Korn To Play Debut Album Live?

Former guitarist "Head" who is back with the band says they're about to discuss set lists and could perform one of their classic albums in full.

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Brian "Head" Welch, the former Korn guitarist who is rejoining them for a series of gigs this year, says he wouldn't rule out a full-length performance of Korn's debut album.

He also described the sudden and emotional reunion with Korn last year, after splitting from the band in 2005 amid drug issues and later finding Christianity.

When asked whether he would play a Korn album in its entirety, he said he's open to the idea:

"I think that would be kind of cool to do somewhere, sometime. Like the very first [1994's Korn debut]," he told Rolling Stone. "We're all just going to get together and talk about set lists. Obviously, all the hard-hitting, energetic classics, where people lose their mind those will definitely be there."

Describing his first reunion performance with Korn last year at the Carolina Rebellion Festival, Head said it was completely unplanned:

"I showed up at that festival I was on tour with P.O.D., and we had a few days off. They had a big festival, and Korn, Evanescence and Five Finger Death Punch were playing. I wanted to go and my daughter loves those bands. So I took her, and I was just going to go hang out.

"Then I met up with Munky [Korn guitarist], who I hadn't seen in seven years, and talked with him for 30 minutes. It was really heavy. Then, 10 minutes before they went onstage, [bassist] Fieldy is like, 'I'm just saying, we have a guitar set up for you.' I'm like, 'What? I just want to see you guys! All right, I'll play 'Blind'.

"It was just crazy, because it was really emotional. That's what set it up. Munky called me a month after that, and he said, 'Hey, if you ever want to come back, the door's open. We miss you.'"

Meanwhile, Korn have sung the praises of new album producer Don Gilmore, who is driving a return from 2011's "The Path Of Totality" to their traditional metal sound.

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    Whenever I read things in bold, my mind has a tendency to say them forcibly. Thus, hearing about five FINGER DEATH PUNCH, is just strange.
    Glad to hear it. I don't like Korn at all but I'm happy to admit that their debut album was actually pretty good! Would watch this performance given the chance.
    Pwnasaurus Rex
    If you don't like Korn at all, how can their debut album be pretty good? That'd mean that you like Korn a little bit.
    You don't have to like something for it to be good.
    Pwnasaurus Rex
    Yes. Yes, you do. If you don't like something, but everyone else does, that doesn't mean it's good in your eyes.
    Vicryl 2.0
    its kinda like this i dont like Trivium, i dont own any of their albums but i heard them. it was good, but not enough for me to like them the way how i like Mastodon.
    Sort of. I just like keeping an open ear and having a neutral stand on music when I hear it. I'm not genre bound or anything. Their first album was good, it's a shame people want to dissect what I say
    So they're actually talking about playing "Daddy" live finally? Interesting.
    They've played "Daddy" live before... 2 decades ago back before their self-titled even came out. And yes, Jonathan did cry on stage, but I seriously doubt Jonathan would be up for performing it live now just like it is on the album. If they were to play it again, they wouldn't play the whole thing if you know what I mean.
    Their debut album is quality groovey hard hitting music. and believe me I mostly despite nu-metal just like the next guy.
    I cant wait to see wht happens. Im getting goose bumps thinking about it.
    No one has mentioned yet that Korn was one of the biggest hard rock acts in the world almost the entire time Head was writing their songs. He is their main song writer on every single hit they have ever had. If he does rejoin them, expect something great from Korn again.
    Only album I heard from Korn, I recall some pretty cool bass work tbh. May give it another shot later...
    "Daddy" live? Doubt Jon would do it. I know I wouldn't. But props to Head and Korn for seeing past their differences. I hope he does rejoin. I always liked Munky's guitar playing better, but the two guitarists go together well and they're robbing the world of an epic duo by not having been together.
    A friend of mine said the only issue (pun intended) with playing the first album entirely live, is how emotional it gets. If Davis is alright with singing it then by all means do it guys! I just see it being a difficult performance because of the emotion behind it. Another reason why I have always respected him as a lyricist. They are deep to him and he shows it so much live every time.
    Meanwhile In a studio somewhere "Hey guys how can we get ahead with this new album?" "How about we get a new head" "Or Maybe just the old Head." Its a no brainer..
    I would totally go see that if they did an American tour. Their debut is easily their best album (as is the case with most nu metal bands). Still, I can't imagine "Daddy" live... it'd be weird for them and for the audeince, I bet.
    They have done it before...long time ago... You can find it on you tube..
    Thanks for letting me know; just watched it. The thing is that in the video, they perform the demo version. In the final studio version, Jon's crying for like four minutes (almost half of the song)! Maybe if Jon's willing to perform it, they could just cut it off at that final scream right before he starts sobbing and everything... I dunno. It'd still probably be weird.
    Untouchables would be better, or take a look in the mirror, cant wait for their new album, ****. BEST LIVE BAND.
    Korn's first album is pretty good I admit. The second album I didn't care for, and the rest of the stuff with they did with Head I'm neautral about it. The rest is either hit (Korn III) or a MAJOR miss (Path Of Totality is the worst thing out there right now). But it seems like they're making a step in the right direction. Kudos! But I'm still not a fan of nu metal. Sorry, not my cup of tea!
    Their debut and "Life Is Peachy" were decent albums. They didn't really lose their edge until "Follow the Leader".
    That would be pretty nice, but it would probably be all the songs except the last one, but they'd have a damned good reason for leaving the last song out.
    I saw them in October 1995. Korn played 8 or 9 songs for about 40 minutes. They certainly did not play Daddy...fwiw.
    Hopefully he truly returns and they make another album. The last few have been fairly disappointing.
    Damn. Gotta love Head. So glad to hear/see that he and the rest of the band are comfortable enough with his faith to play together again ^_^
    Anyone noticed that Head's rejoined for 5 minutes and already he's deciding the future of the band with all these news articles. o_O