Return of the Dreads summer tour with legendary acts Korn and Rob Zombie, along with special guest In This Moment. The show plays the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavil­ion on Wednesday, Aug. 3, with gates opening at 5:30 p.m.

From Bakersfield, Califor­nia, Korn formed in 1993 with a lineup consisting of Jonathan Davis (vocals), James “Munky” Shaffer (guitar), Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu (bass), and Brian “Head” Welch (guitar). Six albums were released, two Grammy Awards won and 35 million records flew off the shelves. Songs like “A.D.I.D.A.S.,” “Freak on a Leash” and “Falling Away from Me” were staples on radio and still remain etched in the rock pantheon today.

Head left the group in 2004 to face the demons of addic­tion, but Korn soldiered on, adding drummer Ray Luzier in 2007 and releasing four more full-length releases. In 2012, a triumphant and tear-filled reunion happened on stage as the group headlined the Caro­lina Rebellion Festival with Head reprising his legendary part on their 1994 hit, “Blind.”

The initial bond between members came back into focus, and it was time for their next studio album, The Para­digm Shift, which seamlessly melds the group’s ever-present spirit of innovation with their signature metallic sound, pav­ing the way toward a bright future. In 2014, Korn started their 20th anniversary celebra­tions, playing their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album in its entirety.

The shows were so well received, the group continued the fes­tivities into 2015, performing the record on tour to fans around the world.

Now, it’s full steam ahead for Davis, Munky, Head, Fieldy and Luzier. After more than 21 years, and the band continues to headline and sell out shows.

“I don’t know if it’s a secret, but we just try to reinvent our­selves without going too far,” said Fieldy. “We try to keep the integrity of what Korn sounds like.”

Recently, the band played “Rotting in Vain,” a new song at the Chicago Open Air Festi­val, which was well received and can be best described as “old school” Korn. A new vid­eo recently premiered on Roll­ingStone.com.

“Playing a new song was pretty nerve racking,” said Fieldy. “It was the first time for us to play it on stage, and we were all nervous. It’s such a heavy-banging song, and we were really excited to play it.”

Last week, the band announced the title of its 12th studio album, The Serenity of Suffering, which releases on Oct. 21.

“We all started writing together as a group,” said Fieldy. “We then met in an old studio in Nashville and record­ed it together. One thing I thought was real cool that I have never seen in 22 years was Head and Munky tracking guitar parts at the same time.”

Fieldy said the Return of the Dreads tour is a massive concert that fans are sure to enjoy. “These shows are so big, it’s almost like going to a festival,” he said. “If I were a fan, I would be really excited to come see this show.”

Tickets: $25-$69.50 at all Ticketmaster outlets including ticketmaster.com.

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Official video for Korn's new single, "Rotting in Vain"



Chad Cooper is the Entertainment Editor. Email: cooper [at] theexaminer [dot] com, Twitter: @thechadcooper