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KORN has announced plans for a truly diverse and epic summer tour, set to get underway June 16 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, Utah and then continue through early August. Presented by Live Nation, "The Serenity Of Summer" tour will feature special guests and fellow Roadrunner recording group STONE SOUR on all dates. The powerfully eclectic tour is rounded out by support from Japan's female-fronted BABYMETAL, southern rapper YELAWOLF and ISLANDER (June 16-25), followed by a second leg (July 19 - August 2) which will see KORN joined by SKILLET, YELAWOLF and DED, creating a versatile bill reminiscent of KORN's famed "Family Values" tours in the past (see itinerary below).
Fan club and VIP ticket packages for the upcoming tour will go on sale beginning March 7 at 10:00 a.m. local time at Korn.com; Citi cardmembers presale begins that same day at noon local time. For complete Citi pre-sale details visit: www.citiprivatepass.com. Live Nation presale starts on March 8 at 10:00 a.m. local, followed by a Spotify presale beginning March 9 at 10:00 a.m. local and a BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale starting March 9 at 10:00 a.m. local. All presales end March 9 at 10:00 p.m. local timing. Remaining tickets for all dates will go on sale to the general public on March 10 at 10:00 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com.
For complete details, please visit www.korn.com/tour.
"The Serenity Of Summer" 2017 U.S. Tour
June 16-25 with STONE SOUR, BABYMETAL, YELAWOLF, ISLANDER
July 19 - August 2 with STONE SOUR, SKILLET, YELAWOLF & DED
Jun. 16 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
Jun. 18 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
Jun. 20 - Chula Vista, CA - Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Jun. 21 - Inglewood, CA - The Forum
Jun. 22 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
Jun. 25 - Nampa, ID - Ford Idaho Center
Jun. 26 - Pocatello, ID - Portneuf Wellness Complex Amphitheatre*
Jul. 19 - Syracuse, NY - Lakeview Amphitheater
Jul. 20 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
Jul. 23 - Hartford, CT - XFINITY Theatre
Jul. 25 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
Jul. 26 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
Jul. 27 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Jul. 29 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
Jul. 30 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 01 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
Aug. 02 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
* June 26 date on sale March 17
KORN's latest album, "The Serenity Of Suffering", came out at the end of October. The track "A Different World" features a guest appearance from SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor.
KORN singer Jonathan Davis spoke about getting Taylor to appear on the song. "We were trying to figure out who we wanted to collaborate with, and I'm like, 'You know, that's the one, that's the guy,'" he said. "And I texted him, I'm like, 'Do you want to be on a new KORN track?' He's all, 'Hell yeah! When and where, what do I do?' So he did great on the song. I already did my parts, I'm like, 'Do what you do, man.' And I like the way he did it, the approach: he starts creeping in underneath the song, you can start slowly hearing his voice under mine, and it crescendos up into the middle part where he sings, and then it's just full-on at the end, so the song came out great."
Taylor said that he became involved in "A Different World" after receiving "a phone call, like, 'Hey, do you wanna do this?' And I was on the plane the next day. I flew in, and I hadn't even heard the music. I was, like, 'Yeah.' 'Cause as a fan and as a friend, it was just something that we had been talking about for years. And all the stars aligned and I got to do this track. And it is heavy, dude. It is so righteous. People are gonna lose their minds."
STONE SOUR has set "Hydrograd" as the title of its new album, due out in June. Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio that the new disc is a natural progression from the band's last studio efforts. "All the promise that we showed on the 'House Of Gold And Bones' albums, we are really trying to kind of push even further with this, and it's exciting, man," he said. "Style-wise, it'll feel like it's kind of all over the map, but it'll be very, very unifying when everybody hears it. I'm really excited."
Taylor recently told Matt Pinfield about the new disc's musical direction: "It is such a great amalgam of all of these different styles that we just absolutely love. It's got a little bit of the heavy, like we like to do, but it's also way more hard rock — way more rock 'n' roll and hard rock than heavy. I mean, there's even a little bit of punk in there. And there's an energy there that is gonna decimate and blow away a lot of stuff that comes out [this] year. That's how excited I am."
The new STONE SOUR album is being recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, California.
STONE SOUR's last full set of new material was the "House Of Gold And Bones" double album, which was released in two parts in 2012 and 2013. The band also released two EPs of cover songs in the last couple of years, "Meanwhile In Burbank..." and "Straight Out Of Burbank".
Taylor returned to the STONE SOUR fold this year after his other band, SLIPKNOT, completed the touring cycle for its 2014 album, ".5: The Gray Chapter".