My KoRn StOrY
This is my KoRn story. I saw KoRn
live, April 9th, 1999 at the Tacoma Dome in
Tacoma, WA (about 45 minutes south of Seattle).
I had planned on bootlegging the show as well as
taking pictures. I was able to do both.
I managed to bootleg most of the show, but for
some reason the tape didn't record on the other
side...and I didn't get the first song, Blind, as
I was too busy fighting my way to safety!
KoRn's stage set consisted of their infamous
"cage", a 10 foot video screen, and chainlink
fencing with barbed wire around the top. It was
set up like a prison.
The show started with all of the people who got
to be in the cage marched across the stage like
prisoners with KoRn's roadcrew dressed up as
guards. There was the sound of a klaxon and
search lights. KoRn then came out after everyone
was "secured". They opened with Blind.
Now, I was like 10 feet from the stage cause I
wanted to get some closeup photos...but when
Jonathan screamed, "Are you ready?!", the place I
was standing suddenly turned into the mosh pit
from hell! I
literally fought my way out of the pit to the
sidelines where I could record the show and take
I had to run through people and practically start
swinging just to get out of the chaos! Needless
to say, I missed all of the first song just
trying to get to safety. I thought I had broken
my camera, since it was in my hand the whole
time, but luckily, I didn't.
Once in a safe place I started taping the show
(this was a little after the beginning of the
second song, Need To). I took a total of about
35 pictures. (note that the pictures on here I
did not take = they are from
The giant video screen they had behind them was
very cool. They had a couple camera men walking
around on stage as well as one behind the sound
board. You could plainly see what was going on
onstage if you were so far back that the band
were nothing but ants. They also showed clips
from their videos for A.D.I.D.A.S., Freak On A
Leash, Got The Life and showed some stuff from
the Who Then Now? video during It's On as well as other homemovie footage. Most of the video clips were tweaked with effects throughout the songs which looked really cool.
One of the most memorable parts of the show was
near the end when they played My Gift To You and
Jonathan freaked out and was lying on the floor
of the stage at one point. This made the crowd go
They encored with Faget and ended the show with
Earache My Eye with Jonathan on drums, David on
bass, Munky and Head switching sides of the
stage, and Fieldy on vocals. This song
After the show I hooked up with my friend that
had came with me and we made our way back to the
car. On the way back we passed the rear gate
where the tour buses were parked. Well, I wanted
to meet KoRn. I met them once during their KoRn
Kampaign and they seemed really cool then, but
this night KoRn really disappionted me.
Me and my friend and about 20 other KoRn fans all
waited at this fence for over 3 hours in 30
degree weather and slight rain. KoRn never came
out to say hi or sign autographs or anything.
They may have after I left, but I was there from
after the show (about 11:45) until around
Head was seen going in and out of the bus about 3
times and all he did was wave to us and get on
the bus or off. He never came over at all. We
were told by people with backstage passes that
they were being dicks. Apparently they were
having an aftershow party with pot, drinks and
women. Fieldy came out right before I left with
2 skanky lookin' chicks on his arm. He just
walked onto the bus. I left after that.
I like KoRn and think they are a great band, but
after this incident it seems to me that they have
become stuck up "rock stars". I was genuinely
disappointed. Maybe they came out after I left,
but all I know is you don't leave your fans
standing out in the cold while you non-chalantly
wander from the bus back to the venue.
WE are the ones who put KoRn where they are. WE
buy the records, go to the shows and watch the
videos! I think KoRn needs to really respect
their fans more. Maybe this was an isolated
incident but everyone we talked to said KoRn was
just being a bunch of assholes.
Well, at least I have the pictures and the tape
of the show. KoRn performed a phenomenal
Jonathan was very energetic and spoke quite a bit
compared to how I've seen in the past he's pretty
quiet on stage.
Overall I had a great time and would recommend
KoRn to anyone! Just don't expect an autograph
after the show!
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