Jonathan Davis - lead vocalist.
Shaffer - guitars.
Brian Welch - guitars.
Reginald Arvizu - bassist.
David Silveria - drums.
The angsty rap-metal quintet Korn has emerged from
obscurity to become one of the most popular new bands of
the 1990s, building an underground fan base worldwide
through touring, not MTV imagery.
of Korn go back to 1992 in the agricultural city of
Bakersfield, Calif., where James "Munky" Shaffer
(guitar), Brian "Head" Welch (guitar), Reginald
"Fieldy" Arvizu (bass) and David Silveria
(drums) formed a heavy metal band called LAPD. After
recording one album, LAPD dropped their singer and became
Creep; with the addition of vocalist Jonathan Davis -- a
mortician-in-training who formerly fronted a group called
Sexart -- the band moved to Huntington Beach, near L.A.,
and became known as Korn. Their 1994 major-label debut, Korn,
took off slowly, but after nearly two years of touring
with Ozzy Osbourne, 311, Marilyn Manson, KMFDM and
Megadeth, Korn had sold over 700,000 copies of their LP
and built a large, loyal fan base of alienated small-town
1996 follow-up, Life Is Peachy, produced by Ross
Robinson, debuted at No. 3 and spawned the radio hit
"A.D.I.D.A.S.," signaling that despite its
uncompromising sound, Korn had become a force to be
reckoned with. During a stint on that summer's Lolapalooza
tour, Korn proved to be by far the most popular
attraction; two years later they launched their own
"Family Values" tour as headliner. Also in 1998
the group garnered massive publicity when a student who
wore a Korn shirt to school in conservative Zeeland,
Mich., was suspended because his principal believed Korn's
lyrics were "obscene;" the band responded by
giving away free t-shirts outside the school.
latest Korn album, Issues, was released to mixed
reviews in November 1999.