PICS: Korn at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

Got the life: We caught two (count 'em) performances by Korn at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on June 20.

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Not only did the band pummel the massive Chula Vista venue proper -- they also performed at a private session presented by Zippo Lighters for a few lucky fans (more on that later).
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The group, which got their start in Bakersfield in 1993, was firing on all cylinders at the show. Stone Sour, Yelawolf and Baby Metal were all on the huge lineup – and photos of all three of those bands will be out soon too! Stay tuned!
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The band’s current lineup consists of vocalist Jonathan Davis, guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer, Brian “Head” Welch, bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu (pictured), and Ray Luzier on drums (he replaced original drummer David Silveria in 2007).
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As of 2012, the alt-metal band has sold more than 35 million albums worldwide. Twelve of Korn’s releases have peaked in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, with eight reaching the top five.
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They’ve released more than 41 singles, 28 of which have charted. The group has also won two Grammy Awards, out of eight nominations – and two MTV Music Video Awards out of 11 noms.
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Often thought of as the founding fathers of the “nu metal” genre, the band was initially signed by Epic Records in 1993 because they sounded like a “new genre of rock” to the label’s A&R reps.
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Since their ’94 self-titled debut, they’ve released 11 more studio albums – with 2016’s “The Serenity of Suffering” being the latest.
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Fun fact: When thinking of a band name, someone suggested "corn", but the band rejected that name, so Shaffer had the idea to spell the name with both a "K" instead of a "C", and a backwards "R", so the band's name would appear as "KoЯn".
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Another interesting tidbit: In 2002, Davis unveiled a microphone stand art piece dubbed "The Bitch", which was created by the late, great Swiss artist H.R. Giger (widely known for his unforgettable design work on the "Alien" film franchise).
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During their June 20 show, Korn played an 14-song set list, including: “Rotting in Vain,” “Falling Away From Me,” “Here to Stay,” “Did My Time,” “Somebody Someone,” “Clown,” “Black is the Soul,” “Shoots and Ladders”…
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Followed by “Twist,” “Got the Life,” “Coming Undone,” “Insane,” “Make Me Bad,” and “Y’all Want a Single.”
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They then came out for a four-song encore of “4 U,” “Blind,” “It’s On!,” and “Freak on a Leash.”
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Fans who purchased a Zippo lighter at the show got the chance to catch a special acoustic performance by Korn before they hit the stage!
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Their intimate acoustic set included the song “Clown,” which the band rarely plays live – so it was a real treat for everyone there!
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Seems a little strange to see the band with acoustic instruments, right?
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But, by all accounts, the set was incredible. Maybe eventually there'll be another Korn "Unplugged" album in the works!
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Did you know JDevil is Davis's EDM alter-ego? He has been DJing since 1987 while he was still in high school. His style combines elements of dubstep, jungle, drum and bass, four-on-the-floor, and metal.
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More trivia: Arvizu's nickname, "Fieldy," is said to have come about as an inside joke. Originally, his band mates called him "Gopher," due to his large cheeks. Gopher quickly became "Gar," Gar became "Garfield" (based on the comic strip character of the same name), and eventually "Gar" was dropped and a "y" was added to "Field" -- which became Fieldy.
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Fun fact: Davis and Korn voiced themselves in season 3 of "South Park" in the episode "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery" -- which featured them as characters inspired by the cartoon "Scooby-Doo," driving a van similar to the Mystery Machine and trying to solve a mystery about pirate ghosts.
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Both "Head" and "Munky" (pictured) were ranked at No. 26 in Guitar World's 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time. Makes sense!
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