KORN fan site KornTV.co.uk has posted the first picture of FEAR FACTORY guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers performing with KORN as the replacement for the recently departed Rob Patterson. The photo, which was taken at the Super Bock Super Rock XL festival in Lisbon, Portgual on Thursday (May 25), can be viewed at this location (a picture of Christian performing with FEAR FACTORY can be seen here). (NOTE: All of KORN's backing band wear animal masks while performing in concert. The move is apparently intended to separate the hired musicians from the actual band and to incorporate the look of the new album cover into the group's live performance.) A couple of video clips from the May 26 concert in Madrid, Spain have also surfaced: "Here to Stay" (video), "Somebody Someone" (video).
Rob, who was previously the guitarist for OTEP, joined KORN as the backup guitarist in July 2005, filling the slot left vacant by the departure of Brian "Head" Welch.
FEAR FACTORY are not currently on tour and have no dates scheduled until the fall. However, it is not clear if Wolbers will only be joining KORN for the European leg of the "See You on the Other Side" world tour or if his tenure with the group will be extended to include the upcoming Family Values trek.
KORN's upcoming DVD, "Live On The Other Side", will receive a big screen premiere on June 19 at more than 100 theatres in 70 markets nationwide. Along with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and music videos, the disc will feature excerpts from a private show the band played for contest winners and U.S. soldiers on a plane headed to New York from Europe.
The DVD will be in stores on June 20.
KORN will headline the Family Values tour this summer, which begins on July 27 in Virginia Beach. The main stage lineup also features DEFTONES, STONE SOUR, FLYLEAF and DIR EN GREY.