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.”

We Are PIGS Premiere Music Video For “Kids” Featuring Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch & Love And Death’s J.R. Bareis

We Are PIGS have premiered a new video for their latest single “Kids.” As previously reported, that track features Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch and his Love And Death bandmate J.R. Bareis.

We Are PIGS’ Esjay Jones said the following about the song, which was inspired by HBO’s “Euphoria”:

“I was deeply troubled by its graphic and raw portrayal of sex, drugs, identity, social media and the difficulties of navigating life as a teenager today as seen on the show. It was hard to watch. I spoke to Brian about the concept – initially thinking the message was, the ‘kids aren’t alright,’ but as we started working together, we wanted to spread positivity, hope and purpose to youth with our words, and ‘kids are alright’ became the mantra.”

Welch added:

“For youth today, the world can be a particularly dark place, filled with many temptations. But there is always help available if one reaches for it as the red balloon symbolizes in the video. Giving advice to young musicians over the years, the number one thing I tell them is to strive for uniqueness!

There are so many copycats out there and the bands that stand out the most and have longevity all have a unique sound and quality to them that make them unforgettable and loved by many. We Are PIGS are so unique! When Esjay sent me the track for ‘Kids‘, I was instantly in love with it! This band doesn’t sound like any other artist out there and I’m so honored Esjay asked me and JR Bareis to be a part of this track!”

[via Metal Hammer]

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.”

Metallica, Korn, Slayer, Etc. Members Wish Happy 30th Anniversary To Machine Head

Machine Head have shared a new video in which members of Metallica, Korn, Slayer, Lamb Of God, System Of A Down, Anthrax, Halestorm, Trivium, and more wished them a happy 30th anniversary. You can check out that clip below. Machine Head’s Robb Flynn commented:

“Thank you so much to the friends, tour-mates, and brothers and sisters in metal, that contributed to this, we are beyond grateful, genuinely humbled, and honored by your words. To all the band members past and present who contributed riffs, ideas, melodies and lyrics, thank you for everything you brought and bring to the table. To Tony Costanza, who I wish was here to celebrate this moment with us, rest in power. Massive respect to the Head Cases that have fought side-by side with us, stood with us through thick and thin, and believed for 30 years!! We love you crazy motherfuckers!”

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 & Love And Death Members Guest On New We Are PIGS Song “Kids”

Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch and his Love And Death bandmate J.R. Bareis are featured on a new We Are PIGS song titled “Kids.” You can check out that track below:

We Are PIGS’ Esjay Jones said the following about the song, which was inspired by HBO’s “Euphoria”:

“I was deeply troubled by its graphic and raw portrayal of sex, drugs, identity, social media and the difficulties of navigating life as a teenager today as seen on the sow. It was hard to watch. I spoke to Brian about the concept – initially thinking the message was, the ‘kids AREN’T alright,’ but as we started working together, we wanted to spread positivity, hope and purpose to youth with our words, and ‘kids are alright’ became the mantra.”

Welch added:

“Giving advice to young musicians over the years, the number one thing I tell them is to strive for uniqueness! There are so many copycats out there and the bands that stand out the most and have longevity all have a unique sound and quality to them that make them unforgettable and loved by many. We are PIGS are so unique! When Esjay sent me the track for ‘Kids,’ I was instantly in love with it! This band doesn’t sound like any other artist out there and I’m so honored Esjay asked me and JR Bareis to be a part of this track!”

A portion of the proceeds from “Kids” will go towards We Are Moving The Needle and The Whosoevers Movement

[via Outburn]

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.