Korn will be inducted into the Guitar Center's RockWalk on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California on October 8th, the same day that the band releases its 11th album, The Paradigm Shift. Korn frontman Jonathan Davis said, "When you look at the names of the other people inducted here all you can say is 'Wow!' What an honor!" Guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer added, "When we started out we were five guys in a garage with a dream. I'd like to think we tried our best to create some great music and an innovative sound but to be honest we are truly humbled to be included here."
- RockWalk chairman Dave Weiderman said, "Korn is about as innovative and influential as they come. They have been purveyors of metal's progression since their formation, and are even credited with creating the Nu Metal subgenre. For these reasons, and many more, Korn is exactly the type of band the RockWalk is here to honor."
- We asked newly returned Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch to tell us the most important thing he would advise young musicians about being in a rock band: "You've got to get it in your head and your heart right now that you being this musician, it's not for you. It's for the fans. If you want to go out there and play onstage for a living, you are giving your life for your fans. And it's not about them worshiping you, it's about you giving a gift to them that they can appreciate. And once you make it about you, you're gonna start to shake and you're gonna break down and fall."
- Korn kicked off a new North American tour last week and plays Monday night (September 30th) in Toronto.
- After this, Korn and Rob Zombie will co-headline the Night of the Living Dreads tour this fall. The 17-date run begins on November 3rd in Reno, Nevada and wraps on November 26th in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
DID YOU KNOW? Other inductees whose handprints are on the Hollywood RockWalk include Eric Clapton, Beatles producer George Martin, Jimmy Page, Iron Maiden, Carlos Santana, Johnny Cash, Van Halen, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Queen and many others.
LISTENERS' POLL: Does Korn deserve to be inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
Adam O'Sullivan wrote: "Awesome! Well deserved!"
Jan Zuydijk wrote: "'Korn' and 'innovators' in the same sentence...what's innovative about the same riff repeated on all their songs???"
Judas Kiss wrote: "That comment is ignorant. The helped innovate the sound that was pretty much dominant from 1996 until 2002."
Eric Knapp wrote: "Haters wanna hate, lovers wanna love, I don't even care 'bout none of the above...Korn rocks."
Denny Periard wrote: "Well deserved? they are completely untalented posers. This garbage rap/hip hop metal did not define ANY sound through any metal era. Seriously! As a real musician and a 20+ year Metal fan this is a disgrace."
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