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 

Ball Tongue
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
Another Brick in the Wall
Get Up
Got the Life
Freak On a Leash

All photos ©2013 AWeldingphoto and Pittsburgh Music Magazine


A film crew captured much of the momentous night
A film crew captured much of the momentous night


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!”

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Check out the Chi sticker...
Check out the Chi sticker…

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Brian "Head" Welch with PMM Editor in Chief Alan
Brian “Head” Welch with PMM Editor in Chief Alan
Jesus and Head
Jesus and Head

Rock on the Range 2013 Bands Announced


America’s premier destination rock festival ROCK ON THE RANGE–which has
expanded to three days this year–will hit hard with performances from some of rock’s biggest names. The
2013 line-up features Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Korn, Bush, Stone Sour, Three
Days Grace, Papa Roach, Cheap Trick, Bullet For My Valentine, Volbeat, Lamb Of God, Skillet, A Day
To Remember, Buckcherry, Halestorm, Hollywood Undead, All That Remains, Device (with David
Draiman), Steel Panther, Sevendust, Sick Puppies, Asking Alexandria, Pop Evil, In Flames, Clutch, In
This Moment, Black Veil Brides, The Sword, Ghost, Motionless In White, Red, Deuce, Middle Class Rut,
Big Wreck, Oleander, Otherwise, Red Line Chemistry, Young Guns, Thousand Foot Krutch, Mindset
Evolution, Tracer, Beware Of Darkness, Heaven’s Basement, American Fangs, Love And Death, Gemini
Syndrome, and more.

“We’re really looking forward to returning to Rock On The Range with a batch of brand new killer Alice tunes
to play for everyone!” says Jerry Cantrell, Alice In Chains.

“Head is back!!,” says Korn’s Jonathan Davis. “Rock On The Range is going to start it all off!! Get ready,
we are going to hit it hard!!”

“Bush are thrilled to be playing Rock On The Range with such great bands,” says Bush’s Gavin Rosdale.
“We look forward to seeing you all out there.”

“This massive lineup has scratched our seven-year itch!” says Gary Spivack, co-executive producer of the
event for Right Arm Entertainment. “Getting Soundgarden for their first Ohio play in two decades and
having seminal acts Alice In Chains, Korn, Volbeat and Papa Roach return along with bands new to ROTR that
include Smashing Pumpkins and Bush, and everything in between–the spectrum of rock n roll is covered…three days of constant energy. Rock On The Range is truly where rock lives.”

Now in its seventh year, ROTR will again take place at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH on Friday, May 17, Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 2013. With the addition of a full slate of artists performing on Friday, festival organizers are also adding a series of additional enhancements for ROTR 2013, including the new ROTR Comedy Tent.
“Our goal with ROTR is to constantly create new and interesting ways to expand the event and give even more
value to our fans,” comments Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of the event for AEG Live. “In 2013, we’ve
added a comedy tent within the site that will be curated by The Funny Bone comedy club. Having a slate of
incredible, up-and-coming comedians to riff on the rock experience will be a great change of pace for the
weekend. The site layout is also changing dramatically in 2013 to create better event flow, to add more
interactive fan activity to the festival, and to allow even more people to experience the higher caliber of talent
on the second stage this year.”

As a special limited offer, pre-sale weekend tickets start at a low price of $89.50 (plus fees), for Stadium
GA tickets only, from Wednesday, January 30 through Thursday, January 31 at 10pm EST.
Additionally, a limited number of Stadium GA “4-ticket packs” are also available for $299–a savings of
nearly 25%–beginning on Wednesday, January 30, while supplies last.

Pre-sale tickets are available at www.RockOnTheRange.com. Tickets go on-sale to the general public Friday, February 1 at 10am ET. Rock On The Range is again offering premiere VIP Packages, Hotel and Ticket Bundles and Camping packages. Details and prices for VIP, Hotel, and Camping packages are online at
http://www.RockOnTheRange.com. Visit the website, www.facebook.com/rockontherange, and
www.twitter.com/rockontherange for the most up-to-date information.

“Rock On The Range strives to deliver an outstanding lineup for an affordable price and this year is no
different” said Ryan Smith, General Manager of Crew Stadium, co-executive producer of Rock On The
Range. “With the creation of the special $89 pre-sale ticket and 4-pack bundle, rock fans can see over 40 of
their favorite bands for an unprecedented value.”

Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG LIVE and Crew Stadium, ROCK ON THE RANGE is a
multi-stage music and lifestyle event featuring a potent lineup of bands on three stages and is proud to be
sponsored by Monster Energy, Jägermeister, f.y.e., and U.S. Army. The nationally renowned festival, centrally
located in the heart of the country, has annually drawn weekend crowds in excess of 70,000 since its inception
in 2007.