On June 19 KoRn brought their Path of Totality Tour to Pittsburgh, playing in front of a packed crowd outdoors at Stage AE.
Doing double duty for the night, KoRn front man Jonathan Davis kick started the festivities by performing a set as his DJ alter ego JDevil. Prowling the stage like a madman, Davis was dressed in a priests outfit with all black contacts in his eyes and a black grill in his mouth. He obviously was more comfortable in the front of the stage because he barely spent any time behind his DJ booth during his set; instead he jumped back in forth demanding the audience give him all they got.
To cement the idea that this wasn’t just a metal show, the next performer was another DJ by the name of Sluggo. I believe that he was taking a page out of the book of Skrillex by playing a set of classic metal remixes, but I am old and don’t listen to dubstep, so I can’t properly identify what was taking place. The audience either loved it or loathed it, as beer started flying through the air towards the stage at the precise moment that Sluggo started his set. At the price beer tends to run at venues these days, it is an extreme gesture either way to throw it at the stage. Having my camera with me, I ducked out and hid as to avoid this Iron City onslaught, so you will find only a few photos of Sluggo in my slideshow.
Finally it was time for the main act. KoRn was as phenomenal as ever. Breaking their set up into three mini sets (plus an encore), there was something for every stage of KoRn fan. First up was the set “Old and Rarities”, which focused on songs from the bands first two albums that they haven’t played in years. Starting their show with my personal favorite KoRn song “Divine” from their self titled album really got me instantly pumped up and into the show. The full set-list is below, but let me tell you now that if you missed the first five songs, you missed the highlight of the evening.
Next up KoRn went into a six song set featuring nothing but songs from their newest effort ‘Path of Totality’. Let me start by saying that I do not like this album at all. It is a steaming pile of crap that isn’t worth the time spent to listen to it. That being said, these songs were really really good live. So good that even though I had sworn never to listen to the album again, I went right home and put it in (yes, I still have a CD player), to give it another shot. It still sucked. But I will tell you not to let that scare you away from a KoRn concert, this band is still a powerhouse live.
The band then went into what most of the people in attendance were there for, greatest hits set that carried over into the encore. If you were a teenager in the late ‘90’s, you probably know most of the songs played during this set by heart. “Freak on a Leash”, “Got the Life”, “Falling Away From Me”, and all the rest that were introduced by Carson Daily only a little over a decade ago on TRL.
Writing this review almost three months after the show has given me more than enough time to reflect on the performance that night, and I have to admit that KoRn put on one of the best shows I have seen them do since before they vaulted up the charts. There was a certain raw energy that they were able to capture that night (especially on the old songs) that made me feel like a punk high school kid again and I had a blast through their entire set, new songs included.
Setlist KoRn at Stage AE on June 19, 2012:
Old and Rarities
- No Place to Hide
- Porno Creep
- Good God
Path of Totality
- Narcissistic Cannibal
- Kill Mercy Within
- Chaos Lives in Everything
- My Wall
- Get Up!
- Way Too Far
- Here to Stay
- Freak on a Leash
- Falling Away from Me
- Another Brick in the Wall Parts I, II, and III
- Shoots and Ladders/One
- Got the Life