BIOHAZARD, CHIMAIRA, BLOODSIMPLE To Support KORN In Australia

According to LiveGuide, KORN has tapped BIOHAZARD (original lineup's 20th-anniversary reunion), CHIMAIRA and BLOODSIMPLE to provide support on KORN's upcoming Australian and New Zealand dates:

April 15 - Perth, AUS - Robinson Pavilion
April 17 - Adelaide, AUS - Entertainment Centre
April 18 - Melbourne, AUS - Vodafone Arena
April 20 - Sydney, AUS - Entertainment Centre
April 22 - Brisbane, AUS - Riverstage
April 24 - Auckland, NZ - Vector Arena

KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer left the band's European tour last month for "personal and family reasons," according to a statement posted by the band at its official web site. Singer Jonathan Davis said, "We fully support Munky's need to be home right now and because we want to come through for all of our European fans, the tour will go on. It's what Munky wants us to do, too. We promise to give it our all every night!"

In a MySpace bulletin, Munky stated about his decision to leave the tour, "If you want to better understand my departure, then listen to the words in the song 'Watching the Wheels' by John Lennon."

Although his departure is not seen as permanent, Shaffer is the third original member of KORN to exit in the last three years. Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch left in early 2005, while drummer David Silveria went on "temporary hiatus" in late 2006 and has yet to return.

KORN's current touring lineup includes guitarists Shane Gibson and Rob Patterson, and ex-ARMY OF ANYONE drummer Ray Luzier, in addition to remaining original members Davis and bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu.

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