Korn @ the top of their game!

February 4, 2011

Bridgestone Arena – Nashville TN

The first time I saw Korn was at the Metro in Chicago supporting their first record.  The capacity crowd was energized!  The next time I saw them was in Tinley Park, IL at what was then called the World Theater in support of their second release.  Multiply that energy by several thousand, all jumping in time with Jonathan and the band.  The group was super tight, knowing each others next move.  I love that aspect of live performance – the band stretches, the music breathes differently.

I had seen them 1 0r 2 more times after that, but until tonight, it had been several years.  There has been some personnel changes and several more records so I was excited to see and hear the new Korn.

The other reason I was so excited was that I was bringing along  my son and his best friend, who were both new fans.  After securing our passes, I caught Jonathan coming into the backstage area from the buses.  We greeted each other and I introduced my son and his friend, who were not expecting to run into him so soon after arriving.  We talked about our families and about how they are still using Shure after so many years.  Jonathan then introduced me to “Stu,” the bands’ monitor engineer and we all went over to his area to check out Jonathan’s mic.  He’s using a UHF-R system with a customized Beta 58A capsule and a Beta 57A grille.  He also puts a piece of foam on the very top of the grille as he is constantly hitting his teeth with the mic as he sings and moves.  Jonathan even showed me where it has worn a groove in his front two top teeth!

On our way to the dressing room, Stu showed me “Munky’s” guitar ISO cabinet, complete with a KSM32, Beta 52A, and Beta 56A combo for his tones.

We then meet up with Wes Geer who is a sideman/guitarist in the group.  He is looking to get some UHF-R for himself as some point.  Next, Stu introduced me to the bands’ FOH engineer, who was from Germany.  Marko has been mixing the group for a few years and they all love him. I would find out why later.

Kicking off the show was a band I was not familiar with called In This Moment.  The female fronted group got the crowd in just the right mood for the next group, Disturbed.  After their set, Korn was up to finish out the evening.

Right when the band kicked in with “Blind,” I was back at the Metro, then at the World Theater, all in that one moment.  It was awesome!  As they went through their set, I realized…they are sounding better than ever.  The addition of drummer Ray Luzier, their new sound engineer, and the latest equipment technology all came together harmoniously.  It was quite an exciting show: to have seen them from their beginnings and progress to their current state was a great feeling.  Jonathan is singing stronger, the band is tight, and their fans are still hungry as ever. I can’t wait till they come back to Nashville.

Thanks guys for continuing to rock Shure!

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Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Ryan is a Regional Manager of Artist Relations at the Shure office in Nashville, TN. He started at Shure in 1993 in Customer Service and joined the AR team in 1996. Ryan has over 30 years of performance experience playing drums and percussion in various groups and genres. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, watching movies, videography, and camping with his family. His Twitter handle is @ryan_smith1969.

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