Concert Review: System Of A Down, Korn, & Russian Circles In Oakland CA

Last night (October 18), I attended System Of A Down, Korn, and Russian Circles’ show at Oakland Arena in Oakland, CA and it was a fun night full of incredible music.

The show kicked off with a short set from Russian Circles. Despite losing a bunch of gear in a recent theft, the band still showed up and put on a solid performance that got everyone ready for the evening ahead.

Once Russian Circles finished up, Korn took the stage for a killer set. The band blasted onto the stage with an adjusted lineup featuring Aric Improta (Fever 333), who is filling in for drummer Ray Luzier as he battles COVID-19, and Roberto “Ra” Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), who is filling in for bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu as he takes time to deal with some “personal issues.” Despite the lineup change, the band sounded great. Frontman Jonathan Davis and guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer even appeared to be back to normal following their battles with COVID-19. Some highlights from their set included “Shoots And Ladders,” which included a partial cover of Metallica’s “One,” “Coming Undone,” “Y’All Want A Single,” “Freak On A Leash,” and “Blind.”

After Korn, it was time for the headliners of the evening, System Of A Down. The band put on the kind of chaotic, high-energy set that only they can. The show featured most of the songs from “Toxicity,” which is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, mixed with tracks from the band’s other four albums. They also performed their two new songs, “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz,” which recently received their live debuts in Las Vegas, NV. The group were firing on all cylinders and looked like they were having a good time onstage, which is always cool to see. The crowd were also going absolutely crazy as they sang, danced, and moshed the night away. Some highlights from the band’s set included “Chop Suey!,” “B.Y.O.B.,” “Soldier Side,” “Lonely Day,” “Protect The Land,” “Aerials,” “Toxicity,” and their epic closer “Sugar.”

Korn Drummer Ray Luzier To Miss Upcoming Shows After Testing Positive For COVID-19

Korn drummer Ray Luzier will be missing three of the band’s shows with System Of A Down after testing positive for COVID-19. During his absence, Aric Improta (Fever 333) will be filling in. The group issued the following statement:

“Unfortunately, Ray has tested positive for COVID, and he will not be playing the next three shows in Vegas, Fresno, and Oakland. Korn will be continuing on as scheduled despite these circumstances. We are anticipating a quick recovery for Ray and he should be back to play the Los Angeles shows with us.”

Korn’s James “Munky” Shaffer To Rejoin The Band Tonight Following Recent Battle With COVID-19

Korn’s James “Munky” Shaffer will be returning to the stage during the band’s September 21 show at the Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas, Texas. This news comes after the guitarist recently had to miss several shows due to a positive COVID-19 test. During his absence, J.R. Bareis (Love And Death) was filling in.

Korn To Replace Faith No More On System Of A Down’s Fall West Coast Dates

Korn have been added to the rest of System Of A Down’s West Coast shows with Russian Circles. The band will be replacing Faith No More, who recently cancelled all of their fall concerts due to Mike Patton’s battle with mental health struggles. Here’s the dates:

10/15 Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
10/16 Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
10/18 Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
10/22 Los Angeles, CA – Banc Of CA Stadium (with Helmet)
10/23 Los Angeles, CA – Banc Of CA Stadium (with Helmet)

Korn’s Jonathan Davis Thanks Fans For Their Support During His COVID-19 Recovery

Korn’s Jonathan Davis has taken to social media to thank fans for their support following his battle with COVID-19. As previously reported, the singer, who is reportedly fully vaccinated, is still dealing with some after-effects from the disease. Davis said the following:

“I’m not really good at this. I only know how to express my emotions is thru singing. I cannot thank all the people who prayed and wished me healing enough. In my whole career I’ve never felt so much love. I just want you all to know how much I love and appreciate all of you. I’m feeling better as each day passes.”

This news comes shortly after guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer tested positive for COVID-19. J.R. Bareis (Love And Death) is currently filling in for him.

Watch Korn Perform With Love And Death Guitarist J.R. Bareis

As previously reported, Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer will be missing the band’s immediate live dates after testing positive for COVID-19. The band have since recruited Brian “Head” Welch‘s Love And Death bandmate J.R. Bareis as a fill-in. You can see footage of him performing with the group during their September 9 show in Salt Lake City, UT below. Notably, the band have also been preforming with fill-in bassist Roberto “Ra” Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), who was recruited after Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu chose to sit out the tour to focus on “personal issues.”

Korn Guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer To Miss Upcoming Shows After Testing Positive For COVID-19

Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer has tested positive for COVID-19. The band issued the following statement:

“Unfortunately, Munky has tested positive for COVID. He is doing OK, but he will not be playing some of our upcoming shows. The tour is going on as scheduled despite these circumstances, and we are anticipating a speedy recovery. We’ll see you tonight, Utah.”

This news comes after frontman Jonathan Davis recently tested positive for COVID-19. He has since recovered, but is still dealing with some after-effects.

Korn’s Jonathan Davis On His Battle With COVID-19: “That Shit Kicked My Motherfucking Ass”

As previously reported, Korn’s Jonathan Davis has been performing with a throne at recent live shows due after-effects related to his battle with COVID-19. The frontman, who is reportedly fully vaccinated, told the crowd the following about that during the band’s September 3 show at The Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, PA:

“It feels so good to be back, y’all. Some of you might know, some of you don’t, but I’m recovering. I got COVID, and that shit kicked my motherfucking ass. But I decided I’m not gonna fucking cancel. … So I might be standing up, I might be sitting in my chair, but I’m gonna give you a hundred motherfucking percent. So let’s scream and have a good motherfucking time tonight.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Korn’s Jonathan Davis Is “Still Struggling With COVID After-Effects”

Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch has offered a health update on his bandmate Jonathan Davis, who recently had a battle with COVID-19. The singer, who has been performing with a throne at recent live shows, is “still struggling with COVID after-effects.” Welch said the following:

“Shoutout to Indianapolis/Noblesville, Indiana… My God, you guys gave us so much love last night. We appreciate you so much. Jonathan Davis is still struggling with the COVID after-effects. He’s physically weak and having a mental battle. And any type of love, light and energy you can throw at him — prayers, all of it. We have shows coming up, so all of you guys, check the dates. Whatever show you’re going to, throw him some love and energy, man — he needs you more than ever.”

[via Blabbermouth]