SKINDRED, the Welsh band featuring former members of DUB WAR, have secured the opening slot on KORN's fall 2004 U.S. tour. Also appearing on the bill will be CHEVELLE. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Nov. 12 - Sacramento, CA - Arco Arena
Nov. 13 - Salem, OR - The Armory
Nov. 14 - Seattle, WA - Tacoma Dome
Nov. 17 - Los Angeles, CA - Universal Amphitheatre
Nov. 18 - Las Vegas, NV Thomas & Mack Center
Nov. 20 - Tucson, AZ - Pima County Fairgrounds
Nov. 22 - Colorado Springs, CO - World Arena
Nov. 24 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
SKINDRED's debut album, "Babylon", was re-released on August 31 through Bieler Bros./Lava Records. A video for the group's current single, "Nobody", was shot in Canada.
In a recent interview with the Las Vegas Mercury, SKINDRED frontman Benji Webbe spoke about the persistent comparisons between his group and "the grand Rastas of punk rock," BAD BRAINS.
"To someone who doesn't know anything about reggae music, of course we're going to sound like BAD BRAINS," he said. "It's like someone who doesn't know anything about opera might say that Pavarotti sounds just like Mario Lanza. But when your ears are trained and you know what you're looking for, you're going to say, 'Shit no, Mario Lanza don't sound nothing like Pavarotti.'"
Webbe is more apt to compare SKINDRED with acts like THE CLASH, THE SPECIALS and NO DOUBT — bands that folded ska's upstroke rhythm into a rock 'n' roll framework. He jokingly refers to the style as "nu-reggae," riffing on the mainstream's tendency to classify everything not easily categorized as nu-metal. "It's not like Frankenstein," Webbe said. "We ain't sewing bits of bodies together in a lab, you know. We're taking a bit of ska and a bit of dancehall and a bit of metal and making the music we love the only way we know how."