Korn, Alice in Chains rock Dos Equis Pavilion

Photos and words by Matt Pearce

The duo power tour of Korn and Alice in Chains made a stop at the Dos Equis Pavilion Sunday night in Dallas Texas. Two of the most legendary rock bands joined forces for a summer tour that metal fans will never forget. These two bands enlisted Underoath and Ho99o9 to join forces with them on this summer tour.

First up was Ho99o9 (HORROR) from Newark, NJ headed up by the OGM and Eaddy with former Black Flag drummer Brandon Pertzborn. The best description of the unique band’s sound is dark hip hop with the aggression of hardcore punk.

Next up was Underoath from Tampa, Florida. This band has only one remaining original member, drummer Aaron Gillespie which helped released the bands first album in 8 years. Their sound falls right in line with the lineup in this summer tour.

With a major name like Alice In Chains up next, the crowd starting to pulse with excitement. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s, along with other Seattle bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden. The band was one of the most successful music acts of the 1990s, selling over 30 million records worldwide and over 14 million records in the US alone with two No. 1 albums and six Top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart. And did they ever deliver! With mainstay hits like “Man in the Box”, “Rooster” and “Down in a Hole”, the crowd was extremely pleased with the band’s setlist getting the crowd fired up for the headliner, Korn.

Korn (stylized as Ko?n) is an American nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band is notable for pioneering the nu-metal genre and bringing it into the mainstream. Originally formed in 1993 by three members of the band L.A.P.D., Korn’s current lineup features founding members James “Munky” Shaffer (rhythm guitar), Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu (bass), Brian “Head” Welch (lead guitar, backing vocals), and Jonathan Davis (lead vocals, bagpipes), with the addition of Ray Luzier (drums) in 2007, replacing the band’s first drummer, David Silveria.
After opening with the new single “You’ll Never Find Me” from the upcoming album, The Nothing, they played a performance of “Twisted Transistor,” a song they hadn’t performed since 2007! Then they busted out “Shoots and Ladders” with a snippet of Metallica’s “One” at the end. They performed plenty of Korn staples as well, including “Blind,” “Got the Life” and then “Freak on a Leash” for the main set’s closer. For their four-song encore they did most classics – “4 U,” “Twist,” “Coming Undone” with a cover of “We Will Rock You” in the middle, and then finally ending on “Falling Away From Me.”
Metal fans left the venue with horns in the air and metal smiles on their faces.